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What a cool way to spend your birthday with friends.  Not only will you have fun getting creative while having wine, you will also get something to keep from this special experience.   You can make your creations totally unique with any design and even add your own name or a friends or family name to give as a gift.  A fab mixture of fun and creativeness in a stylish venue with cool tunes!  We can also play a couple of fun games to really get the party spirit going.

Bespoke packages are priced at $85 per person. For more info and to book, please text Sally on 0439709492

Set amongst gum trees the studio is a stylish light filled venue, with floor to ceiling windows & polished concrete floors.  There is a large studio space & a seperate lounge area with plush furnishings & neon artwork, where you can relax & have a drink.  You can party with exclusive access in the Studio

We are tucked away in Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula.  A short 20 minute drive from Geelong & less than 10 minutes from the Portarlington to Melbourne Ferry.  A great position for you to continue your day by visiting the many wineries on offer & take in the amazing scenery the Bellarine has to offer.  We are a five minute drive from award winning wineries.

These are just some of the options of the unique things you can make:

  • Learn pinch pot or coil pot techniques to create bowls, cups or objects.
  • Create ceramic flowers, these make great sculptures in the garden.  Look out for ours when you visit the Studio.
  • All produce something practical such as a cheeseboard or serving dish.  Use the sgraffito technique or imprinting and textures to create a decorative surface.
  • Clay spheres – learn how to make a hollow ball and paint them to create contemporary art.
  • Create a cool Frida (or other artist/character) salt and pepper pot, a great centrepiece for your table or kitchen worktop.
  • Ceramic wall hangings – make the ceramic shapes to create a stunning piece or art for your wall.  Lots of inspiration at the studio or come up with your own design.
  • Make a cute birdhouse for your garden.
  • Animal planters or plates –  Make bowls that are also cute little animals.  Great for putting a little succulent plant in or use as a bowl.
  • Handcraft your own bespoke jewellery.
  • Make a vase.
  • For 21st’s, 30th’s, 40th’s etc or big milestones – all guests can contribute to make one final piece for the Birthday Girl, such as:
  • You & your guests can each produce a clay sphere or circular disc that are then mounted together on a pole to make a spectacular collaborative garden sculpture for you to cherish.
  • All create a chess set together for the ‘Birthday Girl’ to keep as a special keepsake. This can be a traditional design or a contemporary theme.
  • All make a ceramic flower ready for them all to go into her garden.
  • Painting tiles to create a mural for the ‘Birthday Girl’.

There is the option for me to design an invite for you to either electronically invite your guests or have printed onto invitations.  These can be classy or fun (think the Birthday girls head cloned onto Demi Moore with Patrick Swayze in the background)!   I can also help you look at transport if you would like to carry on afterwards for a meal or wine tasting at the award winning local wineries that are five minutes away.   We can discuss finer details such as the time you would like to arrive and how long you would like to stay.  Generally three hours is a good length of time.  All pieces that you create on your special day are dried out fully, bisque fired & then glazed & high fired.  Products are usually ready to collect approximately 6 weeks after your event.  Please contact me to discuss details.

All packages include

  • Clay for each guest.
  • Underglaze paints provided to paint your work.
  • The pottery is then stored & dried out fully for approximately 1 – 2 weeks dependent on weather.
  • They are then bisque fired.
  • All work has 2 coats of  clear glaze applied and they are then high temperature kiln fired.
  • Access to the studio kitchen area and oven.
  • Wine glasses and plates.
  • BYO wine and alcohol, food platters etc.
  • Custom designed invite.

Handcraft amazing keepsakes from this special day with friends & family.  A truly memorable day with a unique blend & memories to cherish.

You can have food during your event or just concentrate on your creations and visit a local winery after your time here.  We have a kitchen with oven, fridge freezer etc that can all be used if you would like to cook or warm anything.  For a local gluten free and coeliac approved caterer please contact Cathy from ‘Mumma to Mumma’ on 0418551762 and look them up on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mummatomumma/  They offer meat and vegetarian lasagne, sausage rolls, frittata, soups, stews, curries, desserts and gluten free cakes.

We run an eco friendly studio and have invested in solar power.  We provide the plates and dishwasher.    We also have chickens so any left over food can be given to them.  These both help save on landfill.  If you choose to bring your own plates etc, all we ask is that you take the rubbish with you.  We use eco friendly soaps, washing liquid & detergent for the dishwasher.  The studio also has a septic tank which pumps and treats water without energy or chemicals.

For more info and to book, please text Sally on 0439709492

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You also have the option to use one of our personalised invites.  You can use these to text, email and print out. They are designed to the standard size to order invitations at Vistaprint.

THE PROCESS FOR YOUR POTTERY

Pottery work is dried out anywhere from a few days for jewellery and decorations to a few weeks for items with thicker areas.  Work that is made with slabs and has areas of different thicknesses has to be dried very slowly to avoid cracking.  And even with this slow drying there is always the chance that items can crack or break especially if they are slabs, delicate or have protruding areas.  There is always some stress in clay because of the fact that is shrinks as it dries and when it is fired and it also expands and contracts during firing. Sometimes this stress is too much and it cracks.  If the work is not fully dried out so it is bone dry then items can explode.

Once fully dried all pieces are loaded into the kiln then bisque fired to 1000 degrees celsius, which takes 21 hours.  After this the kiln has to cool down so that the door can be opened safely without anything exploding due to the thermal shock.  This takes about another 42 hours.

Work is removed and in between other firings these pieces are all glazed individually by hand.  The base to each piece is individually wiped down to ensure no glaze is on the base as this would stick to the kiln shelf and destroy both the work and shelf. And if there are holes for wall hangings and jewellery these have to be checked and cleaned out individually.  Work is then glaze fired.  This takes 10 hours and then a further 36 hours to cool down so the door can be opened.  Earthenware and stoneware clay has to be fired separately to temperatures of 1200 and 1280 respectively.

Failures in ceramics are inevitable, issues happen, but often the only way to understand this is to experience it!  Even skilled potters run into trouble as there are so many variables when dealing with clay, glazing and firing

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