Woodfired Terracotta with Stephen Roberts

  • Cooroora Institute 780 Cooroy Belli Creek Rd 4563 Australia

An exploration of the wood-fired properties of terracotta clays using many coloured slips as decorative techniques – brush, slip-trail, inlaid, carved and rubbed, terra sigillata. Terracotta responds particularly well to woodfiring with a long tradition across many cultures, creating lovely warm colours. We’ll be using Bennett’s Terracotta at around $20 per pack with a broad firing range and easy to use. The first bisque firing will be in an electric kiln and the second glaze firing, using clear and honey glazes, will be in the wood-fired kiln designed and made by Stephen. Pots will be both wheel thrown and hand-built. Beginners are welcome. This course will lead up to the International Wood-fired conference, Smoke on the Water, held across the Noosa hinterland from June 28th to July 1st.


Stephen Roberts is a very established potter on the Sunshine Coast with an interest in natural materials and finishes. He has worked in Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and Australian potteries. He is an exceptional teacher, relaxed and willing to help unusual explorations of making. He has been both a production and artistic potter with numerous exhibitions to his name and is an expert in wood-fired processes and products. 

$250 includes firings and glazes. Clay will be available to purchase. Buy your place in the class here.

Class maximum 8 students, Woodfiring days: June 6th and 28th (second firing as part of Woodfired conference.)

Tai Chi is held on Tuesday morning from 9am, followed by morning coffee at 10am. If you are booked into this pottery course, you are welcome to come along and join us earlier.