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Make Like a Celeb and Try Your Hand at Pottery

What do Seth Rogen, Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams and Brad Pitt all have in common? Well, apart from all being a bonafide star in their own right, each of these celebs has a thing for pottery.

In an interview with Architectural Digest, country-music superstar Kacey Musgraves described the grounding effects pottery gives her.

I think I love clay work because, first off, you’re working with earth material and I feel grounded afterwards…It’s also really meditative and kind of hypnotic. There’s really no right or wrong. You don’t have to be good. Even the mistakes look really great.

Similarly, Rogen compared the meditative nature of pottery to that of yoga.

It’s like yoga, if you got a thing at the end.

There is in fact truth to these sentiments. It’s thought that the tactile experience of pottery invites a deep sense of relaxation and has been shown to be effective in decreasing heart rate and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

And while pottery counts celebrities amongst its fan, this humble hobby isn’t only for the rich and famous.

We’ve rounded up the best pottery classes around Australia, so you too can try your hand.

Bondi Clay, NSW

This locally owned ceramic studio has been designed with sustainability front of mind, from the banning of single-use plastics to powering the studio with carbon-neutral energy. With a range of classes including Chardonnay & Clay, Family Pottery Taster Class, to longer weeks-long workshops that hone your skills, there is something for everyone.

Slow Clay Centre, VIC

Slow Clay Centre specialises in pottery education and offers courses for total beginners to advanced professionals. With a range of professional ceramic artists and experienced graduate teachers, the Collingwood-based studio offers a bespoke method based on Japanese techniques.

StudioP, WA

Located in the heart of Leederville, this playful pottery studio offers wheel throwing classes and workshops in their spacious and relaxed space. Classes include everything from Pet Nat + Pottery to Introduction to Pottery Workshops plus there’s the option to hire the space for your own private pottery event!

Mas & Miek Ceramic House, QLD

The mother and daughter duo behind this Newstead-based studio predominately teach hand building, throwing on the pottery wheel and glazing, but also delve into specialist techniques in their masterclasses. With a gallery store exhibiting local ceramic artists and a cafe, there is no better place to relax and get creative.

Urth Clay Studio, SA

The inclusive and non-judgmental classes at Urth Clay Studio let you try traditional techniques to create your very own pottery masterpiece. Using an environmentally friendly firing process that guarantees reliable results, you can feel good about your creations.

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