Feeling lazy and prefer to do something less strenuous this weekend? Head down to a pottery and ceramics studio and bring home your very own vases, sculptures and jewellery. There are many pottery studios across Sydney offering workshops for all ages, so don't hesitate to bring your kids. Pottery studios such as Something At Mary's in Bundeena; Brookvale Ceramics in Brookvale; Ceramic Haven in Castle Hill, and Colour Me Mine in Crows Nest are some that you should check out.
Whether you are a beginner or a pottery wiz, most – if not all – of the pottery studios offer one-on-one workshops as well as group classes. Instructors hold classes on a variety of pottery techniques, including wheel throwing, hand building, glazing and painting. If you are short on time and still wish to go home with your own ceramic item, simply select from a range of pre-made ceramic and mosaic pieces and paint it; the firing and glazing will be done for you. Otherwise, browse through galleries providing live demonstrations on various pottery techniques and view unique and unusual artworks by potters in Sydney.
Pottery parties can also be arranged for birthdays and wedding preparation. Leave your kids at the hands of professional potters at pre-organized birthday parties or join a Hens pottery party to craft something special for a loved one who's getting married. A number of studios offer catered meals during parties, but do double-check with the pottery studio you choose.
If you are hoping to make the perfect ceramic teaset for your mum this Christmas, sign up for one of the ongoing workshops so you can work on your masterpiece at your own pace and schedule. If not, at least join in the fun in a one-day project so you can boast to your mum about your very own ceramic creation!