The Ceramics Workshop provides students with a stimulating environment and a wide range of opportunities to explore, work and research in the ceramics medium. Students are encouraged to become familiar with clay and glaze technologies and develop ways of working that are appropriate vehicles for their ideas. Graduates present work ranging from innovative figurative and sculptural pieces to finely made domestic vessels. Students are taught by professionally active staff of high reputation, and past students from the workshop have gone on to careers as studio artists, arts administrators, public and landscape artists, curators and teachers, as well as production throwers in design centres and commercial potteries. They have also won many prizes, and are well represented in public collections.
The facilities offered by the Ceramic Workshop rank among the best in teaching institutions in Australia and overseas. The workshop has dedicated spaces for throwing, handbuilding, plaster, glazing and firing. Within the workshop each student is allocated an individual work space.
Workshop spaces and equipment include;
- A dedicated throwing room of twelve electric wheels and a Leach kick wheel
- A dedicated glaze room with extensive list of raw materials, triple balance scales and mixers
- Plaster mould making area
- Clay making and reclaim area with two Peter Puggers, two de Airing Pugmills, an edge mill runner, diamond saw, ball mill and rock crusher
- Hydraulic platform trolleys with 350kg - 500kg capacity for transporting materials and work to and from kilns
- Individual student work spaces with wheels as per requirements of students
- A demonstration lecture room
- Nine electric kilns in sizes ranging from small test kiln to over one metre internal height
- Ten gas kilns of various sizes including a large top hat trolley kiln with packing spaces of one metre cube
- Salt and soda kilns
- Wood kilns
- Raku and Lustre kilns