Clay Talk @ Montsalvat

Clay Talk is a new ceramics centre located in the grounds of Montsalvat. It's a space for those of you who seek to embrace the pursuit of ceramics.


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At Clay Talk you can discover both wheel throwing and handbuilding. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched clay before, want a refresher course or are keen to develop your skills further. Our class sizes are kept small so you can learn at your own pace.
Take a look at our available courses below to find one that suits you.
You can also give someone special a course gift voucher, available in our Made @ Montsalvat shop.


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Clay Talk's creation is a natural extension of Montsalvat’s already rich history as a place where art is made, taught, shown and experienced. The centre aims to foster learning and inspire creativity by bringing students and practitioners together through education and skills-based programs.

At Clay Talk, students can progressively develop their wheel throwing and hand building skills. There are also opportunities for practicing ceramicists to explore specialized techniques taught by established artists known in their field.

In the future, we hope to have studio spaces available to rent for ceramic artists as well as visiting artists (national or international) involved in workshops, talks, residencies and/or projects.


Clay Talk Tutor (Discover Wheel Throwing), Kiln Technician & Studio Assistant
Denholm Lappas

Denholm Lappas is an enthusiastic potter, who has recently graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics).  He has been working in the medium of clay for over 10 years. Working from his own studio in Footscray, his practice extends into various facets of the ceramic art including hand building, throwing, casting, artistic exhibition and commercial commission.  He has years of teaching experience running workshops from his home studio and with various non-profit arts organisations in Melbourne.

Denholm has a passion for ceramic education and considers himself honoured to share the ceramic tradition and the transformative nature of clay with others. He has a fervent interest in all technical facets of the ceramic craft including alternative firing techniques, kiln construction, glaze development and studio management, he looks forward to the ongoing exploration of his craft.

When he's not teaching, running studio time and firing the kilns at Clay Talk @ Montsalvat, he's at RMIT University firing their kilns and assisting the students in the ceramics department. You could say his life revolves around clay.

Denholm aims to make your first experience with ceramics fun and exciting. His enthusiasm for the art form is infectious.


Beginner 1 & 2 Wheel Throwing
Peter Accadia

Peter’s interest in ceramics started from the age of 13 and he is still practicing his art today.  Sharing his lifetime of knowledge is a passion for Peter and many of his later years have been spent teaching from his home studio in Eltham, where he lives with his wife Noriko, who is his inspiration.

His career includes a wide assortment of public exhibition and many of his works are held in private collections across the country. All of Peter’s work consists of high-fired stoneware and porcelain thrown on the wheel but not necessarily ending there, as is evidenced by some of his individual forms and chess pieces.

Why does he pot? Suffice to say that for Peter, life is too short not to be engaging with it in a creative way.

The work of Peter Accadia, in its development over five decades, exhibits a wide range of approaches to the making of functional ceramic wares. This almost exclusive restriction to what could be seen as humble domestic utensils, allows the artist to concentrate his attention on the articulation of extremely subtle variations of both form and surface.” – Alan Pose, Philosopher


To stay in the loop about what’s happening at Clay Talk @ Montsalvat, send us an email or give us a call. We’ll add you to our mailing list.
Phone: (03) 9439 7712


During Montsalvat’s opening hours, come to Reception in the Barn Gallery. They can direct you to Clay Talk.
Note: We’re not always open when Montsalvat is, so please email us to organise a time to visit. If you’re already at Montsalvat and our main door is open, come in and say hello. Just be aware that when classes are running, our tutors won’t be able to show you around – they’ll be focused on teaching students.