Arts and Crafts
Bendigo Pottery Epsom
Where are we going today?
It's always fun when you find a pottery workshop to really get creative and get your hands messy, but at Australia's OLDEST pottery workshop, there is SO much more for the family to enjoy!
Bendigo Pottery was established way back in 1858, and is a great place for the creative families to visit!
There is so much to do, and we're excited to tell you all about it! First, how about we start with the Interpretive Museum?
At this museum, you can step back in time and learn all about the production, machinery, processes and working conditions of this famous Bendigo Pottery - right from it's beginnings in 1858 to right now!
Did you know that Bendigo Pottery has one of the most significant collections of historic wood fired kilns in the entire world? That's quite an impressive feat!
The museum is built around old kilns, and is filled with exhibits that show you the equipment used, and the pottery created through the years. There are even videos and soundscapes to really give you an insight.
Of course, it's a pottery workshop, so we want to get our hands dirty! During the school holidays, Bendigo Pottery offer a Clay Play area where kids can try some hand building or sculpting. No need to book, just pick up a Clay Play Kit and get started!
If you want to try and learn a new skill, why not take up a wheel throwing lesson! These are offers outside the holidays too, and you can even get your creation fired and glazed ready to take home! Perfect for kids over 6 years.
Decorating Workshops are available during weekdays during school holidays only, and here you can enjoy a 1 hour workshop on different techniques to really make your piece stand out!
We haven't even started on the numerous art galleries that you can explore!
Bendigo Pottery is certainly a great place to make the family go POTTY!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsLessons from $15. Workshops from $18.
- ChildrenClay Play $4. Lessons from $15. Workshops from $18.
When can we go?
9am - 5pm daily
All year round.
They offers a range of themes from history and art for students! They also have reference material for you too. .
They have a cafe where you can enjoy a snack or a lunch. Lots of tasty treats here!.
They have gluten free options available to you .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget to remember that there is no wrong in art...just be creative! It would be a shame to visit and not create something. .
Doing our bit
Bendigo Pottery not only continue teaching art, and showcasing local art, to all who visit, but they respect the history and preserve the workshop so they can continue to tell it's story .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how accessible the area is.
Can I get one of those?
You can take your pottery home if you choose to from your workshop. They also have an antiques and collectables centre if you want to purchase something more fancy! .
Check all the workshops and activities before you visit, as they have different times and costs. .
What people are saying?
by Matt Thomas
My nise livs in bedigo
by Travis Markwick
I'd been here before roughly 10 years ago, and not a lot had changed.
The addition of the art galleries is nice, but the kids got a great kick out of joining a pottery class and making plates and a cup - it wasn't the cheapest exercise in the world by the time it was coloured, fired and delivered back home, but the kids will cherish the memory.
by Jaki Ffrench