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Expand Your Wheelthrowing!

Expand Your Wheelthrowing!

Regular price $835.00
Regular price $925.00 Sale price $835.00
GST included where applicable.
Early fee ends on 11 Dec 2023

On Campus
15-19 Jan 2024 (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 4:30pm

Develop a comprehensive understanding of pottery wheel operations, encompassing both foundational and advanced techniques. Learn to shape clay, combine individual and multiple forms, apply surface decoration using slips, and creative aesthetically refined pieces.
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Course Details

Course Program: Summer School Week 2 2024

Start Date: 15 January 2024

End Date: 19 January 2024

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 5

Discipline: Ceramics

Lecturer: Peter Dwyer

Age: 16 years and over

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

Develop a comprehensive understanding of pottery wheel operations, encompassing both foundational and advanced techniques. This in-depth exploration of the art of pottery, focuses on methods of shaping clay on the wheel to create multiple forms that can be presented individually or combined into aesthetically refined pieces, with an emphasis on both functionality and artistry. Under Peter Dwyer’s expert guidance your throwing abilities will expand exponentially; he will teach you how to apply surface decoration using slips, to bring your unique creative concepts to life. The course is open to students with prior experience in ceramics, particularly those with an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency. Selected works will be fired, and you’ll be notified when they are ready for picking up. Glazing courses are offered in the Term One Short Courses Public Programs.

Lecturer Profile

Peter Dwyer is an artist and teacher with a 40-year career focussing on ceramics, pottery, and multiple-piece ceramic sculptures. He is currently the Head Teacher of St. George Visual Arts and Gymea Ceramics for TAFE NSW. He is a former President of Parramatta Clay and Arts Incorporated, worked at the University of NSW, Whitehouse Institute of Design, KvB Institute of Technology and the Queensland Art Gallery. Peter holds a Master of Fine Arts from UNSW College of Fine Arts and is completing his Doctorate in Fine Arts in Ceramics at NAS. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, public sculpture commissions, artist-in-residences and his work appears in numerous publications in Australia and internationally.

Art Materials

Students must supply their own art materials, please refer to the list below.

Essential materials

  • Throwing and trimming tools
  • A selection of soft brushes for slips
  • Apron or large shirt
  • Plastic bucket
  • Microfibre cloth

Non-essential materials

  • Throwing batt
  • Batt Mate (or a chamois cut into a circle)

Clay is provided


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers:

    Phone: +61 2 9247 9979


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies Website 

    In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

    Protective clothing and covered footwear essential