Pottery in Ballarat – Classes are Underway & Super Busy!

We are half way through the term – where did that go?

It has been very hectic moving into the new studio, and waiting for powercorp to connect the new kiln 🙁 so there has been a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to kiln fire works in my home studio – but no breakages, so all is good!!

Mid term enrolments are welcome, and the dates for term 1, 2018 will be up on the website within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

And remember the ClayMotion shop in Mair Street has some gorgeous handcrafted gifts created by local makers, so keep that in mind for Christmas! And there are art supplies too, for the art lovers in your life.

In the meantime check out these busy pictures from classes so far this term…. happy claying!

Adults Pottery Classes

Kids Pottery Classes

 

ClayMotion has moved! Art Classes now in Ballarat.

Its Official – we have moved! I haven’t had much time to post about the move on the blog, but have tried to do a bit of a story on the Instagram page. But – yes – we are now in…. classes began this week in the new space, and from now on, this is the space to be!!

And today (Sunday) we are having a grand opening – all welcome – I know it is a bit late notice for blog followers, but hopefully you can make it 🙂

ClayMotion Pottery in Ballarat

This past weeks classes have been in the new space, with everyone loving the new studio.

Remember that mid term enrolments are welcome for both adults and children’s classes.

And also remember that new classes are being offered this term in Mosaics …. enrolments are open – see the SHOP to enrol 🙂

ClayMotion Mosaics in Ballarat

Services in the new shop will include:

Pottery classes
Mosaics classes
Art classes
Birthday Parties
Hens Afternoons
Kiln Firing Service
Teambuilding
Locally Made Giftware
Casual Studio Space hire
Exhibition Space
Ceramic & Art Supplies
I am so looking forward to being in Ballarat and being more accessible to to the community!!

Term Four Starts this Week and ClayMotion is Moving – Pottery in Ballarat

Tonight was the first Tuesday Adults night class for term four. Other classes are on Wednesday mornings and Thursday nights … dates and times can be seen on the CLASSES page or you can ENROL online. Children’s classes start next week… and again you can ENROL online.

ClayMotion Pottery in Ballarat

But the BIG news is that ClayMotion is relocating – we are moving into Central Ballarat – 34a Mair street to be exact …. which we are very excited about. We love that we will now be more central to the Ballarat community – drive, catch a bus, walk, or ride your bike!

As part of the move we will also be able to offer more services including more class choices, such as mosaics; casual studio space hire; exhibition space; locally made giftware; and a wider range of pottery and art supplies; plus continuing our existing services of birthday parties; firing service; mums and bubs; teambuilding and professional development.

ClayMotion Pottery Art and Mosaics in Ballarat

Before moving into the new premise we have had to repaint, remove carpet and build work benches…. followed by moving in all the tools and equipment – a huge job! The first week of classes are being held in the Dunnstown studio, but we plan to be operating in Mair street for week two of classes, and we are well on schedule to do so!

And our first new class for the premise we are offering MOSAICS – this class is a unique blend between pottery and mosaics because students will create a sculpted centrepiece for their piece and build a mosaic around it using ceramic shards – click HERE for more info.

 

ClayMotion Mosaics in Ballarat

Children’s CLASSES will begin in the new premises, and will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. ENROL HERE

ClayMotion School Holiday program in Ballarat, Victoria

We are super excited about our new development at ClayMotion and hop you are too !!

 

Finished Student Works – Term Three draws to a close

The end of the term is fast approaching, and that means lots of finished student works!

The term went by so fast with lots of exciting projects underway.

Term four dates and times for adults and children are updated on the CLASSES page and you can enrol easily in the SHOP. And remember GIFT CERTIFICATES are available for all classes in the SHOP

Also,exciting news for term four: mosaic classes will begin – more information coming soon. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the NEWSLETTER so you will not miss out the announcements about new programs and course.

And to finish off here are some pics of some of the finished artworks from this term 🙂

 

Childrens pottery classes Ballarat Victoria Australia

Childrens Pottery at ClayMotion Ballarat

Children’s classes are now underway at the ClayMotion Studio for term three. Some children are returning students and others are new – this is ideal as students in the class are all at different levels and ages, and all work at their own pace. This makes for a relaxed and happy learning environment which is perfect for kids to reach their top potential.

And. yes, mid term enrolments or casual attendance is most welcome – just email or phone me on 0438382522 to discuss your requirements.

And now on to some pics from previous kids classes 🙂

Term Three Pottery Classes Start this Week!

Term Three Pottery Classes Start this Week!

Pottery in Ballarat

I am definitely not posting on this blog often enough! Time just seems to go so fast…

Anyhoo, following are some pics from term two classes, and term three classes start this week for adults and the following week for children. Enrolling is easy via the SHOP or you can call me on 0438382522 to discuss any needs you may have 🙂

Can’t commit to a full term? Casual rates are available at $22 per class, so just pay as you are able to attend!

So, scroll through the pics, get inspired and enrol today 🙂

 

Happy Easter ClayMotioners :-)

Happy Easter ClayMotioners!!

Term Two starts next week for adults and the following week for children and there are still a few places left in classes. Enrolling is easy online or ring me directly to book in.

Lots of creativity happened during term one, and following are some images to inspire your future creations!

See you soon 🙂

 

 

Pottery in Ballarat Term Three – some finished student works

Well we are half way through term three and time is flying!! It has been a great term in both the children’s and adult classes, with lots of creativity happening! As we can see by the great work in progress pics from adults classes:

And here are some fantabulous finished works from ClayMotion students 🙂

AND …. there is an upcoming workshop for anyone interested in ceramics. Suitable for beginners to advanced, the pit firing workshop offers a great opportunity to explore more of your creative side…. see the workshops page for more info 🙂

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Term Three is Underway – Pottery in Ballarat

Term Three is Underway – Pottery in Ballarat

Well term three is underway, after a snowy start to the term, with adults classes beginning last week and children’s classes stating this week.

ClayMotion childrens classes Ballarat

ClayMotion Snow July 2016 Ballarat

Just a reminder that mid term enrolments are welcome – you will only be charged for the number of weeks left in the term 🙂

Here is a collage of whats happened so far this term….

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And some pics of finished student works from last term….

ClayMotion Student works Pottery in Ballarat

ClayMotion Student works Pottery in Ballarat

ClayMotion Student works Pottery in Ballarat

 

 

Studio Renovation

For those of you who follow ClayMotion on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you will know that there have been some major renovations happening in the studio… and, yay, they are now all finished!

The renovations were begun during the last two week school holiday break in response to growing class sizes. I decided I needed  separate glaze room and additional storage space. So in we plunged, “we” being the hubby and I!

I am happy to report that most of the structure, and all of the shelving and storage units were made using upcycled materials. The only new materials we bought were the flooring, ceiling, walls, beading and insulation. The frame was built using recycled timber and the roofing recycled tin, and the windows came from 1) an old tabletop and 2) my house – a window that had been removed when building a verandah onto the back of the house. The paints were left overs from previous projects.

ClayMotion renovations

I’m really happy with the ‘recycling’ concept, as it offsets the footprint I leave with things like gas firings and transporting clay and glaze ingredients.

As mentioned the renos were started during the last school holiday period with the intention of having them finished by the time classes resumed, but we all know building projects never go to plan!! The main structure was complete by the two weeks, but there were a few bits & pieces that needed finishing – a bit of beading, for example – but the biggest delay was getting the kiln reconnected!!

However, the delay has perhaps been a little serendipitous. It gave me time to think about needing another kiln, which I did!

I decided I needed a new bigger kiln or another average sized kiln to service my growing business and I thought I should try to purchase one asap so that both kilns could get connected at the same time. I was lucky enough to find one really quickly – and a bargain – by posting a Wanted to Buy in some local Buy Swap & Sell Groups on Facebook. I received a reply quite quickly – a port o kiln which was about thirty years old, but that had never been connected or used…. just sitting in someone’s shed – in new condition!! (rubs hands together). They are both now reconnected, after a few weeks delay, so I am now in catch up mode on class work. I must the stents have been very understanding which has been great!

ClayMotion Kilns

 

The renovation has basically added two open space areas on the side of the existing studio. these spaces have become a glazing room and storage area. The other part of the renovation I love is the new ‘library’ area – perfect for sitting with a cuppa and browsing books or developing ideas in my visual diary. This corner in the existing studio was the old glaze area, but with everything being moved into the new room I could create this cozy space, something I have always wanted to do.

ClayMotion Studio

 

Creating the library cleared a space in a cabinet (where I used to store books) and this has now become a display cabinet for tools and equipment for sale – yes I also sell ceramic supplies and post Australia wide. the postage is included in the prices which are in the online shop on the CLAYMOTION website.

ClayMotion pottery supplies

 

There is still a bit of re-organising and tidying up to do, especially outside in the yard, but here are some pics this far:-)