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Courses Beginner- 29515 Ceramics Foundation- Basic skills and techniques

Northern Beaches Ceramics currently offers one course pathway for beginners or those who have some past ceramic experience.

The Ceramic Foundation basic skills and techniques is designed to provide a broad introduction to the range of techniques one can utilize to create objects in clay. Participants learn the foundations of ceramic studio art including wheel forming, ceramic sculpture, mould making, ceramic technologies, kiln firing, colour and design plus ceramic history in a professional studio environment. Teachers will demonstrate a wide range of specific techniques and skills to assist and develop your creative potential. The foundation is a prescriptive course with a different focus discipline delivered in each of the 4 terms.

Jennifer Everett- 2014- 29515 Ceramic Foundation

We have four terms per year. The following outline is our typical pattern on Tuesdays, Tuesday nights and Fridays however the focus for each term can change due to room availability.

Term 1 of semester 1-Hand forming focus. Learn to make vase forms inspired by historical examples using coiling techniques. 8 weeks

Term 2 of semester 1- Slip casting and Mould making focus. learn to create functional forms using plaster moulds and slip casting techniques. 8 weeks

Term 1 of semester 2- Wheel forming focus. Learn to make functional forms on the potters wheel. 8 weeks

Term 2 of semester 2- Slab forming focus. Learn to create sculptural forms using both soft and firm slabs of clay. 8 weeks

Roy Wangsa 2014 -29515 Ceramic Foundation

Ceramics Foundation  is delivered over 4 x 8 week blocks to build  1 x 32 week year of ceramic study. Ceramics Foundation courses currently run during the day from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm on Tuesdays or Fridays. Students can enter the section and set up from 8.30 am and finish at 3.30 pm. We also offer the foundation at night on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 10pm.

Sasha Mcrindle 2014

Materials charge-The majority of materials and firings are included in your enrolment fee

Clay is $19 per bag, purchased as required. We only fire work made in the Dept from clays available within the dept.

  • No prior experience is necessary.
  • This course does not have assignments or assessments.
  • Learners enrol term by term. One can start at any time of the year.
  • Cost  $495 per 8 week term.
  • Term three- 2019 commences on Tuesday the 23rd July  from 9.30am to 2.30pm for 8 weeks- Wheel Forming -Teacher- Nina Matthewson
  • -Enrolment – Sorry This course is fully Booked


  •  Term Three -2019 commences on Tuesday nights 23rd July from 6.00pm to 10.00pm- Wheel Forming – Teacher- Peter Dwyer- Enrolment- Sorry This course is fully Booked


  • Term Three- 2019 commences on Friday the 26th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm for 8 weeks- Wheel Forming-  Teacher- Nina Matthewson-
  • Enrolment- Fridays- Sorry this course is fully Booked


  • Students could also choose to articulate into the 25993 Ceramic Foundation Intermediate skills and techniques. Here
  • Listen to one of our students Pamela speak of her experience studying at Northern Beaches Ceramics.

College – Map -Ceramics is located in C- block


  •  What will I need to bring for my first class?
  •  Apron
  • Towel
  • Pad and pen
  • Folder for notes
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic bags to wrap work in progress
  • Any pottery tools that you have

Basic tool kits are available from the ceramics section for $15.00


We will only fire work made within the Dept from clays available within the dept. Work made at home or from clays that we do not stock will not be fired.

For further information please contact Chris James via the contact form below.

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