Craft of Clay

Explore the fine art and craft of clay work – making pottery and clay sculpture by hand. Casa d’ Arte is a special place for handbuilders who love to work in clay without needing a wheel.

We discuss suitable clay for projects, surfaces and marks, sculpture, sculpt from a life model, functional vessels, glazes and firing, how to topics and expert tips.

The most important element in your time at Casa d’Arte is personal practice.


Sculpture workshop run for eight weeks with students attending a 2 ½ hour workshop. You can start on any term throughout the year. These workshops are for all skill levels and aim to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of creating sculpture. Those new to sculpture will learn alongside other students and are given personalised attention, learning the basics and colouring to produce their own finished sculpture. More advanced students will develop their techniques and are encouraged to drive their own projects with the guidance of Natalie. Everyone is invited to encounter a unique artistic experience in an inspiring studio space!

Places are limited and a short mentoring session is available with Natalie before the courses start to talk about your ideas/projects and clay.

Studio supplies: Tools, aprons and firing included.  Clay can be purchased at Casa d’ Arte or you can source your own clay.

9.30am to 12.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays
6.00pm to 8.30pm (door closed by 9.00pm)
Cost for 8 week block:  $280 (includes firing, tools).  If you use Casa D'Arte underglazes, glazes and other decorative materials it is an additional $25.00 for the term.  To be paid direct to Natalie before use.
What you need to bring: inspiration drawings/images and clay or you can purchase direct from Natalie at Casa D'Arte.

Artist/Tutor:  Natalie Zuchetti

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Life Sculpting - Sculpting from a Life Model

Coming soon!

Life Sculpting offers the opportunity to find an expression for how we might physically represent emotion in the figure study.

You will be guided both  through the process involved in working with clay from the life model.  Natalie will encourage students to push their work beyond a merely faithful representation of the body and develop a more personal language or means of expression.

Students will have time to bring their work to a point where it is hollowed out and ready to be dried for firing.  The beauty of clay as a material that can be transformed from the raw to a final and enduring sculptural piece.

First half of workshop will be life drawing, second half will be sculpting.  You do have the choice of drawing throughout the session.

Clay can be purchased at Casa d’ Arte or you can source your own clay.  Further information is given on booking.

Bookings are to be taken up front due to small class size.

Clay and Chardonnay

Cheese and wine nights are great, but when you combine them with learning some fun hands-on skills then it becomes something special. That's why Casa D'Arte hosts monthly wine and cheese ceramic workshops in its studio.  Start the workshop enjoying a glass of wine, unwind and get your hands dirty making your own handbuilt ceramic piece.  We will guide you on hand building techniques, how to manipulate and join clay to ensure success.

This 2 hour workshop is suitable for beginners and for those looking to create vessels without the use of a pottery wheel, focusing on the free-form organic qualities that hand building can offer.

Natalie will supply all materials and your vessels returned to you in Casa d’ Arte signature, white glaze (food safe).  Please allow approximately three weeks to be ready for collection.

BYO wine

Friday 30th October 
Friday 27th November 
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Special Introductory Offer:  Cost $70 (includes clay, Casa D'Arte signature White glaze and firing. Cheese platters, BYO Wine).

Bookings are to be taken up front.  Dates are released on a monthly basis.

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