Term Classes

Sturt Weekly Classes

Sturt Studios run weekly classes in ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, weaving and woodworking, both as day and evening classes. These follow the four-term academic year.

To confirm bookings, you’ll need to pay the full fee before the term starts. All enquiries, bookings and payments are made through Sturt Gallery.

To contact us, please call +61 2 4860 2083 or email shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au

2022 TERM 1 & TERM 2 DATES


Ceramics with Simon Bowley & Neil Boughton

For all classes students are taught basic glaze technology and a wide range of decorating and glazing techniques. For handbuilding, students are taught how to make pots using hand building methods. For throwing, students are taught how to make pots using the wheel. 

  • The classes are suitable for beginners to intermediate students. 
  • Tools and equipment are provided. Students purchase their own clay.
  • Clayworks Pottery Supply Shop is open Wednesday and Friday at Sturt from 9.30am - 2.00pm

Simon Bowley
Based in Moss Vale, Simon Bowley is focused mainly on wheel and hand formed ceramics. Simon is intrigued by the challenges involved in making objects that are practical as well as aesthetically refined. Recently his practice has expanded to working on wood fired pieces, trying to use clays and slips that are flashed by the fire over a period of days of high temperature heat work. 

Neil Boughton
Neil Boughton began his ceramics career in the studio of ceramicist Vladimir Tichy gaining insights into his practise of producing architectural murals and tiles. In 2014, Neil moved to the Potters Lane Studio in Robertson. He makes wheel-thrown forms influenced by medieval and classical ceramics, decorated using raku firing techniques and in-glaze lustres. 


Create silver jewellery with Yvette de Mestre

Join Yvette de Mestre exploring techniques for creating your own silver jewellery including saw piercing, shaping, texturing, riveting, soldering and polishing. Beginner students start making rings and move onto exploring new skills designing their own pieces of jewellery in a warm, supportive environment. All tools and equipment are supplied in Sturt’s fabulous metalwork studio in our inspiring bushland campus. Silver and other materials are available for purchase in class. 

Yvette is a contemporary Australian jeweller based in the Illawarra drawing on her international experience and practice of over 20 years to create and teach in secondary and tertiary settings. Yvette’s work is defined by experimentation to produce unique pieces, particularly with gems, silver clay and laser cutting technology. Her work is represented in Sturt Gallery along with other selected galleries throughout Australia. 

Wednesday Evenings, 6.00pm - 9.00pm | Level: Beginner - Intermediate | Cost: $582

  • Term 1: 2 February - 6 April (10 weeks)
  • Term 2: 27 April - 22 June (9 weeks)


Weaving with Susan Walker

Learn the art of traditional weaving using table looms and a selection of floor looms. Students will start with a range of set projects to develop skills and experience before moving on to their own designs and projects. This course is suitable for beginners. 

Sue Walker has had a life-long connection to the textile arts – anything involving thread, yarn or fabric has not escaped her textile pursuits! Sue has taught in a variety of educational contexts including school, TAFE, community colleges and university. Currently Sue teaches English and Textiles and Design at high school and runs an online business selling weaving and knitting supplies. She is passionate about creating and supplying beautiful hand dyed yarns and fibres for other textile artists. Sue enjoys weaving on her AVL computerised loom, creating hand woven fabric for clothing and upholstery. With a wide range of yarns at her fingertips, she enjoys experimenting with unusual yarns including paper, wire, felted wool as well as hand dyed wools and silks. 

Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm | Level: Beginner | Cost: $365

  • Term 1: 5 February - 19 March (6 weeks, no class on 12 February)
  • Term 2: 7 May - 8 June (6 weeks, final class on Wednesday 8 June)


Fine Woodworking with Gary Studd & Martin Jones

Sturt’s woodwork classes give students a grounding in the basic skills of fine woodworking. The classes operate in a nurturing, informal environment and focus upon the use of hand tools to produce set projects designed to incorporate different learning processes. 

Gary Studd
After working for 12 years with the Australian Antarctic Program where he was awarded an Antarctic Medal for service, Garry Studd pursued a lifelong passion for woodwork. Graduating from the Sturt School for Wood in 2004, Garry is now a part time woodworking teacher and a full time maker with recent ventures into brass in addition to timber. 

Martin Jones
Based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Martin crafts a range of bespoke furniture and homewares. Operating under Jones Wood Studio, Martin creates unique quality pieces using a variety of materials and techniques to suit each individual’s requirements. Martin works with a broad range of timber species and finished to create one-of-a-kind pieces.