Clae Space is Melbourne’s new light-filled studio and workshop space located in the unassuming northern suburb of Research. Its owners, ceramicist Daisy Cooper and her muso partner Joseph Smaje, chose the location because of its creative community and because it’s where they live with their four-year-old son.
“The obvious choice would be to open a space like ours in Collingwood or something,” Cooper tells Broadsheet. “But [after moving] up here, we just loved the area and how green it is. We love incorporating the outdoors into our space. It’s so creative around here too. There [are] so many other potters and painters, and the community has really embraced it so far.”
The couple, who are originally from the UK, launched the studio in March. The name comes from the old English word “clae”, meaning “clay or sticky mud”. And while Smaje manages the business side of things, it’s Cooper who has the passion and pottery skills. She trained her partner how to make ceramics too, so they can grow the business together.
Clae Space offers one-off workshops and six-week courses in hand-building and kintsugi (a Japanese repairing technique). It also runs monthly clay, wine and cheese evenings where guests can sip vinos and learn techniques such as pinching, coiling and glazing.
“We really want to integrate [Clae Space] into the community, and also the community into us,” says Cooper. “People can make a day trip out of it and check out [suburb] Warrandyte or some wineries in the Yarra Valley … It’s such a beautiful area and we really want to share it with everyone.”
Single sessions start from $80. Six-week courses start at $450.
6/1625 Main Road, Research
0413 093 888