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newcastles clay & pottery studio

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Clay & pottery studio in Newcastle, NSW.
Clay & Sip, Wheel Throwing Workshops & Kids Pottery Classes.

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Clay & Sip Classes

Get your hands dirty and unleash your inner artist while socialising with our hand-building class. Led by professional pottery teachers, relax, get messy, and connect with others while learning fun techniques. All you need is your imagination and creative spirit, whether you're a beginner or a pro.techniques. Mezze boards are available as an add-on extra.
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Hand Building Class

Discover the artistry of hand building in our pottery class. Mould and shape clay with your hands to craft exquisite pieces that reflect your personal style. From functional ceramics to decorative treasures, explore the limitless possibilities of clay.
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Make a Mug

Move over Magic Mike - It's time to create some of your own magic with our "Make A Mug" Class. This hands-on experience guarantees you a beautifully crafted set of 2 mugs, glazed and fired to perfection.
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Wheel Throwing Class

If you've been itching to dive into the wonderful world of pottery but aren't quite ready to commit to our 5-week workshops, we've got the perfect solution for you. Welcome to our Wheel Throwing classes, where you can dip your toes into the clay-filled adventure and experience the thrill and fun of the wheel.
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Hand Building Workshop (5 weeks)

This 5-week term workshop is designed for all skill levels, offering you the chance to learn exciting techniques like slab-building and coiling to make beautiful bowls, plates, platters and decorative vases. This workshop begins on June 1st at 6:30pm and another class option on June 2nd at 9:30am.
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Wheel Throwing Workshop (5 weeks)

Get behind the wheel and get a little muddy. Over 5 weeks, you’ll be guided by our experienced teachers, giving you all the tricks and skills needed to become a capable thrower. You’ll get to learn the basics on how to throw simple shapes such as cylinders (cups and mugs), bowls and vases. This workshop begins on June 1st with a 9:30am class.
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Clay & Play

A 2-hour class where tweens (12+) get to indulge in the art of clay and get muddy with hand-building techniques and some wheel throwing. They also get to listen to their own music in the studio.
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Kids Pottery Workshop

A 60 minute pottery experience encourages mindful learning and creative exploration. The class is suitable for 7 to 11-year-old children and includes a bundle of pottery activities, such as the pottery wheel, sculpting, and ceramic painting.
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See our verified reviews from people that have attended one or many of our classes.

Class was great! Teacher was super helpful and it was a great experience to have with my closest friends

Stephanie Parkinson

Clay and Sip Class

Holly was our teacher and she was great. Explained the different techniques to use for our Team Day of 11 people. Everything we needed was provided. Any assistance we needed to create our "Master" pieces was available.

Karen Culbert

Hand Building Pottery Class

I loved the class! I had such a fun time and enjoyed that we were taught multiple techniques for sculpting with clay, it’s a medium I’ve always had trouble using. I love my piece and I’ll recommend this class to everyone, it was a great experience.

Ashlee Peet

Clay and Sip Class
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Behind
The Curtain
A little story about the awaking that is The Art Department.

Nestled in the heart of Newcastle, Australia lies a creative space like no other. The Art Department is more than just a studio, it's a vibrant community of artists with a passion for clay.

The vision for this unique space is simple - to build upon the small, yet thriving local artist community that has been growing in Newcastle over the years.

The founder's love for clay began while attending an evening course at Sydney Uni during a particularly hectic period at her day job in an advertising agency. She was instantly hooked on the creative outlet that clay provided - the shape, form, touch, smell, movement, and organic natural matter that it offered, especially during the unknown process of glazing and firing.

It was after being diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer that her passion for clay was truly ignited. Throughout her treatment, even when she had zero strength, the messiness and organic feel of her weekly classes kept her grounded and sane. Now cancer-free, she has returned to Newwy with her German husband and two children to be closer to family and to focus on her creative endeavours.

The name of the studio, The Art Department, is not only a nod to the founder's 19 years of experience working in the hectic environments of ad agencies' art departments but also a homage to the Newcastle University Art department that unfortunately closed down as this business idea came to fruition.

At The Art Department, patrons can experience the meditative, rejuvenating, and uplifting feeling that the founder discovered during her own journey. The studio offers a variety of classes and workshops, from hand-building to wheel throwing, led by experienced pottery teachers. It's a place where artists can come together to create, connect, and be inspired.

Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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newcastles clay & pottery studio

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Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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Our launch is just around the corner
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.
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together, they made a work of art.