The creative minds behind Clay Sydney are opening a third studio in Wollongong


Hannah Barclay has had countless Sydneysiders willingly getting their hands dirty, since launching her ceramics business Clay Sydney in 2019. Now with two mid-west studios under her belt and a growing range of popular ceramics workshops on the menu, Barclay is adding to the family – the Illawarra local is launching a brand new outpost in Wollongong next month.

Scheduled to open on Friday, June 24, once ongoing renovations are complete, Clay Wollongong will mirror its sibling offerings, with hands-on creative classes for budding ceramicists of all skill levels. And yes, that also includes complete beginners.

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On the class menu here, fans of the Sydney outposts can expect to find familiar favorites like the Wine and Clay sessions – a two-hour class where you’ll create your own work while enjoying some BYO bevs – and the Bite’ introductory sessions that allow you to test out the whole pottery course before signing up for a full course.

If Clay Sydney is anything to go by, single sessions are reasonably priced starting at $80 a pop, which includes all of the equipment and materials needed to fabricate, fire, and glaze your own (keep) piece.

by Georgia Matts

Longer ceramics courses include four- and six-week tutorials covering practices such as wheel throwing (the art of shaping ceramics using a potter’s wheel, Phantom) and manual construction (shaping by hand).

Further down the track, Barclay is also aiming to develop the new Wollongong site into a creative hub showcasing local ceramic talent from across the south coast. More to come.

Clay Wollongong will open from June 24, with the exact address to be confirmed. We’ll share more details closer to launch, but you can sign up for all the info via the website.

Images: Georgia Matts

Posted on June 01, 2022 by

Libby Curran


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