From art-jamming to floral arrangement, and even prata-flipping, there are no end to things you can learn and do in Singapore – who said we were boring? Pottery making has also been catching on amidst the more hands-on folks in our city because, well, there’s nothing quite like making your own crockery from scratch instead of buying mass manufactured works off shelves. So, here are five studios with classes and open sessions if you’d like experience working with clay (and perhaps sitting at the pottery wheel à la Ghost).
Goodman Ceramic Studio
Nestled within the arts enclave of Goodman Art Centre, the spacious Goodman Ceramic Studio is a good place for both beginners and experienced ceramists. With up to eight kilns and a variety of equipment and clay – Goodman Ceramic Studio also supplies exclusive brands of clay and their own glaze – at your disposal, create as you see fit within a likeminded community when you head down for a session.
Goodman Ceramic Studio is located at 90 Goodman Road, #01-37 Block G Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053, p. +65 6346 63551/+65 9726 5210. Opens Tue 9am – 8.30pm, Wed-Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun 9am – 6pm. Closed on Mon and public holidays.
Offering both classes and completed ceramics for purchase at specialty boutiques, Euphoramics is the place to get personal with clay as you work under the tutelage of trained teacher Loy Yan Ling. With the choice of either three-hour workshops or sets of specialised two-and-a-half hour studio classes for more in-depth learning of techniques, the classes focus on the therapeutic experiences of creating your own individual pieces in a shared setting. All items are made with stoneware clay and glazed with a mixture of commercial and studio mixed glazes.
Take a step out of the busy working life and head to Studio Asobi for a cosy pottery session. Located within owners Lee Huiwen and Kenneth Chua’s home studio, workshops are held for you to get acquainted with the basics and make your own pieces with through hand-building and the potter’s wheel. And if you’re a seasoned ceramist, don’t worry about going slow – past participants can head down for open sessions, with both owners on hand to help if necessary. Workshops start from $90 per person, with 20% of the proceeds go to local charity Mercy Centre, an outreach for the homeless in Singapore.
Ceramics collective Weekend Worker started conducting workshops back in 2013, and have never looked back since. With single workshops held once or twice a month focuses on a certain aspect of the craft, seasoned and beginner ceramists can hone their skills in the particular area, with a 40-minute introduction on the basics followed by 3 hours of creating under the guidance of instructors – ample time to produce two to four pieces per session.
Mud Rock Ceramics
Having created customised crockery for restaurant Morsels and a tea set commissioned specifically for Her Majesty the Queen of England, it is safe to say that Mud Rock Ceramics has some of the best potters in Singapore. Learn from them during their weekly pottery classes, with a programme of five lessons deliving into the basics of throwing, trimming, coiling, slab building and glazing for a total for $315 per person. Unsure about how long you can commit? Ad hoc one-off trials for throwing or coiling are available at $70 per person as well.
Top Image: Goodman Ceramic Studio