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A Week on the Wheel: Skills for Beginners

A Week on the Wheel: Skills for Beginners

Regular price $925.00
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On Campus
8-12 Jan 2024 (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 4:30pm

A hands-on approach to wheel-throwing, teaching foundational skills for beginners. Learn practical foundations through traditional techniques and how to create wheel-thrown vessels in a stimulating environment.
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Course Details

Course Program: Summer School Week 1 2024

Start Date: 8 January 2024

End Date: 12 January 2024

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 5

Discipline: Ceramics

Lecturer: Issy Parker

Age: 16 years and over

Level: Beginner

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

This hands-on approach to wheel-throwing is designed for newcomers to the medium. You’ll learn practical foundations through traditional techniques and explore the zone between function and art, and how they can work in harmony. Learn to create wheel-thrown vessels in an immersive and stimulating environment. Issy Parker teaches you how to incorporate basic hand-building methods with wheel-throwing, to evolve freedom of expression within the functional form. She provides group demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, as well as offering critiques and challenges to those who are eager to experiment with their vessels.

Lecturer Profile

Issy Parker is a Sydney-based practicing and exhibiting artist, and ceramics teacher for adults and children. Her practice embodies the play between intent and surrender, and explores the balance between nature’s process and the artist’s hand, to organically create lively and distinctive vessels. Issy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School (2019), majoring in Ceramics, was a finalist in the Michael Reid Emerging Artist Prize (2021), was awarded the Mansfield Gulgong International Festival Ceramic Award (2019) and Claypool Residency (2019). Her work is stocked by Craft Victoria and the DEA store and has been featured in Artists Profile (2021), Vogue Living and YSG Studios.

Art Materials

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

  • Old towel
  • Covered footwear
  • Protective clothing (such as old shirt or apron) and covered footwear
  • Basic throwing tools. Purchase a ceramics tool kit at Parker’s art store on campus for approx. $20 or from other ceramics equipment suppliers.
  • A plastic bucket – regular size bucket with handle
  • All clay and other materials are 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