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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Hot topic: Ceramics in the Central West

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Clay. Pottery. Ceramics. Who teaches ceramics? Who supplies materials?  Who has kilns? What groups are there? Here’s an updated local list.

Updated September 2023

We ran a post on this topic way back in 2019 and it continues to be in the top 10 posts on our website every month and the subject of countless phone calls and emails.

So, we again put the call out on Facebook and Instagram (and put in the things we already knew) and made a list of people who teach, places to learn and kilns in action.

Where to learn ceramics, who has kilns & equipment

Drawn from our What’s On and community suggestions. Got something to add? We’ll keep updating this list. Email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Condobolin Women’s Ceramics Group.
Every second Sunday, 12.30-4pm.
Location: Condobolin Community Centre Cnr of Bathurst St & Dennison st, Condobolin. Open to beginners and advanced. Tuition is provided by the group as a whole and is needs based around what you want to create.
Pottery wheels: Yes
Kiln: Yes
Costs include: $10 LAC Annual Membership, $20 bag of clay, $10 class fee per session and kiln usage costs depending on size of work.
Phone Heather 0487 352 983 or email jodiemurphy88@gmail.com

LOUISE’S POTTERY WORKSHOPS 
Location: t.arts Gallery, Bathurst. 47 Keppel St, Bathurst.
With Louise Ranshaw. Next in 2023: October 7-8 Christmas Decorations/Gifts, Candle Holders.
Contact for 2024 dates and courses. 0400 130 792.

Ingrid Morley
The acclaimed sculptor is looking at teaching form in clay/modelling to kiln firing from her Jenolan studio.
Location: Oberon/ Jenolan area.
Instagram
Website
Contact via website

Heart for Clay
With Jennie Pottie. Ceramic gallery open 10-2 Fridays and Saturdays Oops. 103 Havannah St Bathurst. Also classes including the wheel are $50/ hr.
Location: Bathurst
heartforclay@gmail.com
Instagram
www.heartforclay.com.au

S.Mountain Ceramics
I have travelled to both Bathurst and Orange for workshops if you have a venue to host me and a place to stay. My previous workshops were with Bespoke & Co Bathurst and Studio on Anson
Send me a DM if you are keen or come for a weekend to my Blue Mountains studio. I often host groups of friends for workshops that travel from Lithgow/Bathurst and Orange etc for a day workshop.
I offer wheel workshops in my studio and more.
I hire my kiln and also a pottery wheel for those who want a bit more time to play. Details on my website.
Location: Blue Mountains/ regional
Contact:
Instagram
Website

Art School at the Pottery
Old Lithgow Pottery 4 Silcock St Lithgow, Lithgow, NSW
Regular pottery programs, often an 8 week wheel based pottery program. Books out early.
Location: Lithgow
Contact:
0413573628
info@artschooltheoldlithgowpottery.com.au
Facebook

Jo Ford Ceramics
‘I run sessions in hand building (max 6) and wheel throwing (max 2) in my studio on the outskirts of Orange.  Firing is only available for those attending sessions.’
Contact:
Instagram @jofordceramics and @iplaywithclay.  Email jo_fordceramics@yahoo.com

Redbank Studio Mudgee
Michell Stevens. Workshops-clay, painting and printing
School Holidays & Birthday Parties.
Instagram

Jude Keogh
‘I have been working as a potter for 5 years now. I have a ceramics studio. My work is available at The Corner Store Gallery and via appointment. I am hoping to do classes in the future.’
Contact:
Facebook
Instagram

Parkes Pottery Group

Regular meetings. parkespotters@gmail.com

Where to buy clay and equipment

The Odd Sock Gallery. Shop 4 / 8 Farm Lane Blayney.

Pigments and Palettes. Howick St Bathurst.

Alena Wool And Craft. 80 Main St, Lithgow. (02) 6352 3380

Mudgee Art House. 93 Market St, Mudgee.

Where to buy ceramics

Check the SHOP FOR HANDMADE map on our Culture Maps Central NSW

Includes: Art and Crafts Mudgee, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Shop, Brett Niven Ceramics, Carcoar Pottery, Claycat Pottery, Cook Park Guildry, Cowra Regional Art Gallery Shop, Folkologie, Gallery 121, Gang Gang Gallery, Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery, La Paloma Pottery, Lue Pottery, Mainly Mudgee Gifts, May Raechelle Gallery, Olde Bridge Gallery, Paint & Clay, T.Arts Gallery, The Gallery Gulgong.

Inspiration from Instagram

Take a look at some of these local artist profiles for inspiration (a growing list as we get to it):