Pottery can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity, especially when you’re concentrating on working with your hands and spinning the clay. In fact, ceramic studios have been opening up in Singapore over the past two years — a testament of how increasingly popular this craft is getting.
Personal wellness aside, pottery allows you to have a subject to talk (or boast) about the next time you have guests over. Whether or not you’re a home decor enthusiast, there’s just something satisfying about owning a piece of pottery that you created from scratch.
If we’ve managed to convince you, you’re probably now super determined to master this useful craft. But where should you sign up for your pottery class?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to kickstart your new hobby in ceramics, here are the best classes and open sessions in Singapore to sign up for.
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This young and humble art studio in Woodlands was founded by master ceramicist Poh Sin Yong. At Arudio’s Ceramic Hand Building Course, you will learn the basics of pinching, coiling, and slab making. The three-hour workshop costs S$60 per pax and will include an introduction to ceramic (handbuilding), where you will learn to make a mug or bowl.
The best thing about the studio is that it not only conduct ceramic workshops, but also art bazaars, as well as other events.
Arudio, 21 Woodlands Cl, #03-34 PRIMZ HUB, Singapore 737854
Perhaps one of the most popular ceramics studios in Singapore is Mud Rock Ceramics, run by two professional ceramics artists, Ng Seok Har and Michelle Lim. On every alternate Friday, the studio hosts ad hoc one-trial workshops that teach wheel throwing. The class costs S$83 per pax per session, and allows students to take home a finished piece out of the workshop.
If you’re more serious about honing your craft, take its beginners pottery classes, at S$315 per pax for five lessons. This course will introduce the breadth of ceramics (throwing, trimming, coiling, slab building sand glazing) throughout five weeks. The course is also suitable for students who want to practice with guidance until they’re ready for advanced course.
Mud Rock Ceramics, 85 Maude Rd, Singapore 208357
The Potters’ Guilt in Chinatown was formed by a group of artists keen on sharing the tranquility of pottery making — and it has achieved its goal, it seems. The studio’s Pottery-Do-It-All trial sessions allow participants to try out both hand-building and wheel throwing for the price of S$80 — which includes firing and glazing charges. Otherwise, we’d recommend the beginners courses in handbuilding or wheel throwing, which costs S$400 and S$480 respectively.
The Potters’ Guilt, 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-03, Singapore 168976
If you’re already an intermediate throwing student, try your hand at dip glazing instead. Dip glazing is one of the oldest methods of glaze application, and takes a refined technique to perfect. This class at Goodman Ceramic Studio teaches students how to prepare bisque-ware for glazing, and to immerse existing works into glazes. The experienced instructor will teach you how to prepare glazes and gain an insight into various categories of glazes, ranging from matt, semi gloss, textured and textured glazes. The Dip Glazing class takes place from 1pm to 3pm on every first Saturday of the month.
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Home-based Euphoramics provide ceramics and pottery workshops for intermediate students who desire to learn more in depth. The studio’s handbuilding classes not only help you explore a wider range of techniques and creations, it also provides therapeutic experiences with clay. The studio specialises in tableware such as teapots, mugs, teacups and bowls. Classes start at S$220 for four classes of pottery fundamentals where participants can learn how to prepare clay, pinching, coiling and slab techniques. The course will end with lessons on basic glazing.
Euphoramics, address available upon enquiry.