Clay Talk is a new ceramics centre located in the grounds of Montsalvat. Its creation is a natural extension of Montsalvat’s already rich history as a place where art is made, taught, shown and experienced.

The centre is for those of you who seek to embrace the pursuit of ceramics. At Clay Talk, we want to foster learning and inspire creativity by bringing students and practitioners together through education and skills-based programs.

Clay Talk is a space where students can progressively develop their wheel throwing and hand building skills. It also provides opportunities for practicing ceramicists to explore specialized techniques taught by established artists known in their field.

In the future, we also 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.


Teaching Coordinator
Varuni K

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) Honours 1st Class, RMIT University.
  • Currently undertaking Postgraduate studies in Fine Arts, RMIT University – The creative practice led research in ceramic sculptural installation explores a cultural narrative.
  • Selected in major sculptural and fine art exhibitions nationally; art residencies and workshops in ceramics, overseas.
  • Recipient of scholarships, grants and fellowship to develop ceramics practice.
  • Extensive experience in tertiary education sector with respect to research, teaching and supervision of students.
  • Initiated and coordinated projects including establishing collaborations in the tertiary sector, grants management and liaising with government/private sector.

Facility & Business Coordinator
Susannah Larritt

  • Diploma of Ceramics, Holmesglen TAFE.
  • Creates functional and decorative pieces as well as sculptures and jewellery, particularly using clay as a canvas, layering glazes to create abstracted landscapes.
  • Plans to investigate further the creation of experiential works so the audience is more than just an observer of objects.
  • Worked in the marketing, administration, customer service and English language teaching in Melbourne, London and Florence but core career has been in marketing and communications within both the public and private sectors.
  • Currently attempting to balance freelancing in the corporate world with developing a ceramics practice.

Kiln Technician & Studio Assistant
Denholm Lappas

  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art ) – Object Based Practice, RMIT University.
  • Keen interest in different firing techniques.
  • Currently establishing his ceramics practice including building his own kiln.


Tania Jeffrey

  • Ceramic artist since 2010 making both wheel thrown and handbuilt ceramics.
  • Diploma of Ceramics, Chisholm TAFE.
  • Has completed second year of a Bachelor of Fine Art,RMIT University.
  • Teaches ceramics to students of all ages and skill levels.

Sophie Moorhouse Morris

  • Artist and designer for more than eight years
  • Completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics), RMIT University
  • Attended a six-month exchange, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 2010/11
  • Held exhibitions, received grants, internships and residencies both during her studies and afterwards
  • Self-runs the design label Bakerhouse
  • Has taught ceramics courses and run workshops both in Melbourne and internationally


Beginners ceramics courses are available in vessel forming and handbuilding. Courses run for five weeks and each term usually has two courses back-to-back. You have a choice of weekday evening and weekend classes.

What are you interested in learning?
To discover both wheel throwing and handbuilding? Take a look at Beginners ceramics – vessel forming classes
To focus on handbuilding sculptural forms and unique vessels? See our Beginners handbuilding courses


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.