Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

  • What is the difference between a workshop and a course? A workshop is a short class that takes place on one day and a course consists of multiple of classes spread over days, a weekend or weeks.

  • What should I bring/wear to my workshop? An old towel to throw over your lap is very helpful for wiping fingers and protecting your clothes. Aprons, overalls, hair ties and comfy shoes are encouraged :)

  • What is the student minimum age? All our classes are open to adults 16 plus.

  • Where is the studio & when are you open? Byron School of Clay is located at 3/17 Tasman Way, Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate. During the school term we are open for visits Tuesday & Wednesday from midday to 3pm, and Saturdays 11am to 2pm. Please check our contact page for school holiday hours.

  • How do I contact you?: You can email us at, message us via the contact page or pop into the studio during opening hours.

  • Do you run a firing service? Not yet! But we will soon—please email us and we will keep you informed about when this begins.

  • Can I buy clay? Yes. Please contact us for our price list.

  • Do you offer training or apprenticeships? We run a Studio Technician program where local students receive mentoring and free 24/7 studio access in return for their help running the studio. Contact us to learn more.

Term Class FAQs

  • How long is a term? Our terms are 8 weeks long and run four times a year in line with NSW school dates. We observe NSW public holidays.

  • How often do I attend my term class? All our term courses follow a weekly lesson structure and students have one class a week—but you can come into the studio & practice as often as you want during studio sessions.

  • Can I use my own glazes? Yes! But please check with your teacher so we can assess their compatibility with our clays & kilns

  • Can I swap classes if I can’t make mine? As a rule—no. Our classes sell out and there simply aren’t enough wheels. Instead, all students can make up one missed class a term with a free studio session.

  • Where can I find my weekly lesson plan? Students are provided a hand out on the first day of their course. You can also keep up to date with your weekly school update—emailed direct to your inbox every Monday morning.