Byron School of Clay is a pottery and ceramic art school providing entry level pathways into ceramic education. Located in Byron Bay, we are dedicated to instructing and fostering an enthusiasm for pottery within our students.

Classes are taught by local artists with educational backgrounds. Our teaching practice is just as important as our art practice, which is why we provide a student centred approach to learning where we work hard to meet the individual needs of each student. 

Our goal is to combine quality teaching practices with industry recognised techniques to guide and help our students develop a solid foundation of skills to grow their ceramic art practice. 

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Todd Beatson, POTTER & DIRECTOR OF Byron School of Clay

Todd teaches Introduction to wheel throwing.

Byron School of Clay was founded by artist and teacher Todd Beatson who grew up on the Central Coast, NSW. After completing university he wanted to do something with his hands and joined the Slow Clay Centre in Collingwood, Melbourne. Under the tutelage of Jane Sawyer, Todd became a studio technician and began teaching classes to adults and children.

Todd moved to Northern Rivers in 2016 and launched Byron School of Clay as an entry-level pathway into ceramics, giving people the same opportunity to learn and fall in love with the craft as he had.

I am drawn to the narrative of things we use in our everyday lives, from the cups we drink out of, to the objects we display and take pride in.

Todd has a Master of Teaching from Melbourne University.

photo credit: Jules Hunt.

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Lauren Campbell, Sit Still Lauren

Lauren teaches Introduction to hand building.

Potter Lauren of Sit Still Lauren Ceramics grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, this meant that she has never lived far away from the ocean's playground. The aesthetic foundation is akin to its simplicities & the tumult of its mighty harmonies. Something she draws clarity & inspiration from every day.

Working in the big smoke of Sydney City, she had always felt out of place amongst the financial elite. When Lauren discovered clay, she fell in love. It was the one place she felt completely at ease.

No matter where Lauren is, she'll always be at home when her hands are muddied—and teaching is just an extension of this... a place to pass on her passion.

Lauren has Diploma of Design & Interior Styling and a Diploma of Ceramics.