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Sunday Studio Visit – a little late

Well today is Tuesday, so I am running a little late with my Sunday Studio Visit.

I went to Melbourne on Thursday night after pottery class and didn’t come back till late Saturday afternoon, so on Sunday I was in rest and recover mode – so didn’t really do anything productive in the studio.

I did fire the kiln though – all student work.

The pic below features some of the student works that I unloaded from the kiln on Monday.

If you live in or near the Ballarat area in Victoria, Australia you can enrol in my pottery classes HERE. I offer classes for both adults and children, professional development workshops, corporate teambuilding and kids birthday parties.

See you next time 🙂

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers, followers and anyone else who happens to drop by 🙂

New Years resolutions? Yes, I have a few, and one of them is to get back on track with this blog!

A few months ago I began publishing Sunday Studio Visits as a way to maintain regular blogging, but even this fell to the wayside mid way through December – everything just got so hectic! I had lots of sales through my ETSY and MADEIT stores, plus lots of word of mouth sales, and I had lots of end of year firing for the ceramics classes I teach from my studio.

So starting this Sunday I will restart my studio visits posts, plus try to post more regularly in between …

Thanks for the support during 2014, and here’s to a great 2015 for everyone 🙂

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Sunday Studio Visit: The Calm after the Storm!

The last few Sunday studio visits have been a hype of activity, but this week I am spending a relaxing afternoon not doing much!! I am cleaning up the studio a bit after being in full production mode creating works for an exhibition (the subject of the next blog post) which you can checkout on Facebook. Apart from that I am loading student works into the kiln, which I will bisque fire tomorrow. I’m also mixing up a couple of glazes which are getting low… So, that’s about it for this Sunday – not quite as exciting as past weeks, but much more relaxing!! (yes that is my kiln god sitting on top of the kiln & yes she is prayed to on a regular basis) Dawn Whitehand Kiln

An Afternoon in the Studio

I spent this afternoon in the studio making some new work for the Pop-Up Shop Collective happening in Ballarat from the 29 November till 8th December at Backspace Gallery, Ballarat. I will, of course, be making more …

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As well as new work I will also be selling my Japanese inspired tapas sets and ceramic jewellery, as well as taking customised orders, and letting everyone know about my ClayMotion classes and workshops (which includes gift certificates).

So mark it in your diaries and  happy Christmas shopping 🙂

Adults and Children’s Pottery Classes with ClayMotion: Term One 2013

Was you New Years Resolution to find a new hobby or to relax more or learn a new skill or get more “arty”? Enrolling in a ceramics/pottery course could be the perfect solution! And if that wasn’t your New Years Resolution, it would be fun to do anyway!

Clay is a highly tactile medium, so it is a great way to express feelings, de-stress and be creative – it also has far reaching therapeutic outcomes both psychologically and physically. Classes are available for adults and children which run with the school terms – dates and times can be found on the ClayMotion website.

Classes are suitable for beginners through to advanced, and wheelthrowing, handbuilding and sculptural techniques are taught. Outcomes include set projects and self initiated.

Student works: wheelthrown bowls

Student works: wheelthrown bowls

Student work: handbuilt vase

Student work: handbuilt vase

Student work: sculpture

Student work: sculpture

TERM ONE is only one weeks away and I have had lots of enquiries over the summer break, so don’t miss out!

BOOK ONLINE NOW to secure your place in classes or workshops.

Workshops, corporate teambuilding, mothers group sessions and family workshops are also available at the ClayMotion studios – see all the information on the website.

Children's Class

Children’s Class

Children’s Pottery Birthday Parties at ClayMotion

The latest birthday party to be celebrated at ClayMotion studios was for a 7yr old and a group of friends. The girls made ceramic treasure boxes by hollowing out a block of clay and painting them in coloured slips. Balloons, cakes and presents are all part of the fun.

If you live in the Ballarat area or surrounds this is a great alternative to McDonalds parties and other venues that offer junk food and not much else.

The kids have a wonderful time, and have something lasting they can take away with them and feel proud about.

You can check out the details about children’s parties via the ClayMotion website, as well as booking and contact information.

ClayMotion also offer adults and children’s ceramic classes, creative teambuilding workshops, professional development workshops and Mums and Bubs sessions. All details can be found on the website.

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Mums and Bubs Pottery Workshop

These mums and bubs had a great time last Monday at the ClayMotion studio… do you know any mums groups that would like to do something different? Feel free to share this with them….

ClayMotion offers two hour ceramic sessions to Mothers Groups, where mums and babies can relax in a creative environment. Mums makes a bowl, plate or cup for baby, and baby decorates with his/her handprints or footprints, creating a unique keepsake to treasure into the future.
Afternoon tea or morning tea is provided.
$25.00 per mum and baby. Maximum of 12 pairs, minimum of 6 pairs.
Price includes materials (clay, glaze, etc), kiln firing, and morning or afternoon tea.

Visit the website for details on how to book your session.

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UPCOMING CLAYMOTION WORKSHOP

Plate & Bowl Creating Workshop

Saturday 9th June 2-4pm $50.00 all inclusive

Participants will learn a range of handbuilding methods, including slabs, moulds and tearing, to make plates and bowls. Greenware decoration methods will then be explored, using a variety of methods, including imprinting, carving, scraffito, slip decoration and underglazing.

Cost is $50.00 per person and includes all materials and firing.

Numbers are limited, so book early!!

**Remember if you would like to give  this workshop as a gift you can purchase a gift certificate**

Visit the ClayMotion website for enrolment information and payment options.

Student Works

Great results from today’s student stoneware firing unloading.

Ceramic works include children and adult’s creations, wheelthrown and handbuilt works, functional and sculptural, underglazed and glaze – all displaying a great variety of skills, techniques and inspirations!!

Ceramic Classes – Term 2, 2012

Term 2 is fast approaching…. this term I am offering classes at my ClayMotion studio in Dunnstown, Ballarat AND Jewellery Making Workshops at the Ballarat Nth Community Centre and the Dayelsford Neighbourhood House.

Enrolment for the ClayMotion classes can be made online at the ClayMotion website.

Enrolment for the Jewellery Making Workshops MUST be made through the community centres – phone numbers are below.

Classes are filling fast, so be sure to enrol as soon as possible 🙂

ClayMotion Classes
Adults Classes
26th April—27th June, Wednesday 10am-12noon or Thursday 7-9pm
Beginners to advanced, Wheelthrowing and handbuilding, Set projects or self initiated
$150.00 per term (materials and glazing not included: these costs will vary dependent on what a student makes)

Mums Classes: Time Out Sessions
26th April—27th June, Tuesday 1pm-3pm
Beginners to advanced, Wheelthrowing and handbuilding, Set projects or self initiated
$150.00 per term (materials and glazing not included: these costs will vary dependent on what a student makes)

Childrens Classes
2nd May—20th June, Wednesday 4-5.30pm
Set projects are explored using a range of handbuilding techniques.
$90.00 per term (materials and glazing not included: these costs will vary dependent on what a student makes)

Jewellery Making Workshops

ENROLMENTS MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE CENTRES: phone numbers below. $60.00 including all materials, firing and jewellery findings.

Daylesford Neighbourhood House : 5348 3569
3rd-24th May, Thursday 10am-Noon OR 6th-27th June, Wednesday 7pm-9pm

Ballarat North Community House : 5329 1101
15th May 5th June, Tuesday 10am-Noon

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