Masterclasses and Weekend Workshops

Workshops are led by professional, ceramic artists & master potters and are designed to teach you new and innovative skills such as sculptural ceramics, Raku firing, advanced throwing techniques, surface decorations, glazing etc.

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    Some of our previous workshops

    Pottery for Couples on Valentine’s Day 


    Couples were asked to “channel their inner Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore” by taking a couples’ pottery class, making it a perfect date on Valentine’s Day  for a unique and fun experience.

    Friday Night Chill Out Ceramics


    These Chill-Out nights provide a nice alternative to end of the week gatherings. You can bring a bottle of wine and some snacks and PCAI staff will provide you with a step by step pottery project that can be completed within the session.

    Getting the Most from Your Glazes

    Date: Sunday March 14


    Wonderful glaze workshop with the fabulous Rob Linigen (day 2) , 12 months to the day from last year covid lockdown. Lots of glaze test results revealed; demos of glaze application; glaze food safety; smoothing bases and much much more. Thank you Rob for sharing yr experience, wisdom and stories.


    Program overview

    “Getting the Most from Your Glazes”

    • Review and recording glaze tests
    • Selecting glazes for purpose
    • Packing and Firing for great results
    • Mixing glaze batches, adjusting and managed glaze thickness for consistent results
    • Glazing demonstration resists, dipping, making and using brushing glazes, spraying
    • Glaze troubleshooting
    • Grinding and finishing
    • Glaze Q&A

    About Rob Linigen

    Rob Linigen is a master potter and teacher passionate about experimenting with glaze and firing techniques. As former Senior Head Teacher Fine Arts, Nepean College WSI TAFE, he will help you to develop your skills in ceramics at the highest level.

    Rob Linigen Glaze Mixing Workshops


    Enrich your glaze surfaces with this 2 day workshop with Rob Linigen. Learn to mix your own
    cone 6 glazes, and extend your range of colours and surfaces. You’ll learn some basic glaze
    chemistry and practical testing methods to adapt and apply glazes to your clay and firing.
    Troubleshoot your glaze problems and learn to apply glaze consistently and creatively.

    Raku Firing 


    Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of Chawan tea bowls. .

    Raku is a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials.

    Teapot Workshop


    Students were instructed in the art of teapot assemble. Assemble leather- hard clay body , adding the spout , lid and handles. The use of sprigs, clay extrusions, textures and colours will personalise your teapot. The students were extremely pleased with their finishedpots.

    Mould Making for Slip casting


    Participants   learnt the basic techniques required to create a one –piece own mould and a more complex 2-part mould for slip casting under the instruction of our master mould maker.

    Somchai Charoen is a Thai born ceramic artist based in Sydney who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Trained in industrial ceramic design, he was a former lecture at Silpakorn University, Thailand.

    Masters Workshop program :  Susie McMeekin.


    Over the course of the first 2 sessions Susie will demonstrate simple throwing, handling, turning, and throwing larger two- piece pots and teapots.

    You will get to try throwing while Susie will work with you on any problems that you may have preparing pots for firings and or glazing. The last session will cover some basic dipping and decorating hands-on glaze/ colouring techniques and Susie will respond to any questions that have arisen during the workshops.

    OWEN RYE MASTERCLASS – Little & Large


    Learn from a master potter in this 2-day masterclass at Clay Cliff Creek Studio.

    Owen Rye is best known for his beautiful wood-fired work that has been exhibited in Australia and internationally.

    This exciting masterclass will include demonstrations,instructional talks and hands-on wheelwork.