Best Pottery Classes for Kids and Adults In Sydney
As Pablo Picasso said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. You can awaken your kid’s sense of creativity and channel his inner clay-master early in life by signing him up to the pottery classes. It is a scientific fact that playing with clay is therapeutic, relaxing and super bonding for kids and parents altogether. It is also an excellent excuse to get hands dirty and eyes away from the screens! Here we’ve gathered the crème de la crème of Sydney’s pottery classes. Let’s get the wheel spinning! And who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a nice new bowl with your name on it?
Art Est. Art School is a creative hub for the visual arts in Leichhardt, the heart of Sydney’s Inner West. If you can imagine the airiest, most light-filled art space with high ceilings, pottery wheels and wooden easels – then we found you your dream studio! In their creative warehouse, Art Est. Art School offers a multitude of classes: from drawing, painting to pottery and ceramics. They have just redone their ceramic studio, so now it’s brand new and shiny, and ready to take on even the wildest of your creative ideas. Did we mention that the school is also conveniently located within walking distance from Light Rail stations, and has plenty of parking options? You can choose from term-based classes (8-12yo, around $370 per term: 8 sessions, including materials), or School Holiday workshops for kids and teenagers (starting from $60 per workshop). There is also a good selection of classes for adults and whole families.
4/67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt NSW 2040
In this cute and colourful Randwick-based studio your children can unleash the wildest corners of their imagination by exploring pottery, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, recycled art and printmaking. They’re also officially allowed (even obliged) to make a big, fun mess around them! That’d be their favourite pastime, right? Kids Pottery Class (5-14yo) at Little Ginger Studio takes place every Wednesday at 4 pm – the whole term costs $270 with the first trial class at $35. Your kids will get a chance to develop some skills in hand-modelling clay, creating coils, slabs and pinch pots as the basis of hand building, and will learn the basics of ceramic glazing and painting techniques. They’ll also get to create 4-5 cute and quirky ceramic and clay pieces to take home!
48B Carrington Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
This studio in Crows Nest has regular pottery classes suitable for children from age 12 and adults too. The beginners' pottery class package consists of three 2-hour classes, where you learn to throw, trim and glaze basic cylindrical pieces of pottery. These three pottery classes are spread over the span of 3 weeks to allow time for your pottery to dry and get fired. For a three-class package including materials it will cost $180.
They will also organise an event for a group of children aged below 12 if you call them and ask!
2/15 Falcon St Crows Nest, 2065
This is one of the most popular art classes in the Eastern Suburbs, not only because of its location – in the iconic Bondi Pavilion overlooking the 1-km long beach. It’s been running for 40 years and has 11 classes a week for over 100 students! Their classes are for adults and children, from beginners to intermediate, and cover hand-building, surface decoration, glazing and wheelwork (only for adults). An additional motivation: selected clay and ceramic pieces will later be exhibited at Bondi Pavilion Gallery! Prices are $290 for the whole term (10 classes) for adults and $210 for kids.
Please note: Pottery Studio Term Classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Something At Mary’s is an intimate studio in Bundeena that caters for smaller groups and individual pottery classes. All courses include the tutor’s instructions, equipment, materials and firing costs. Their Family Class (daily at 10 am, 2,5hrs) may be a great idea for a fun family weekend outing, taking advantage of the beautiful Royal National Park nearby! Called ‘Smushing Platter Project’, this workshop allows the whole family to participate in making handmade food platters (each student will create their own). Cost: $120 per participating family member.
8 Mary St, Bundeena, NSW 2230
Pine Street Creative Arts Centre is the City of Sydney's community arts facility. It offers a wide variety of high-quality arts courses and classes, all led by specialist tutors and practising artists. The facility operates out of 2 locations: the main premises at Pine Street, Chippendale and the Harry Burland Activity Centre on the corner of Shepherd and Ivy streets in Darlington. Pine Street Creative Arts Centre is the perfect place to learn hand-building, wheel-throwing and glazing, and can help to take your kids’ (or your own!) pottery-making skills to the next level. So channel your family’s creativity at one of their courses – the weekend and 6-8 week after school term programs for kids aged 10-14 ($268 per term) open at the beginning of August.
Please note: Pine Street Creative Arts is temporarily closed.
Pine Street, Chippendale or Harry Burland Activity Centre, Darlington
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