8 Places In Singapore Where You Can Learn Pottery

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8 Places In Singapore Where You Can Learn Pottery

STORY: Neon Drew
07 September 2019
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In an era when mass production is the name of the game, it’s easy to feel like the proverbial plastic bag in Katy Perry’s Firework, making it unsurprising why DIY crafts have slowly crept back into the hearts and routines of people.

Need a new recreation that is minimal in stress yet maximal in therapy? Then pottery might just be right up your alley. Here are 8 places in Singapore where you can learn pottery, the soon-to-be it thing to do. Whether it’s behind the wheel or just you and your trusty hands, get creative at these pottery studios!

1. Mud Rock Ceramics

With a long list of big-name clientele - one of which includes a commission from the President himself to craft a tea set for England’s Queen Elizabeth II as Singapore’s royal state gift in 2016 - little needs to be said about Mud Rock Ceramic’s reputation in the ceramics industry.

The classes provided at the studio cater across age groups and proficiencies, so get privy with building fundamentals from the best in the trade before putting your own creative spins behind the wheel.

Mud Rock Ceramics, 85 Maude Rd, Singapore 208357
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2. Arudio Ceramics

Tucked away in the sleeve of Woodlands is Arudio Ceramics, an art studio that runs crafting workshops across various mediums ranging from painting to ceramic sculpting. 

Serial experiencers looking for a new hobby, take part in the trial or short courses to get acquainted with this art form whereas seasoned potters who are after independent sessions where it’s just them and the wheel can sign up for the studio’s advanced wheel class - where student get to create unlimited number of art pieces during the 10 x 3 hours sessions.

Arudio also offers packages designed for couples, so hippy lovebirds, consider your weekend paktor sorted.

Arudio Studio, Woodlands Primz Hub, 21 Woodlands Close, #03-34, Singapore 737854
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3. The Potter’s Guilt

Radiating conviviality, stepping foot into The Potter’s Guilt will feel more like entering an old friend’s home rather than a class. The folks behind the pottery studio are big on camaraderie and the interiors of the workshop reflect that - communal tables, open communication and ample freedom to let your creativity take centre stage.

Offering both hand throwing and wheeling courses, we recommend first-timers and novices to try their hand at the ‘Pottery Do-It-All’ first - an introductory session that covers sculpting basics along with trials in both forms of crafting - before making a commitment for full length courses.

The Potter’s Guilt, 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace, #01-03, Singapore 168976
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4. Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

You can probably find pottery classes in more accessible locations, there’s something to be said about learning the craft at one of Singapore’s longest-running pottery businesses. 

Home to the last surviving OG ‘dragon kiln’ ceramic oven that’s been around since 1965, a trip to Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle will require you take the grand voyage to the deep trenches of Lorong Tawas (next to Pulau NTU) but we promise it’ll be every effort worthwhile.

Though the 36-metre long kiln is now mostly reserved for tours and educational purposes, live firings are still carried out on special occasions, so do keep a lookout for the next kindling on their website!

On the lessons front, there are both short term one-off type tutorials to full 10-lesson programmes and all activities are carried out in open spaces with previously completed works on display. So feel free to walk around and gather inspiration before starting on your own masterpiece.

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lor Tawas, Singapore 639823
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5. Weekend Worker

With a penchant for turning unassuming blocks of clay into pieces of art, the makers behind Weekend Worker are vested in imparting the transformative magic of pottery and sharing the joy that comes with the proces

Classes are capped at five per session so students are given ample attention to master the techniques before moving on to the next stage - which is ideal for serious hobbyists who want to nail basics down before embarking on advanced methods.

Weekend Worker, Weekend Worker Ceramic Studio at Newton
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6. Ves. Studio

Located in the hipster enclave of Holland Village, creative-types will feel right at home when they get their start in crafting through the medium of clay when they enter ves. studio

The syllabus here is streamlined to be progressive, prospective students are recommended to start from scratch with the 4-week Introduction to Pottery (Handbuilding) course before advancing further.

While fundamentals like pinching and coiling might sound rudimentary, they’ll come in handy as you advance into the intermediate stage when complex silhouettes are involved - you’ll be surprised at how many higher-level techniques all require mastery of basic skills.

Ves Studio, 75 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278268
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7. Urth&Phire

The Beginner Wheel Pottery class at Urth&Phire is easily one of the most well-priced courses out there. For $400, the 8 x 2-hour course includes all the materials needed and covers the entire crafting gamut, from shaping and trimming to glazing. What’s more, you get to bring home 8 pieces of your works - all fired in the kiln without additional fees so it’s ready for use right away

Not entirely sure if it’s your thing? The studio also provides single session trials for the fickle minded. Oh, and don’t worry, a quick crash course will be given before you go carte blanche.

Urth&Phire, 2 Pereira Rd, #05-02A 2connectt@TS, Singapore 368024
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8. The 8th Floor Creative Space

With a 20-week curriculum designed by a faculty member from a local arts institution, the pottery immersive by The 8th Floor Creative Space isn’t for the indecisive or weak-hearted

Carried out in two phases - first creating domestic tableware then decorative pieces, the course isn’t just fun and games, but instead to cultivate an appreciation for the intricacies of ceramic art.

But before you get scared stiff, be glad to know about the progress-monitoring system that’s put in place - so instructors can effectively track each student’s progress and customise lesson trajectories accordingly to match their learning pace.

The 8th Floor Creative Space, 37 Lor 23 Geylang, #08-03 Yu Li Industrial Building, Singapore 388371
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