Re-enrolling Students

Currently enrolled students should refer to the message board at Made in Clay for specific dates and procedures regarding enrolment.

As a general guide, you will have one week at the end of term before enrolments are made available on line to the general public, at which time, it is first come first served. So to ensure you get the class time you want get onto Cathy no later than the end of term.

Book now
Classes are filling fast. Please call Cathy 0427 449 334 to reserve your place. Or book online below:
BOOK NOW – CLASSES START 16 OCTOBER

Hand Building

Course information

Ideal for those who have had little or no experience working with clay and returning students who have a project in mind they’d like to work on.

2 hours per week for six weeks $255

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Book now
Classes are filling fast. Please call Cathy 0427 449 334 to reserve your place. Or book online below:
BOOK NOW – CLASSES START 16 OCTOBER

What you will learn?
• The basics of working with clay including clay types and preparation
• Pinching and coiling techniques
• How to make press moulded vessels
• Slab building and decorative techniques
• The opportunity to work on your own project

What you end up with?
• An understanding of the fundamentals of clay and pottery hand building techniques
• Finished work to take home
• A great experience

What’s included in the fee?
• Out of class studio access to work independently (see Studio Access for details)
• Student clay and glazes
• Access to pottery books and magazines to read, tea and coffee
• Students who re-enrol prior to the end of term will maintain Studio Access between terms.

Equipment, tools & firing
• Bring your own pottery tools or buy a set at the school for $15
• Bring, your own towel and apron/oversized shirt to class
• $10 kg for two firings and use of student glaze. There is generally a minimum charge of $2 per item. Small, light weight items such as beads buttons and pendants are costed on a case by case basis subject to size and numbers.

Uncollected Work

Please collect your finished work promptly. After 90 days uncollected work will be donated to charity.

Wheel Throwing

Course information

This is a mixed ability class, so those who have had little or no experience working with a pottery wheel will get the help they need, whilst more advanced throwers can progress at their own pace with individualised help.

2 hours per week for six weeks $255

Book now
Classes are filling fast. Please call Cathy 0427 449 334 to reserve your place. Or book online below:
BOOK NOW – CLASSES START 16 OCTOBER

What you will learn?
• How to centre clay
• How to make a bowl and cylinder
• How to glaze

What you end up with?
• Experience in the use of the potter’s wheel
• Finished work to take home
• A great experience

What’s included in the fee?
• Use of allocated pottery wheel
• Out of class Studio Access to work independently (see Studio Access for details)
•Unlimited use of school clay and glazes
• Access to pottery books and magazines, tea and coffee.
• Students who re-enrol prior to the end of term maintain Studio Access between terms.

Equipment, tools & firing
• Bring your own pottery tools or buy a set at the school for $15
• Bring, your own towel and apron/oversized shirt to class.
• $10 kg for two firings and use of student glaze. There is generally a minimum charge of $2 per item. Small, light weight items such as beads buttons and pendants are costed on a case by case basis subject to size and numbers.

Uncollected Work

Please collect your finished work promptly. After 90 days uncollected work will be donated to charity.

Pottery Supplies

Attention School Teachers
Hobby & Professional Potters

Save on freight and buy your clay and other supplies through us.
We order in bulk and are the authorised agent for Walker Ceramics and Venco Wheels servicing northern Victoria and southern NSW.

Clay
10 kgs School Earthenware $18
10 kgs Special Stoneware $18
10 kgs Superior White Porcelain $28
10 kgs Paper Clay $25

Paints & Glazes
We carry a wide range of Walker paints and glazes and can order special requests generally within 72 hours.
Prices start from $5.00 for 20 mls

Tools & Equipment
We carry a wide range of tools and equipment for hand builders and wheel throwers and can source just about anything you may require. Check in store for details.

Firing Service

Ideal for schools and customers requiring whole kiln.

Minimum firing charge $100.
Bisque firing $8/kg
Glaze firing $12/kg
MIC application of clear glaze $5/kg
Gold firing $8/kg

Whole Kiln 45 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm $150 per firing
Whole Kiln 70 cm x 70 cm x 100 cm $350 per firing

Please note different firing charges apply to Made in Clay members and students, refer course guide or website for details.

Technical Stuff
We operate 3 phase electric Woodrow Kilns using electronic program control device in conjunction with Orton heat cones.

We only fire in an oxidised atmosphere and so do not offer reduction firings.
Temperatures will vary within each individual kiln load and this can impact results within and between kiln loads.

Our standard firing ranges are as follows:
BISQUE 950 c – 1000 c
EARTHENWARE 1080 c – 1100 c
STONEWARE 1250 c – 1280 c

Turnaround time
Our goal is 28 days turn around however, this depends on demand, equipment maintenance and the occasional equipment failure. Our kilns are in constant use during term time with our students work which will always take priority. We’ll give you an estimated pick up date at the time of lodgement and let you know if this changes.

Drop off and collection
Items requiring firing can be dropped off at the front counter between 10.00 am – 12 noon Saturdays, or by appointment.
Please do not enter the studio and or rummage through shelves looking for your work.
We’ll contact you as soon as your order is ready for collection at the front counter. Due to space constraints, orders not collected within 30 days may be donated to charity.
Please bring a suitable box and bubble wrap or similar to pack your fired work. Or if you prefer we can supply bubble wrap and bag or box for which you will be charged a fee depending on materials used.

Packaging and labelling
Items to be fired must be wrapped in protective material, preferably bubble wrap and lodged in a sturdy box and clearly labelled with a completed Made in Clay Firing Service Order Form.

Items for firing must carry some form of identification which can be reconciled with the order form.

Serious fine print
If kiln shelves are damaged because of overflowing glaze or inadequate cleaning of glaze from bases causing work to adhere to kiln shelves, you will be charged a cleaning fee of $20 per damaged shelf.
If your work ruins a kiln shelf, you will be charged for the cost of replacing that shelf with a new one, which can be as much as $250.
If your work damages the interior of the kiln, you will be charged for the cost of resultant repairs.

To avoid these things from happening please ensure that:
• You know what sort of clay you are working with
• You know how the glaze is likely to behave
• You remove glaze at least 5 mm from the bottom edge of your work.
• Work does not exceed 1.5 cm in thickness
• Clay has been wedged and is free of any air bubbles
• Foreign materials such as paper, metal, wood, etc. have been removed
• Fully enclosed, hollow work such as figurines and heads have a hole to allow expansion of air inside the piece.

Whilst we promise to exercise every care in firing your work, accidents do happen and if we break apiece in handling we will sincerely apologise, refund what you paid and fire a replacement piece free of charge. We will not however be liable for any other penalty or claim for damages.
Glaze firing can be unpredictable, shelf temperatures can vary due to packing and content, different glazes release different chemicals all of which contribute the element of mystery which accompanies every firing. Until you open the kiln door you can never be sure what how things have fired.

And that is why we can offer no guarantee as to the results you will achieve.

Firing Service Order Form

Studio Access

Intended for enrolled students who want to practice what they have learnt in class and for experienced potters who qualify for Made in Clay Membership. Please note you must be a currently enrolled student or member.

Studio Access is available in 2 hour blocks throughout the week.

Check website for Studio Access times- they do vary between term and term breaks.

All users are required to clean up thoroughly after themselves. Firing costs are at regular discounted student and member rate, refer course details for cost.

Cost $10 per two-hour session and includes unlimited use of student clay and student glazes.

Studio Access is at the discretion of Made in Clay.

As an additional incentive for students enrolled in 6 week programs, you will receive a Studio Access Card which will reward you with a free session every sixth visit. This works out to about $4 an hour per 12 hours of practice including use facilities and clay. Normal firing charges apply.

Made in Clay Members will also receive a Studio Access Card and will get a free session once every third visit, which represents even more amazing value at about $3 an hour per 6 hours of practice including use of facilities and clay.

Normal firing charges apply.

Limited places available on a first in basis – text or email to check availability.

Please note that Studio Access is an opportunity for self-directed practice and does not include any tuition.

Studio Access times

Studio Access between Terms
18 September to Monday 16 October

Students who ARE NOT re-enrolling have studio access until Saturday 23 September to finish their work.

After Saturday 23 September, only enrolled students and members are eligible for studio access.

Studio access between terms will be available
Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm and 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturday 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm

Studio Access During Term
During Term 3, 7 August – 15 September

Student Wheel Throwers have access:
Thursdays 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm

Student Hand Builders have access:
Whenever there is a wheel throwing class, refer timetable

Members have access whenever there is a class

NB Wednesday hand building class has been withdrawn from the timetable – so no studio access Wednesday mornings.

Membership

Ideal for experienced potters wanting access to a modern fully equipped pottery studio without doing classes.

Benefits and arrangements as per Studio Access timetable.

Cost $200 per quarter or $600 per annum.

Members can suspend their membership whilst sick or on holidays for up to 6 weeks per annum.

Membership at Made in Clay’s absolute discretion.

Visiting Friend or Relative Guest Pass

Currently enrolled students and members can invite visiting friends or relatives to join them during studio access.

  • $50 per 2-hour access session or
  • $180 for 6 x 2 hour guest passes
  • Firing at regular discounted student and member rate
  • Passes can be shared between visiting friends and relatives
  • Guests are the responsibility of host student or member