Have your own private Pottery day/night with friends (minimum of 6) or book into one of the ‘Clay & Cocktails by Candlelight’ Parties that are held every few weeks. See below or the calendar page for any upcoming sessions. For private sessions just text me your date to see if it is available. Sally 0439709492. Craft & pottery social evenings – fun and creativeness. You can make your creation totally unique with any design and even add your own name or a friends or family name to give as a gift. You will receive a glass of wine, cocktail etc on arrival. BYO for anymore. A fab mixture of fun and creativeness in a stylish venue with cool tunes! And not only is it fun; while being creative you will access your creative self and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
If you are coming for a private class and don’t want the wine and drinks part of it, maybe coming with kids as a family group etc it is fine to have tea and coffee and soft drinks but still have a private pottery session.
These events are held in our studio which is set amongst gum tress and 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.
For upcoming social ceramics classes please see listings below. For private booking of 6 or more please text Sally 0439709492. Please also text for anymore info.
Fee: $85 per person for 2-3 hours
Includes 1 drink (BYO for anymore), clay, glazes and 2 x kiln firings
The time slots that are usually available on a Saturday are 10am-1pm and then groups often go on to a winery etc. Or 2pm – 5pm or 6pm-9pm. And Friday any time day or evening.
You will learn to create something together from start to finish. The options are a vase, saki jug and 2 little saki cups, two cups, bowls, a set of sculptured birds, bird feeder, oil burner, and wallhanging. You will walk away with your own piece of art (well you will get it a few weeks later once it has dried out fully and been fired twice)! Each event will last approximately 2-4 hours. Each guest gets one drink – there will be wine, beer and spirits available to choose from & BYO for any additional drinks. It costs $85 per person. All pieces that you create on the evening are dried out fully for a few weeks, bisque fired in the kiln for 12 hours, cooled for a couple of days, unloaded from the kiln & then glaze applied by hand & then reloaded in the kiln and high fired for 8 hours and then cooled for a further 16 hours. For the full process of your work see below. Products are usually ready to collect approximately 6 weeks after your event. Please ensure they are collected within two months of your event date due to storage space in the studio. These events book out quickly so don’t hesitate to book!
Also available for Hen & adult birthday parties.
For any further questions you can also look at the ‘questions & answers page’.
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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 reloaded in the kiln and glaze fired. This takes 8 hours and then a further 20 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