Open Studio Classes
Suitable for Intermediate and Experienced Students
Self Directed Exploration in Clay
One or More Teachers and Assistants on Hand to Help
Firebird Studios is open for students of all levels to come and explore their own clay projects and ideas. We call these classes “Open Studio”.
One or more teachers and assistants are on hand to help you with your project. You should know the basics of rolling out clay, slump and drape moulding, pinch pots and coiling, creating textures, glazing and under-glazing. We can introduce new ideas to help you achieve your project – such as choice of clay, sizes, colouring options, and firing procedures.
On the whole you should be able to work on your projects with a timely work flow and basic understanding of the common procedures in clay. Our aim is to help you achieve exhibition worthy results as you progress in your clay skills!
If you have not done at least four lessons in the basics of clay, we highly recommend that you start with one of our “Introduction to Pottery” courses!
Please Note – other classes and courses may be underway during Open Studio – there will always be a teacher/assistant available who is not teaching a class. We ask that you do not participate in the courses/classes unless you have enrolled in them!
Casual – $75 per session (3 hours) NB – no specific instructions will be offered as Open Studio is self directed – help is on hand but you should have some clay basics and an understanding of our studio space – if you want a one off lesson please enquire via email, thank you.
Membership – $150 per month – unlimited access to the studio.
Membership is ONLY available via our online portal – https://members.firebirdstudios.com.au/ Payment is through PayPal or Credit Card on a subscription plan.
Members receive a 25% discount on firing and courses (minimum term of three months before course fee discount code is supplied)
The Membership Portal is currently being stocked with tutorials and downloads just for members.
Please indicate your interest in Open Studio Classes using the form:
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Are Open Studio Classes?
Open Studio Classes – Casual – $75 per 3 hour session, Membership – $150/month with many benefits
When Are Open Studio Classes Held?
Firebird Studios is open on the following days/times:
Monday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Tuesday -9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Wednesday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Thursday -9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm.
Friday – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 noon
Sunday – CLOSED
NB – The studio is closed outside of these times. Please ensure you finish you at class time and leave on time!
What Is Included - What Do I Need To Bring?
Firebird Studios can provide limited types of clay and glazes and underglazes – if you use your own materials the firing cost is reduced
You should have your own tools, towels, aprons, and specialty products
You can also buy clay, tools, wheels, and more from Firebird Studios!
– Firebird Studios Firing Costs
Many courses and workshops are fully inclusive of clay, colourings, glazes and two firings.
When firing is not included:
NB – All firing (bisque and glaze) must be paid for even if the work failed, you don’t like it or don’t want it!
Using Firebird Studios clay, colourants and glazes (all clay except porcelain and black – $12/kg) – $10/kg finished work ($4/kg bisque, $6/kg glaze)
Using your own clay, colourants and glazes (all clay) – $7/kg finished work ($3/kg bisque, $4/kg glaze)
Firebird Studio Members:
Using Firebird Studios clay, colourants and glazes (all clay except porcelain – $10/kg) – $7/kg finished work ($3/kg bisque, $4/kg glaze)
Using your own clay, colourants and glazes (all clay) – $5/kg finished work ($2/kg bisque, $3/kg glaze)
Full kiln hire:
$100 +GST bisque
$110 +GST cone 6 glaze
$120 +GST cone 8+ glaze
$40 packing fee
How Can I Enrol?
Come into the Studio during open hours
Join online https://members.firebirdstudios.com.au/
How Can I Pay?
Online by Card or PayPal
What Will I Be Making?
Whatever you want!
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