Clae Space is the new light-filled ceramic studio nestled in Melbourne’s leafy northeast

Maybe you were one of the many people who turned to clay to ease their lockdown frustrations last year, or maybe you’re just looking for a new creative outlet to add to your repertoire. . Either way, the new Clae Space ceramics teaching studio is destined to be one of your new happy places.

A bright and friendly space located in the leafy pocket of Research in Melbourne’s northeast, Clae is the brainchild of ceramic artist Daisy Cooper (Daisy Cooper Ceramics) and her partner Joseph Smaje.

Daisy Cooper & Joseph Smaje, by Catherine Elise

The duo transformed part of their label’s bright studio into an inviting teaching space. Here, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley and Warrandyte, budding ceramists can disconnect from the world to immerse themselves in practice and hone their skills. Under the tutelage of an expert, no less.

Clae Space currently runs a handful of classes, including a six-week introductory hand-building course that walks students through the fundamentals of the craft, dives into different techniques, and sees them each create their own. personal ceramic project.

By Catherine Elise

If you’d rather just get your hands dirty and let off steam with a one-off workshop, you’ll also find regular 90-minute introductory sessions, as well as themed workshops and the odd Clay, Wine and Cheese evening.

Cooper also holds regular workshops on the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, centered around the idea of ​​pointing out or celebrating an object’s imperfections. In this course, you will learn how to use the practice to artfully repair broken ceramic pieces with bold gold stitching, creating unique new homewares for your own stamp.

Various private lessons are also available, if you fancy something a little more creative with friends than a bottomless brunch.

Find Clae Space at Unit 6, 1625 Main Road, Research.

Images: Catherine Elise

Posted on March 02, 2022 by

Libby Curran

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