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, figurative 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 and Figurative Sculpture

Workshops run for seven weeks with students attending 2 ½ hours per week. 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.  Pre-requisite course to join Open Studio.

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

9.30am to 12.00pm (7 weeks 2.5 hours per week)
Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays
6.00pm to 8.30pm (8 weeks 2.5 hours per week)
Cost: $300 (firings and tools included).  If you like to use studio glazes it is an additional $30 and $25 for a bag of clay.  Payment can be made in studio, or you can bring your own.
To secure your spot, payment must be made on booking.
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!  Express interest.

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.  Natalie will guide you on hand building techniques, how to manipulate and join clay to ensure success.  You then have the option to underglaze and decorate your ceramics.

This 2 1/2  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.  Please allow approximately three weeks to be ready for collection.

Projects are but not limited to: condiment bowls, platter, mugs, planter, cheeseboard set, coiled vase.  If you have a personal project in mind, please discuss with Natalie beginning of the class.

BYO wine


2021 dates to be released soon.
6.15pm to 8.45pm
Cost $85 (includes all materials, Cheese platter, glass of wine or bubbles on arrival). BYO is also an option.

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


Private Group Classes

If you have a group of people (minimum 6) and would like to have a private group session of your choice of project, please email Natalie to discuss suitable dates and project.  Enjoy a cheese platter and wine on arrival.  BYO is also an option.

Projects (choose from):

  • Condiment Bowl Set (3 bowls)
  • Cheeseboard set
  • Platter
  • Planter
  • Coiled vase
  • or Natalie will also create a project personally for you.  Options are endless...




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