Enjoy some clay play at Newstead’s Mas & Miek Ceramic House
Remember as a child the sheer joy you would get from playing with squishy clay? It was such a thrill to see a shapeless lump of earth transformed into something that you created – plus, you were allowed to get your hands dirty. Now as adults, we tend to find happiness in the form of other, more material things, like beautiful ceramics, for example. So why not combine the two for the ultimate in enjoyment? At Mas & Miek Ceramic House, you can. We suggest you cue ‘Unchained Melody’ and read on.
There is no denying that ceramics are having a major resurgence. And when we announced the upcoming opening of Mas & Miek Ceramic House earlier this year, you all went a little crazy. Opening next Tuesday April 18, The Ceramic House comes from creative mother-daughter duo Mieke and Charlie De Deyne, whose work you may be familiar with from their pop-up shops and GOMA market visits. Mieke’s love for the craft began 15 years ago, when her husband bought her a pottery wheel for her birthday. After taking classes she was hooked, and that single pottery wheel slowly grew to be two, then three, then a fully equipped studio in their Sunshine Coast home. It was only natural that this love (and talent) rubbed off on Mieke’s daughter Charlie, and for the last five years the duo has been working together to create stunning ethereal ceramic pieces.
The Ceramic House realises Mieke and Charlie’s dream to open a permanent shop to showcase these beautiful wares, as well as a ceramic studio for classes and workshops so they can share their love of clay with others. The high-ceilinged warehouse space features eight pottery wheels, vast hand-building and glazing work benches, kilns, tools, storage and a clay bar, where you can purchase four kinds of clay to play with. Head to The Street Photographer for a closer look at the space! You can buy one, four or ten classes, then book online for either a throwing or hand-building class. It doesn’t matter if you are a clay novice or a Demi Moore a la Ghost professional – The Ceramic House works on an open-learning structure, with each session open to all levels. There are limited spots in each class, which means you can progress and learn at your own pace and the tutors will come around to individually help each student. All tools, facilities and glazes are free to students, with firing coming at a small cost per weight. The Ceramic House will also offer masterclasses, private functions, and Paint a Pot sessions, where you can grab a Fonzie Abbott coffee from the on-site cafe, head upstairs to the pottery library for inspiration, and paint away on a pre-made ceramic piece.
If you’re ready to get your hands dirty (or perhaps just fulfil your Patrick Swayze fantasies), head to our Stumble Guide for class times and contact details.