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Pottery workshop



This one day workshop
will concentrate on developing the skill of throwing the “cylinder”. The cylinder is a base form in wheel throwing from which many other shapes are made and can often present the greatest challenge to a potter when learning wheel throwing techniques. Throughout the day participants will learn to throw a cylinder increasing in size over the course of the day whilst also exploring creating shapes that require throwing a cylinder first.

Level: Beginner to intermediate.  Participants need to have basic knowledge and experience in clay preparation and centering on the wheel.

This workshop is open to people aged 18 years and over. Participants have the opportunity to exhibit in the 2020 diversARTy exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery to celebrate their achievements with friends and family.

What to expect

9.30am-10.30am: Refresher on preparing clay for wheel work, centring clay on the wheel.
10.45am-12.30pm: Making cylinders increasing in size with each throw
12.30pm-1pm: Lunch
Exploring movements to create other shapes that require the cylinder as a base form
2.30pm-3pm: Clean up and discussion


This workshop is held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road.

What to bring

  • Apron
  • Towel
  • Chamois
  • 5ltr Bucket
  • Clay (see note below)
  • Plastic bags
  • Pottery tools for wheel throwing: wooden rib, needle, ruler, cutting wire, sponge, turning tools
  • Lunch (or purchase at a nearby cafe)

Clay must be purchased and brought to the workshop. Clay can be purchased through the Eltham centre during office hours but will not be available for purchase on the day. It is estimated participants will need a minimum of one bat of 10kg stoneware clay suitable for throwing on the wheel. 

We advise you to buy your materials/equipment no more than one week prior to the start of the course to avoid expense for a course that may be cancelled.

About the Tutor

Tracey Hollis has been potting, on and off, for over 25 years and has trained mainly in wheel throwing. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in ceramics, and is passionate about encouraging people to explore the many benefits the process of creating with clay can have.  

Concession fees

A Concession fee of around 10% off is available to holders of Health Care Cards, Pension concession cards or Veterans Gold cards. 
If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".
You may be asked to present your Health Care card, Pension concession card or Veterans Gold card for verification when attending a course or activity.    

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  • 119 Cowin Street
  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
  • 739 Main Road
  • Eltham 3095

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  • 18 Bishops Road
  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
  • Learning Nillumbik, Registered Training
  • Organisation No. 3989, ABN 64 487 894 794

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