Open studio, Term 4 enrolments, exhibitions around town and more....
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Open studio, enrolments for Term 4, exhibitions and more...

Open Studio

In collaboration with The Australian Ceramics Association and Craft Cubed Festival

We invite you to our annual Slow Clay Centre Open Studio this weekend. It is an opportunity for visitors to visit our studio and/or get their hands into some  clay! We offer visitors to go for a spin on a pottery wheel and/or contribute to our massive community sculpture. The hands-on activities, guided by our teachers and student helpers, will provide you with an introduction to our unique Slow Clay method and to feel the therapeutic power of clay.

Our experienced teachers will provide guidance and demonstrations throughout each day and information about all our weekly classes and events within a welcoming atmosphere of community. And did we mention?'s FREE! Why not bring your friends and family and combine it with a visit to other local studios? We will provide maps of the other fabulous studios near us who are opening their doors so you can visit them too!

Saturday and Sunday 19-20 August
10am - 4pm
FREE EVENT - All Welcome!

Term 4 Enrolment info:

  • Dates: Weeks starting 9 October - 1 December
  • For current enrolled students in weekly courses this term who wish to continue with us in Term 4, please book your spot now to either continue in the same class or to move to a different class. We cannot hold it for you. Regarding wheel courses, if you have completed two or more courses on the wheel at Beginner level we suggest you move into the Intermediate level. Please book in the office in person or by phone on 99437844.
  • For new students: From 1pm, Thursday 24 August we will open for new enrolments in all weekly classes online only. We suggest you refresh your browser at 1pm and be ready with your credit card to follow the prompts to pay. Our courses are popular and book out quickly so please be ready to click the course name below to go direct to the booking page at 1pm, 24 August. We apologise that no bookings can be made by new students before this date.
    Slow Clay Beginners Wheel courses 
    Slow Clay Intermediate Wheel courses
    Form & Surface Hand building courses
  • The following courses are open for booking now:                  Porcelain Wearables & Small Objects                                                     Clay Club after school kid's class                                                        Clay Club holiday course for kids

Please choose your classes carefully. Consult our Terms and Conditions.
Wheel Throwing 
Form and Surface - handbuilding classes 
Porcelain Wearables and Small Objects 
Clay Club: after school and holiday classes for kids
more courses....

Taste the Clay!

We have new dates on the website

This single session 2-hour taster class and will give you an introduction to what it’s like to learn to use the pottery wheel.

Come, try your hand!

Fridays forthnightly
5.30 -7.30pm

"This was my first turn at the potters' wheel, and it was AMAZING. The teachers are brilliant and passionate and I loved every moment of my class with them. The class is capped at 12 students and with two teachers there is plenty of one-on-one time. You quickly feel like you're part of the Slow Clay family. It will be the highlight of your week, I promise!" (MW 11/8/17)
New dates: book here!

And don't miss...

The Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 
16 August - 23 September
Manningham Art Gallery 
Doncaster Rd, Doncaster.

With over 70 finalists showing their work you can be sure to be inspired! Many Slow Clay Centre teachers and guest artists have been selected by esteemed judge Janet De Boos.  

See more
COOKED (last days!)
2-19 August

Lamington Drive Gallery
52 Budd Street, Collingwood

Lavington Drive Gallery is pleased to present Cooked – a group show of contemporary ceramics that challenge the distinction between function and sculpture and brings together 8 contemporary artists producing ceramic objects with an illustrative, graphic style. Co-curated with Jane Sawyer, director of Slow Clay Centre. Andrei Davidoff, Dawn Vachon, Grace Brown, Kenny Pittock, Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Susan Robey, Tai Snaith.
See more.

IDENTITY: Contemporary Australian Ceramics
5 - 19 August (last days!)
Skepsi @ Montsalvat
Montsalvat, The Barn Gallery, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham 

Skepsi Gallery presents Identity, an exhibition of ceramics by 47 artists from around Australia. This exhibition showcases individual expression in the medium of ceramics through diverse, inventive and accomplished work. Slow Clay staff and many of our guest artists have been invited to exhibit their work including Jane Sawyer, Prue Venables, Susan Robey, Sandy Lockwood, Greg Daly, Amy Kennedy, Damon Moon, Robert Barron amongst many others!  See more.

80/80: Eighty Years of SAM
Shepparton Art Museum
Until 3 Feb 2018

At Shepparton Art Museum: The Sidney Myer Ceramics Award might be over but 80/80: Eighty Years of SAM is on until 3 Feb 2018 and is a great survey of the collection including many key ceramic pieces. 

We suggest making a day of it, there's plenty to see! And this catalogue is well worth buying for the excellent artist descriptions and a detailed academic record of the works. 
Penny Byrne #Blood Diamond
Melbourne Science and Art Museum, Melbourne University
08.08.17 to 23.08.17
Slow Clay teacher and renowned artist Penny Byrne has been working non-stop on this piece and it is up! She invites you this Thursday, 17 August at 1.30pm, to have a sneaky chance to view it through the Hololens! Come along to see it in all it's full glory!  Using an infrared camera and an augmented reality Hololens headset, Malaria infected blood cells can be detected within the space, each identifiable by distinctive changes in cell morphology. Science and Art! 
Thanks to everyone who came to our forum panel and Q&A session last week to hear speakers Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith present their pathways to reach international audiences. MC Kevin Murray (WoCCA and Garland) did a great job stewarding the questions and a rich discussion with the audience followed. We apologise if you missed out on a ticket or were interstate but we will be putting together a podcast soon. Register your interest and we can send you a link. There will be a small fee TBA. 
5 STONES - A Ceramic Journey 
New book and exhibition by Steven Harrison at Watters Gallery

205 pages, 125,000 words, full colour, soft cover. Written, collated, printed and bound on the kitchen table. A very limited edition hand made book. This new book details Steve's recent research into single stone porcelain. The book will be launched by Grace Cochrane at the opening of the show at Watters Gallery. Harrison has a selection of single stone porcelain from all 11 sites on show in the exhibition. $100

BOOK LAUNCH and EXHIBITION OPENING: Wednesday 16 August 6-8pm
Watters Gallery 
109 Riley St, Sydney NSW 2010

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