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Marbling on the Wheel Workshop


Marbling on the Wheel Workshop



Class Schedule

  • Saturday 1 April 10am-3pm

What You Will Learn

  • How to wedge two differently coloured clays together
  • How to stain clay to create new blends of coloured clay
  • The techniques involved in marbling clay on the wheel

What You Get

  • A solid understanding and knowledge on how to create marbled work on the potter's wheel
  • IMPORTANT: Participants MUST have previous wheel throwing experience. If you have any questions regarding this please call us on (03) 9387 3911 to discuss.


In this workshop you will you will learn the technique of marbling on the pottery wheel with our experienced tutor Sarah Schembri.

Marbling is a technique in which two or more differently coloured clays are partially blended together and can be used to create striking surface decoration, reminiscent of natural geological formations.

In Marbling on the Wheel you will be learn about clay compatibility in terms of drying and firing, how to effectively wedge two differently coloured clays together in preparation for the wheel and the best throwing techniques to maximise the marbled surface. You will also learn how to colour clay with stains to create new blends of coloured clay from which to marble with.

This workshop will focus on simple forms, such as bowls, cylindrical forms and ovoids. If you have basic throwing skills and would like to explore a new technique on the wheel, this could be for you. 

This workshop includes the glazing (clear glaze) and firing of work created. Please note, the turnaround time for firing is generally 7-10 working days. This is a hands-on workshop, please wear suitable clothing and bring your own towel.

IMPORTANT: Participants MUST have previous wheel throwing experience. If you have any questions regarding this please call us on (03) 9387 3911 to discuss.


Tutor Profile Sarah Schembri

Sarah Schembri has been a tutor and resident artist with Northcote Pottery Supplies for the past four years. She first studied ceramics under Barbara Campbell-Allen at the Willoughby Arts Centre in Sydney, then went on to further studies at Holmesglen Institute of Tafe and Ballarat University. Sarah supplies her ceramics to a number retail outlets in Australia, including, Craft Victoria, MrKitly and our very own SMALLpieces, she also has her own online store and has been selected as a finalist in several ceramic award exhibitions.

Sarah’s work is inspired by the diversity and beauty of the Australian landscape - particularly rock formations with their contrasting textures and colours. She is passionate about creating functional, tactile and visually appealing ceramics, particularly tableware.

“Teaching is an opportunity for me to share with others what I love and are passionate about - working with clay!I believe that creating an environment that is enjoyable and interesting are the best ways for people to engage and learn. This is what I try to create in my classes, a place that is fulfilling and rewarding.”