Pottery Classes ClayMotion, Ballarat Victoria

Term One is Almost Over – where did the time go?

What a crazy busy term! And what a great range of classes we have offered this term at ClayMotion!

Pottery, Mosaics, Macrame, Silversmithing, Kokedamas, Acrylic Pouring, kids classes …. and we have even more planned for term two! Stay tuned for dates and times!

Check out some of the term one action below 

As is usual ClayMotion will be running a school holiday program over the Easter break, and we have some great activities planned, from structured class activities through to casual drop in days.

Classes are available for enrolling now via the School Holiday Shop category, and Drop in Days are just that – so, no bookings required.

Check out the schedule below …

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Tuesday April 9th – house pencil holders


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Wednesday April 10th – mosaic money box


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Thursday April 11th – drop in day: pinch pot animals


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Saturday April 13th – drop in day: acrylic pouring


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Tuesday April 16th – mosaic a terracotta pot



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Wednesday April 17th – drop in day: paper weaving



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Thursday April 18th – monster mugs

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School Holiday Program – Week Two ; AND Pottery Classes Resume Next Week

Hello ClayMotioners, I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!

And a good start would be to not miss out on all the fun kids school holiday activities being offered by ClayMotion this week!

Design a Shoe by You! Enrol HERE

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Pour your own acrylic canvas & candle! Enrol HERE

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Make a set of Terracotta garden signs! Enrol HERE

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Felt your own Bag! Enrol HERE

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And how about experiencing the calming qualities of clay this year! Pottery Classes start next week for adults and the following week for children.

Enrol online or call me 0438382522


Such a great time at The Drop in Days!

Everyone had such a great time at School Holiday The Drop in Days!

And the plan is to have more!

Held over the Easter break the two drop in days had lots of happy smiley faces visit. Pinch pots were the project which were decorated with carved designs and stamps. The pots will remain here at the studio to dry, will then be fired and ready for collection. Once they are taken home the pots can be coloured using paints, pastels, textas, pencils, glitter – anything!!

These drop in days will become a regular feature on the ClayMotion holiday calendar, and may even take place occasionally during school terms, so stay tuned!

And remember that the term two program begins next week, so be sure to check out the CLASSES and WORKSHOPS pages for all the information. Hover over the categories at the top of the page to find the class you need.

Here’s some pics of all the drop in fun!

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Term Two – Drop in Day No. 2 and Upcoming Classes in Ballarat

Hi ClayMotioners, hope everyone is enjoying the amazing weather we are experiencing at the moment in Ballarat!

Last Friday ClayMotion hosted a Drop in Day and it was a great success, so we are hosting another one this Thursday! Drop in anytime between 10-5pm, bring the kids, some friends or yourself, and make a pinch pot! $10 gets you studio access, clay and kiln firing.

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Here’s some pics of all the fun from last weeks Drop in Day:

Also, be sure to check out the great program for Term Two:

As well as the usual pottery and mosaic classes this term there are also a great range of workshops for adults and kids offering something a little different.

All sessions are in the shop for online enrolling or call me for more info or drop into the shop for a chat 🙂


Introduction to Acrylic Pouring

Tuesday 24th April, Thursday 26th April or Saturday 28th April 1-4pm

Presented by Ballan artist Maggie Schirmer, this workshop is an introduction for people who would like to learn some basic technical aspects about acrylic pouring.

What you can expect:

  • 3 hours of demonstrations  and interactive experience
  • Learn about paint texture and consistency for best outcomes.
  • Learn about layers colours and how to avoid getting mud.
  • Experiment with different additives to create the allusive cells.
  • Take home 2 pieces of art
  • Take home recipes for successful ongoing creative processes.

Macrame Workshop

Presented by Ballarat artist and owner of Winter Lane Weaving, participants will create a plant hanger and learn some basic beginner knots and techniques. These workshops will be held on the 9th and 12th of May … check out the MACRAME workshop page for more information.

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Children’s Loom and Weave Project – recommended age 9-13yrs (this is a guide – you know your child best)

Tuesday 1st May – Tuesday 22nd May : 4-5.30pm

During this four week project children will create a loom from clay which will be fired for strength, and painted. Children will then learn to weave the warp threads and then weave their own design on their loom.

This is a great project for children to hone fine motor skills, strengthen mathematical skills, such as counting, measuring and pattern making, and, of course, gets those creative juices flowing.

Week 1 – children will make their loom from clay, and impress textures and designs on them

Week 2 – children will paint their loom.

Week 3 – children will warp their loom. (thread warping skein onto the loom for creating the weave)

Week 4 – children will complete their weave design, and take their loom home.

Children’s Mosaic Project – recommended age 8-13years (this is a guide only – you know your child best)

During term two children will create a garden paver which will be created from tiles and ceramic shards. The project will run for two classes over a two week period. There is no tile cutting involved.

Week 1 – create, adhere and mortar paver.

Week 2 – grout paver, clean and polish

Time: 7th and 14th June 4.00 – 5.30pm

mosaic paver project at ClayMotion Ballarat Victoria

ClayMotion Paver

April School Holiday Program for Ballarat

The last week of the school term is upon us which means a school holiday program for the kids over the break, and this time round we will be offering non-pottery activities – just for something a bit different.

Mother’s Day is May 13th and we will be creating gifts for mums, aunties, nanas or special others.

All of the workshops include all materials and vary in price depending on the activity…. enrol in one or all of them!!

Read on for further information or visit the WEBSITE or ENROL ONLINE. You may also call me on 0438382522 or drop into the shop and have a chat at 34A Mair Street East, Ballarat.

Starting on Wednesday 4th April 10.30 – 12 noon children will make a Mothers Day Mouse Pad with Gift Wrapping & a handmade card

Mouse Pad : Image – https://diyprojects.com/diy-gifts-mothers-day-ideas/


On Tuesday 3rd April 10-12noon OR Tuesday 10th April 2-4pm children will learn to to create an art piece using the acrylic pouring technique. The acrylic paint and pouring medium is non-toxic and safe for children. Each child will have two (2) art pieces to take home – a heart for mothers day and a canvas for themselves.

And finally on Wednesday 11th April 2 – 4pm children will make a bunch of Mother’s Day Paper Flowers & upcycled tin decorated with lace trim. A gift tag will be made and attached.

Paper Flowers & Tin Vase Image – https://diyprojects.com/diy-gifts-mothers-day-ideas/


Term One Fun! Pottery Classes in Ballarat

The time is going way too fast!

The new studio location is working out wonderfully, and term one flew by! The last of the children’s pottery classes were this morning, and next week is the last week of adults pottery classes.

Term Two starts after the Easter School Holidays with a jam packed calendar of activities for adults and kids including pottery, mosaics, acrylic pouring and macrame!! All the details on the website so click the above links to find out more.

And, of course, the school holiday program is being offered again over the break with an emphasis on Mother’s Day so click on the link to check out all the fun making plans

In the meantime whet your appetite with these cool pics of the pottery fun from the past several weeks.


Happy New Year – January School Holiday Program

Happy New Year ClayMotioners!

ClayMotion is back on board after a short break, and until classes begin again the shop hours have changed:


And as always the January School Holiday Program will be running again this year on Wednesday the 17th and 24th with different projects on each day so children can enrol in both for some holiday creative fun.

Wednesday 17th is monster mugs using the coiling technique with applied decoration to create monster features, and the 24th is pinch pot fish with applied decoration to create fish features.

More information on both programs and enrolment information is available in the School Holiday Program page and you can enrol HERE, or drop into the shop.

Also in January the gallery space features an end of year student exhibition so pop in and have a look at what can be accomplished during term classes.

Gallery Exhibition space at ClayMotion Ballarat Victoria

The exhibition will finish at the end of January and will be followed by a new exhibition showcasing new abstract paintings by Dawn Lorraine Lim, a central highlands artist living in Moonambel. Join us for wine and cheese at the opening on Saturday 3rd February.

Exhibition at ClayMotion Gallery Ballarat Victoria

I am also busy getting in new stock and pottery and art supplies, plus the window is looking fantastic with lots of handcrafted gifts created by local makers, so keep this in mind the next time you need a birthday gift.

Window display handcrafted gifts at claymotion ballarat victoria

And all the dates and times are up for term one pottery and mosaic classes – enrol online, drop into the shop or give me a call.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂



School Holiday Program – Christmas Decorations

ClayMotion School Holiday Program in Ballarat – Christmas Decorations

It that time of year again – term three school holidays and only eleven weeks till Christmas – yes eleven! So it is time for Christmas themed fun!

Last week a group of seven children made some colourful Christmas decorations, and this Wednesday it is Christmas plates – and there are still places left. Visit the SHOP to enrol 🙂

And remember adults classes begin next week, with children beginning the following week …. enrol ONLINE or call me on 0438382522.

Here’s what the children created during last Wednesday’s class. Once glazed and fired the decorations will be finished with Christmas ribbon.

ClayMotion School Holiday program in Ballarat, Victoria

ClayMotion School Holiday program in Ballarat, Victoria

ClayMotion School Holiday program in Ballarat, Victoria

January 2017 School Holiday Program – Pottery in Ballarat

Hello everyone – I hope everyone had a great Christmas & New Year!

Now that things are settling back down to routine (are they?) I thought is timely to post a reminder about the January School Holiday program – we are making snake pencil holders and monster post. Enrol in one session or both to keep the kids creatively occupied. Visit the SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM page for all the info and enrolment details 🙂

And just to keep you inspired check out these cuties from term four kids classes and some of the great stuff they created 🙂

Merry Christmas ClayMotioners

I have not posted on the blog as much as I wanted during term four as I have not been well during the past few months, as many students will know….. so my New Years Resolution : GOOD HEALTH!!

SO …. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all 🙂

AND be sure to check out the children’s school holiday program for your kids, grandkids and friends kids – spread the word!!

AND, or course the term dates and times are up on the website for term one, so visit the CLASSES page for more information.

Meanwhile here are a few pics from term four to inspire your imagination for new creations in term one.