Private Pottery classes for groups

Pottery classes are a great way to engage with friends/ family/ work colleagues.

These Taster Classes are made for fun and designed to give you the opportunity to experience the potter's wheel and/or to learn a few hand building pottery techniques.  Whether you’ve never tried the pottery wheel nor even touched clay or if you would just like to re-connect with the medium, this is the opportunity to immerse yourself  in this 2 hour session and enjoy the experience.

Everyone will have one or 2 acceptable ‘keepers’ at the end of this class.  **For those who wish to keep a piece or two, we can bisque fire your ware once it has dried and then we custom glaze your work for you using StudioMade's house batch glaze - white ( refer below for this optional extra - you can decide on the day).

All things ceramic is a slow process.  If the kiln gods are kind and all goes to plan your pots will be ready for collection within 4 weeks,  at which point we will notify you and you can swing by to collect your precious cargo. response to some of your FAQs  -

  • we are a ready made group wanting to do a pottery class together - we have an idea of when we can get together
  • we are wanting to celebrate an event/party with some pottery on the side
  • I would love to do a pottery class with my child and know of a few like minded families
  • we are a small business wishing to do some team building at your studio
  • wondering if we could have a daytime event that might involve coffee/food and pottery
  • we are a family - together with younger children and teenagers - we would like to mix it up with the pottery wheel and some hand-building.

What can we expect during our 2 hour private pottery lesson?

Beginning with a quick tour of the 'wheel house' - We'll provide you with a walk through of our working kiln room and an understanding of the ceramic process.

Next it'll be aprons on ( dont forget yours - you'll get clay messy and spoil your clothes for sure ) and all hands on clay.

A quick lesson on wedging the clay - the hows and whys of your clay preparation.

The fun begins - with wet clay - centre, pull and throw - yep - its a workout - but we'll give you a helping hand.  Or if we're Hand building today it'll be something along the lines of pinch, coil, slab and roll.

2 hours and voila!!'ll have a few presentable pieces - glazing and firing is an optional extra and not included. Refer below for details.

If you choose the firing and glazing option we will notify you within four weeks to come and collect your work. 

StudioMade supplies everything  - we ask that you bring your own lengthy apron or a towel to drape over your lap - and trimmed nails work best on the wheel.

what's your event?

(oops the mark of the maker)| Taster classes at StudioMade - almost finished - raw pots
studiomade pottery class - Finn at the wheel
Taster class - event - the many hands of Barwon Water

 option 1 - small group

  • 3 - 5  participants $600 for a private 2 hour class - includes individual pottery wheel allocation and  individual attention to get the basics for a wheel thrown form.  Let us know if your group would prefer a hand-building lesson.
  • Runs to the format of a Taster Class.
  • $250 deposit required to confirm our agreed date
  • pottery for KIDS under 15 - refer below for specific information
  • Glazing and firing optional extra

option 2 - medium group

  • 6 - 12 individuals @ $110 pp  for 2 hour class - split group and individual work - individual pottery wheel and group hand building projects working concurrently - students switch over 1/2 way through to experience both.
  • $400 deposit required to confirm our agreed date
  • catering available
  • Glazing and firing optional extra

option 3 - large group - currently not available during CoVID restricted indoor numbers

  • maximum 18 individuals @ $100 pp for a 2 hour class - split group and individual work - individual hand building project and group hand building projects working concurrently - with a wheel option ( limited wheels available for larger groups) - participants switch over 1/2 way through to experience both.
  • $750 deposit required to confirm our agreed date

Glazing and Firing

  •  Eternity or Eco options

The Eternity option – additional $15/20

Decide at the end of your class: to keep or not to keep.

For an additional $15/20 you can choose 1 or 2 of your selected pieces for  StudioMade’s professional team to fire & glaze using our own house batch  stoneware white. Your pieces will survive *eternity – and be ready for you to return and collect in 3 or 4 weeks ( storage capacity is such that we can only hold for 6 weeks max – so into eternity they will not go whole).

Payment is due at the end of class.

The Eco Option – Free

We are just as pleased for you to choose the ‘eco’ option –  simply to have enjoyed your experience. Your pieces will stay with you in your minds eye and we will recycle then upcycle your used clay back into the clay buckets to be processed via our in-studio pugmill – for more clay experiences to be had by others ahead.


I would like to organise a private booking....what next?

  1. You organise your group based on the minimum class size/  contact us first with a few dates and we can lock it in with the allocated 'minimum' deposit.
  2. Confirmation is finalised when payment has been completed - within 7 days of agreeing on the date.
  3. For a full refund cancellation needs to occur within 14 days of the event agreed date.  Should Cancellation occur due to Co-VID lock-down - as per Ts and Cs - the event will be re-scheduled.