Backpacking his way through India in 2016, Guy Vadas found himself telling people he was going to open a ceramics studio. He’d never touched a pottery wheel before, but upon returning home to Australia he spent many afternoons with ceramicist neighbours learning the craft. This month, he opened his own studio, Ceramiques, in Elsternwick.
“I started potting about two years ago, when I had just finished high school. I used to go to a neighbour’s house around the corner from me and sit at a table with six or seven older ladies and drink tea, eat biscuits and make pinch pots,” he says.
“Eventually I realised I should probably do a course but found there were no classes to book into, south side.” Many of Melbourne’s most popular pottery schools, such as Slow Clay, SoCa and Mercator Ceramics, are all in the north.
“All the north-side classes were far, fully booked and really not the vibe I was looking for, so I thought I may as well open my own,” Vadas says.
For Vadas, now 20 years old, wheel-throwing is foremost a creative outlet and one that, through his new shop, he hopes to share with as many people as he can. In fact, he offered free admission to all classes booked in his opening month.
“They booked out in less than two hours and people are loving getting their hands messy,” Vadas says. “It’s definitely a tranquil, calm and relaxing space.”
Single classes are available to book for individuals or groups. For individuals, a 90-minute class is $120 and a 120-minute class is $160, while group bookings of two people or more are slightly cheaper per person. The 6 week course costs $330, which works out to $55 per class.
“Ceramiques offers a modern twist on an old-school activity,” Vadas says. “There are some seriously creative and beautiful pieces coming from our studio.”
27, Horne Street, Elsternwick
Mon to Fri 10am–7pm
Sat & Sun 10am–5pm