Hands on Fun

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Looking for a creative outlet? Why not try your hand at pottery. The Butter Factory Arts Centre has a host of classes on offer for everyone to enjoy as Ingrid Nelson discovers.

There are few things more therapeutic than getting your hands dirty and pottery is the perfect way to really connect with your inner earthy side and create something truly unique you can treasure forever – or give to someone as the perfect personalised gift.

Offering classes for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced and for all ages, Cooroy’s Butter Factory Arts Centre (BFAC) has recently renovated its pottery studio and has some of the best teachers to guide you on your creative journey.

“Pottery seems to be making quite a comeback, and we have noticed an increase since lockdown. It’s very relaxing and the wheel throwing is quite meditative,” says Butter Factory Arts Coordinator, Alicia Sharples.

Opening their pottery studio to the public last year, Alicia says it was a way of allowing the whole community to access the joy and creativity of this ancient art form.

You can become a member for just $35 per year and $10 per day for an access pass, which allows you discounted firing rates. Plus there are lots of classes.

Alicia says although all levels are welcome to join, they do encourage beginners to participate in a five-week beginner class to learn the basics.

“There are several different classes people can get involved in,” says Alicia.  “From basic introduction to ceramics, to hand building and wheel throwing as well as different glaze techniques.”

Adult classes run throughout the school term and kids will love the newly-introduced kids classes, which will run throughout the holidays.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get little ones away from their devices and enjoying something hands on and creative over the Christmas break.

With three different tutors on hand
to offer expert advice and guidance, including experienced teacher Michael Ciavarella, who is a former TAFE Visual Arts teacher and established ceramist, you will be learning from the best.

“Michael is a very well-known ceramist and a Eumundi legend, who offers a variety of classes for different levels of experience,” says Alicia.

And with Christmas just around the corner, what better time to visit the studio and get a taste of what you could create at the Christmas pottery market.

“All of the potters set up a table at the Christmas event and sell their wares,” says Alicia.

“On Saturday 5 December from 7am to midday, there will be 25 different stalls with 40 different potters selling their work.

“The pieces make a great personalised gift and are perfect for end of year presents for teachers.”

For more information on the Pottery Classes visit the website at butterfactoryartscentre.com.au/pottery

About the Author /


A journalist for more than 20 years, Ingrid has worked across all mediums, eventually finding her niche as a feature writer. Cutting her teeth as young television reporter, she quickly moved through the ranks before joining a high-profile Brisbane magazine. She moved to the Sunshine Coast with her husband and three children in 2007 and has spent the last eight years working in publishing. She is thrilled to join the clever and creative team at IN Noosa Magazine.

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