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TAFE NSW supports ceramic arts revival


TAFE NSW supports ceramic arts revival

Ceramics by Michelle Bulloch

TAFE NSW is skilling ceramic artists to be more than hobbyists, after a COVID-19 induced craft surge led to an increased interest in ceramics courses at TAFE NSW. 

Reports of overwhelming demand at pottery studios, waiting lists and low stock levels point to the fact that pottery is experiencing a global revival partly caused by COVID-19, seeing many people return to craft-making to pass time[1].

Moss Vale local Michelle Bulloch had a burgeoning interest in ceramics and was seeking to learn more about the craft and acquire new skills.

“I was looking to learn more about ceramics and was living in Kogarah at the time. While searching for classes I discovered that TAFE NSW Gymea had a range of courses available with flexible study options so I could learn whilst working full time,” Michelle said.

“I’ve learned so many great skills and have developed a real passion for ceramics that has led me to pursue a career in ceramics part-time, with the desire to one day make it my full time profession.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW Gymea Leanne Foster said there was something about the physicality and mindfulness of ceramics-making that was leading to a genuine revival in the industry.

“Ceramics requires students to set aside ample time and follow specific techniques to create their works. It’s a tactile and soothing experience in an increasingly digital world which I think is one of the reasons it’s experiencing such increased popularity,” Leanne said.

“The Diploma of Ceramics allows students to gain the skills to work in their own practice or in organisations that design and produce ceramic objects, such as specialist tile manufacturers or makers of landscape and gardening items.”

Michelle Bulloch has now completed the Diploma of Ceramics and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Ceramics) at TAFE NSW Gymea and is a Finalists in the National Emerging Art Prize.

“The facilities at TAFE NSW are second to none with the tools, materials and dedicated staff to help you to achieve your goals in the ceramics industry, whether that’s to enjoy it as a hobby or pursue it as a professional career,” Michelle said.

To learn more about the range of visual arts and ceramics courses available at TAFE NSW head to or phone 131 601.   

Media contact: Alice Dalley, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, mobile 0402 528 210.