I specialise in making beautiful functional ceramics for around the home. I teach classes from my home studio to locals and tourists who want to create something of their own in a relaxing environment.

One Day Ceramics Workshop

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I offer a unique experience for those wanting to adventure off the beaten tourist track into Tropical Far North Queensland World Heritage Rainforest. Just 30 minutes west of Port Douglas, I specialise in making and teaching beautiful functional ceramics. I host ceramics classes from my home studio 2 days a week to locals and tourists wanting to create something of their own in a relaxing environment.

We welcome families and individuals keen to join a small, relaxed group of like-minded people for the day. We supply all the materials and tools you’ll need for the class and I’ll take you through the process of creating your own piece to the final stages of painting and glazing, no previous experience necessary. Coffee is provided along with morning tea and lunch with a glass of wine.

What to bring

Wear comfortable clothes
Light long sleeve top as the temperature is cooler
Water bottle

What we supply

All materials for the day including clay and tools
Aprons
Morning tea
Coffee and tea
Lunch with a glass of wine
Coffee and cake
Good times and environment

For your convenience, we’ll package and post your work to your home to save you the hassle of transportation. This also gives your work time to dry naturally before firing as this can take up to four weeks, however postage is an extra cost. There is an option to paint a previously made ceramic piece if you’d prefer to leave with something on the day.

We also have a welcoming party of friendly dogs, cats, peacocks, geese, horses and chooks.

Availability

  • WhatOne Day Ceramics Workshop
  • Cost$165.00 per workshop
  • WhenThursdays
  • Time9:30am — 3:00pm
  • Duration6 hours
  • PlacesLimited to 6
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More about Nori

I have always loved working with my hands. From studying in Adelaide in the late 70’s to completing a Diploma in Ceramics in Darwin, my dream of finding and developing my creative side has come to life – and that joy has stayed with me all these years.

My husband David and I moved to Cairns in the late 80’s and bought a renovator’s delight that we fixed up together. Even then, there wasn’t a day where my hands didn’t touch clay. I would put my baby in our Baby Bjorn and I would pot night and day.

I set up eight potting wheels in our downstairs studio and I began to teach ceramics. People came to learn throwing and sculpting.

I started making tiles after a student inquired, which sent me down a new commercial path.

After I had spent quite a while perfecting this skill I was commissioned $45,000 to make tiles, fountains, light fittings and an assortment of other ceramics for a restaurant interior, all required in three months! The time pressure was enormous. My prior training flew out the window. Clay should be dried slowly under plastic. Instead,

I turned my downstairs bathroom into a drying room – I blocked up all the entries, turned on my air heater, laid out fridge racks, and hung tiles from any place I could.

Those three months were spent making fixtures, drying others, delivering more, then coming home to start all again with another lot.

This was an exciting time because it opened up a whole new industry for me in commercial work with interior designers and developers. I worked on an adobe style renovation in Port Douglas and made insert tiles and lanterns. I was blessed to be able to explore the style and have a level of creative license that many people aren’t afforded. I remember this job so fondly.

But I eventually got to a point that I needed a break from working commercial jobs with strict deadlines and with four young kids!

We found this beautiful property here at Julatten. In the heart of the rainforest with no neighbours in sight and a host of animal visitors, we had found our gold nugget.

In Cairns, we were woken by traffic. Here, the peacocks greeted us. We took what essentially were two corrugated iron walls and a roof, and turned it into a beautiful home. In the first days the kids had their beds in a row, pythons lived in the ceiling and rats ran past out of the corner my eye.

David laid every brick, and I worked on walls, shelves – you name it. I concreted the kitchen, at times I was in tears mixing concrete for it to just run away and I had to start again. We built the whole house this way.

We found people along the way who helped us. We built the house to code, but we had creative reign and we loved it.

Our beautiful home is full of found objects and unique styling – perfect for our family.

Building the home kept me quite busy and I hadn’t touched my pottery. It wasn’t until a trip to Spain in 2007 that I was reignited with my passion. Walking around, looking at beautiful Barcelona, and seeing people slow down to appreciate their surroundings – this is what life is all about! I felt refreshed and I came home with a new energy. I began to start ceramics again – I was home.

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