Our pottery school teachers

Todd Beatson, Byron School of Clay

Todd Beatson

Potter & Studio Director of Byron School of Clay

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 & 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. photo credit: Jules Hunt.

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.

Kat Shapiro Wood, Byron School of Clay

Kat Shapiro Wood

Artist, Sculptor & Teacher

Kat has been based in the Northern Rivers for just over ten years. The materiality of clay has most often been at the core of her study and work, and it found its ultimate expression in ceramic form, in particularly in the humble vessel. With a foundation in sculpture, ceramics was a natural extension of her work in clay. 

Kat has taught traditional sculptural processes for many years, and has shown both within Australia and internationally, including as an invited artist to the 2016 International Association of Ceramics 47th Congress Exhibition in Barcelona.

Inspired by Eastern philosophy, a bowl expressed the inevitable inseparability of function and form and its subtle yet powerful effect on our everyday experience.

Kat has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Ceramics) at the National Art School in Sydney.


Nicholas Hannah

Potter & Teacher

Nick has been working in ceramics since 2012, switching from a photography career after discovering the joy of clay. He studied under Jane Sawyer at Slow Clay in Melbourne, and then spent some time at the National Art School in Sydney before working closely with a number of mentors, including Prue Venables, Chester Nealie, and Sandy Lockwood.

Nick’s work is inspired by a love of useful objects, the search for an essential beauty, and the breath of the sea. Teaching pottery offers an opportunity to share the deep connections that clay creates, with the world and within our daily rituals.

I believe that through thoughtful, handcrafted objects we can have a deeper engagement with the world around us. My greatest hope is to encourage moments of quiet contemplation and joy while you go about your daily life. 


If you are interested in joining our team, contact us at info@bsoc.com.au