Our teachers

Adele Jade

Picture of Adele Jade holding a hand made vase, standing in front of a table ready for a workshop Adele is a jeweller, potter and teacher, working from studios in Eltham and Thornbury. She creates small hand built batch ceramics, limited in edition, using a range of ancient techniques, drawing inspiration from history through past studies in archaeology and exploring sacred sites around the world. 

Adele is happiest when she is engaged with the world, its people, and experiences that deeply inspire her. She considers art a means of connection - to the past, to oneself and to those in her community. She teaches our kids classes and our evening adult hand building classes with a passion and inspiration that she puts into everything.

Jessie Pittard

Jessie Pittard stands in front of rows of shelves full of drying pottery. She is holding two bowls resting on round batts that are stacked.

Jessie is an Eltham based artist, printmaker and ceramist. An accomplished wheel thrower and hand builder, Jessie is a regular Monday morning teacher with our adult wheel throwing class, and also teaches children and teens at ClayTalk, Montsalvat.  Jessie also runs 'My Backyard Adventures' where she creates and designs whimsical, fun and functional products for the young and the young at heart.

 Kirsten Formston

Kirsten Formston sits at a pottery wheel making a tall cylinder.

Kirsten is a ceramist based in Wonga Park where she runs her ceramics production and classes at Formston Ceramics. She comes from a family of potters, with her Mum a production studio potter and her Dad a ceramics teacher at Holmesglen. She is a wonderful and knowledgeable wheel throwing teacher who teachers our Wednesday and Friday day adult wheel throwing classes and the occasional one-off class. When she's not potting, she also works as a Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria.

Vivienne Taylor 

Viv Taylor sits at a pottery wheel making a small bowl out of white clay.
Viv is a ceramic artist who is currently studying Secondary Teaching at ACU. She is an accomplished wheel thrower and sgraffitto artist making incredibly detailed works which she sells through Etsy as well as regularly displaying in shows. She is a regular wheel throwing teacher with us, teaching our adult evening classes and hosting our Try the Wheel and Wine and Wheel nights. 

 

  

Alyssa Potter

Alyssa, a white Caucasian female with dark brown and pink hair, holds a ceramic hamburger and is pretending to take a bite Alyssa is the owner of Clae Space and a budding ceramicist. She has spent her life creating in various forms - from crochet, macrame, painting, sewing and baking. She loves learning and is passionate about testing and trying new clays, glazes, underglazes and techniques. She has a background in Communications and Performing Arts and loves teaching both kids and adults. You will generally meet her at our School Holiday Program and our Pottery & Prosecco and Boobs & Bubbles events.

 

Krysten King

Krysten is a newcomer to our team! After working as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for a number of years, she started pottery classes as a way to unwind and got hooked! Now she sells her own wares as the Fruity Potter and loves teaching both wheel throwing and hand building. She thrives working with both adults and children as she is also a Drama and Dance Teacher! You’ll find her teaching our School Holiday programs, one-off workshops as well as popping into our Term classes.

 

Liz Notley

Picture of Liz Notley standing behind her triangular vase wearing a bright coat.

Liz has been a potter for the last 10 years and is constantly learning and constantly inspired by the work of others. She’s done everything from Nerikomi, wheel throwing, hand building, slip casting, decorating, glazes and wood firing. She recently retired from her role in biosecurity and zoos and now volunteers and also works as a teacher at Clay Talk. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the annual Pottery Expo in Warrandyte! Come along to one of our Wheel & Wine nights and other workshops to learn from her!