Ceramic Garden Totems with Dee Jaeger with Dee Jaeger

Explore several techniques to create a whimsical garden totem from clay in this six-week course at FAC. You will learn to make decorative components to take your totem to whole new heights. This course is intended as springboard for you to dive in and create your own unique, personalised garden sculpture. Build upon ideas to make a statement about your environment and produce something truly unique under the expert tutelage of Dee Jaeger.

Start by learning the tricks and techniques to create a beautiful base, then work your way up, forming different component parts to form your totem. Apply staining and glazing techniques to your piece, then finish off the course by threading your pieces onto a support. Once you've learned the techniques, you can adapt and build upon these ideas to create future garden sculptures of your very own. Suitable for all skill levels, beginner through to advanced – let’s build sky high with clay!


  •  One bag of clay & a firing fee is included in the cost of the course

What to bring:-

  • Notebook & pencils for sketching
  • Apron
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Any clay tools (if you have them)
  • An old towel
  • FAC provides 1 x bag of clay per student, students will be required to purchase further clay if needed
  • Students must wear appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes and tie up long hair for safety reasons

Firing & Glazing:-

  • It is not always possible to fire and glaze all pieces made before the end of your course. The firing of each individual item is dependent on many factors including: – drying time, thickness, size, amount of work, when pieces are finished (i.e., towards the end of term the kilns are extremely full), and whether the pieces require bisque or glaze firing. We do our upmost to fire as much work as possible each week, however, please bear in mind all of the above considerations. Please plan in advance if you would like to glaze in your final week of class.
  • Once fired, work is left on the collection shelves and an email sent out with collection times. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and collect their own work.
  • There are stand-alone glazing courses on offer each term if you would like to come back and finish your work another time.


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit wa.gov.au.

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Tutor Dee Jaeger

Dee Jaeger is a passionate about all aspects of pottery, from the properties of wet clay, to the colours and effects of glazing, to the firing itself.

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