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CERAMICS STUDIO

The Ceramics Studio at Casula Powerhouse welcomes you to a world of ceramic opportunities. Whether you are curious about beginning pottery making or would like to further your existing skills, you’re welcome to come and join this relaxed and inclusive clay studio. Clay is a natural material and we have been working with it for over 20,000 years. The Ceramics Studio practices an equally inclusive method to demonstrating and teaching that can enable everyone toward making their own pottery.

For booking enquiries:
Email: PPE@CasulaPowerhouse.com
Ph: (02) 9824 1121

Open Studio Term 2 2018

Open Studio sessions at the Ceramics Studio are designed to help you realize your creative side in a group setting, which is enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding.

The Open Studio sessions are informal, project based sessions and suited to both beginners and more advanced students. Beginners will undergo learning the basics of hand building with clay, pinching, and slab rolling, coiling and joining. You will be then shown how to glaze your work in preparation for firing. Experienced/advanced students will focus on project based work and receive assistance when required. Ceramic Studio facilitators will assist with each process and discuss the steps as you perform them.

All supervision, tools, decorative glazes, firing of your final piece and a bag of clay are included in the session price.

Our sessions are now arranged to provide most suitable focus for participants. Both evening and day studios offer programs for both beginners (TUES) as well those with previous experience (THURS).


EVENINGS:

BEGINNERS
Tuesday | 6 - 9pm
(9 week sessions) 
8, 15, 22, 29 May | 5, 12, 19, 26 June | 3 July
Facilitator: Elizabeth Wellard 
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Ages 16+
Cost per session: $20

EXPERIENCED  
Thursday | 6 - 9pm

10, 17, 24, 31 May | 7, 14, 21, 28 June | 5 July
Facilitator: Yuhana Nashmi 
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Ages 16+ 
Cost: $20 per session


DAYTIME

BEGINNERS
Tuesday | 10 - 1pm

8, 15, 22, 29 May | 5, 12, 19, 26 June | 3 July
Facilitator: Natalie Valiente / Kathie Raco
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Ages 16+/Seniors
Cost per session: $20

EXPERIENCED
Thursday | 10-1pm (9 week sessions)

10, 17, 24, 31 May | 7, 14, 21, 28 June | 5 July
Facilitator: Natalie Valiente / Kathie Raco
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Ages 16+
Cost per session: $20

All sessions are on a drop-in basis unless indicated. Please check availability prior to attending as places limited.
Drop-in workshops $20 per session. All materials provided.

Open Studio Term 3 2018

Open Studio sessions at the Ceramics Studio are designed to help you realize your creative side in a group setting, which is enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding.

The Open Studio sessions are informal, project based sessions and suited to both beginners and more advanced students. Beginners will undergo learning the basics of hand building with clay, pinching, and slab rolling, coiling and joining. You will be then shown how to glaze your work in preparation for firing. Experienced/advanced students will focus on project based work and receive assistance when required. Ceramic Studio facilitators will assist with each process and discuss the steps as you perform them.

All supervision, tools, decorative glazes, firing of your final piece and a bag of clay are included in the session price.

Our sessions are now arranged to provide most suitable focus for participants. Both evening and day studios offer programs for both beginners (TUES) as well those with previous experience (THURS).


EVENINGS:

BEGINNERS
Tuesday | 6 - 9pm
(9 week sessions) 
31 July | 7, 14, 21, 28 August | 4, 11, 18, 25 September
Facilitator: Elizabeth Wellard 
Ages 16+
Cost per session: $20
Click here for online bookings

EXPERIENCED  
Thursday | 6 - 9pm

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August | 6, 13, 20, 27 September
Facilitator: Yuhana Nashmi 
Ages 16+ 
Cost: $20 per session
Click here for online bookings


DAYTIME

BEGINNERS
Tuesday | 10 - 1pm

31 July | 7, 14, 21, 28 August | 4, 11, 18, 25 September
Facilitator: Natalie Valiente / Kathie Raco (alternating weekly)
Ages 16+/Seniors
Cost per session: $20
Click here for online bookings

EXPERIENCED
Thursday | 10-1pm (9 week sessions)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August | 6, 13, 20, 27 September
Facilitator: Natalie Valiente / Kathie Raco (alternating weekly)
Ages 16+
Cost per session: $20
Click here for online bookings

All sessions are on a drop-in basis unless indicated. Please check availability prior to attending as places limited.
Drop-in workshops $20 per session. All materials provided.

Facilitators

Ceramics Studio Facilitators: Term 2 2018

  • Kathie Raco
  • Natalie Valiente
  • Yuhana Nashmi
  • Elizabeth Wellard

Kathie Raco and Natalie Valiente are professional ceramicists and founder members of the long established Clayhouse formerly adjacent to CPAC.  Both Kathie and Natalie are experienced team ceramics facilitators at Casula Powerhouse and help to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with Public Programs.

Kathie and Natalie have delivered a wide range of ceramics programing for adults and children as well as community projects and public murals. Their workshops also include day and evening classes for people with disabilities and tailored curriculum packages for schools in conjunction with Casula powerhouse. Together they bring a wealth of experience and encouragement to the creation of ceramics.


Yuhana Nashmi is an artist who uses sculpture as a means to explore the mythological themes and concepts of ancient Mesopotamia in a modern abstract form. He is an Iraqi/Australian citizen who arrived in Sydney via Jordan in 2000 and since then he has travelled the country and the UK, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Nauru working in social work whilst exploring art as means to connect internal and external worlds.

Yuhana was trained as Tarmida (priest) in Mandaean traditions and language and participated in a large ethnographic fieldwork study on the Mandaean community as part of a cultural preservation program run by the university of Exeter (UK) and Leiden University (Netherlands).

He held his first solo exhibition in 2016 and his current works continue to explore his cultural identity and ideas of humanity and nature. Yuhana has been a regular ceramics facilitator at Casula Powerhouse since 2016 focusing on community project facilitation.


Elizabeth Wellard is an artist who is passionate about the healing and wellness potential of art. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours from Sydney University where she majored in sculpture with particular interest in glass, ceramics and recycling art practices.

Elizabeth went on to obtain a Masters of Art Therapy which inspired her insightful, creative and transformative approach to artistic practice. She continues to practice and exhibit as an independent artist. She has facilitated art workshops for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities while also catering to mainstream clients.

Elizabeth’s sessions aim to increase her client’s skills and capacity for art while nurturing and supporting the therapeutic benefits of art.

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