Pottery is fast growing in popularity in Singapore, with more and more people eager to get their hands dirty creating their own bowls, vases and more. For some, it’s a tactile, therapeutic activity that soothes the soul and calms the mind; for others, it’s a practical skill worth picking up. If you’d like to try your hand at the craft, check out these top venues for pottery classes in Singapore.
At Center Pottery’s Dragon Kiln Workshop, you’ll get to learn about the history of the studio’s 60-year-old dragon kiln before throwing clay on the potter’s wheel under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Participants will usually make two or three pieces in a single session, which they can take home after five to six weeks (after glazing and firing).
Duration: 4.5 hours
Who better to teach the craft than the potters who made Singapore’s gift – a tea set – for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday? Mud Rock Ceramics conducts a beginner’s course that covers five basic ceramic techniques, namely coiling, slab building, throwing, trimming and glazing. Once you’ve built a solid foundation, you can progress to the advanced course, which is suitable for those who can centre, throw and lift independently.
Duration: 2.5 hours x 5 lessons
Boon’s Pottery offers two courses on the essential techniques of coiling and wheel-throwing respectively. Taught by teachers from Singapore, Japan and Korea, these courses will ensure that you get the basics of pottery down pat. We advise taking the coiling course first, which is suitable for beginners, before moving on to wheel-throwing.
Duration: 3 hours x 4 lessons
Once you’ve mastered the basics of pottery, try An Introduction to Mould-Making & Slip-Casting at School of Clay Arts, during which you can make replicas of your favourite ceramics by creating your own plaster mould. Each workshop is limited to five students, ensuring that you’ll receive plenty of guidance.
Duration: 2 sessions