Clae Space

Ceramicist Daisy Cooper has transformed part of her warehouse ceramics studio into a teaching space, running workshops in clay and kintsugi.
Gary Brun
Published on September 01, 2023


Founded by ceramicist Daisy Cooper and creative Joseph Smaje, Clae Space is a studio where everyone is welcome to come and explore, experiment, express and grow as an artist.

There is a range of classes offered here, from children's holiday workshops to intermediate classes on the wheel. The four-week course includes wheel throwing every Thursday, where students will learn to prepare, throw, centre, pull, decorate, glaze and do everything in between. The final lesson will focus on glazing and firing, and you can collect your masterpieces once they're ready to head home.

Wheel throwing at Clae Space pottery studio in Melbourne

There are hand-building courses, too, for those who want to express themselves more creatively through funky designs and sculptures. Here, you'll learn pinching, slab building, decorating and glazing over four weeks.

If you're not sure if ceramics is for you, and yet you're clay-curious, then jump into one of the many Clae Space workshops on offer. The one-day wheel course will introduce you to the basics while giving you plenty of time on the tools. By the end of the day, there'll be two to three pieces ready to be fired in the kiln and then taken home.

Firing pottery at Clae Space pottery studio in Melbourne

By Catherine Elise

Likewise, the one-day hand-building workshop focuses on basic techniques, which will eventuate with a few pieces to be taken home. If you complete a one-day course and love it, you'll be happy to know you get a discount on the four-week options.

Clae Space also hosts private workshops, so if you're looking to do something different this next birthday, be sure to keep them in mind.

Hand building at Clae Space pottery studio in Melbourne


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