Gallery Hours Fri - Sun  11am - 5pm

Our History

Our History

Our History

Membership & Services

To apply for membership you must complete a Newcastle Studio Potters membership form (see below) and have it signed by two current members. Return the form to the secretary. You will be contacted when your application has been processed by our committee.


Our  Members newsletter is published monthly and is included in membership. The newsletter contains informative topics including updates and reminders on exhibitions, workshops, open meetings, special events and functions as well as interesting information regarding artists & their work.


Workshop Access

The large workshop is equipped with 5 work tables, 5 wheels, a slab roller and an extruder. There are 6 kilns for hire with Harco controllers attached. The workshop is available for members’ use.


To use the workshop, members need to have had training in clay work, a workshop induction and be prepared to follow the set of rules on display. New members must attend supervised access for 4 sessions before being offered Workshop Induction, WHS Induction and Kiln Firing Induction.

A fee is charged per session. Newcastle Studio Potters Inc. regularly runs day and weekend workshops and specialist classes by eminent ceramic artists.

Join a class

Learn how to throw pots on the wheel and the many aspects of hand building


Anne Gazzard

Time: 10am - 1pm

Phone: 0413992213

Please contact the class teacher.

Sue Stewart

4957 6589





Newcastle Studio Potters was formed in 1969. It was formed by a group of students studying ceramics at Newcastle TAFE as a sub group of the Sydney based Ceramic Study Group. The group soon decided to become more local so left the SCG and became part of the Workers Educational Association in Newcastle. Due to increasing numbers of students and the need for more facilities NSP decided to look for their own facilities. 'Backs Butcher Shop' in Bull Street, Cook Hill was chosen as it was centrally located and close to other galleries. The group purchased the old butcher’s shop in 1973. The building was in a rather dilapidated state so exhibitions were held at various locations. In 1992 the front room became a dedicated exhibition space for ceramics.  The name 'Back to Back Galleries' was derived from the original name of the butcher shop 'Backs Butcher Shop' and is very relevant because the exhibiting gallery at the front leads straight into the The Gallery Shop at the rear.

The group became an incorporated association in 1987.

One day “Beginning with Clay Workshop “on Sun 21st Jan, starting at 9.30 am and going to 4.00 pm.


Participants will learn the basic principles of working with clay by hand and will make and decorate a cup, plate and bowl.


These will be glazed and fired, to be collected at a later date. The cost of this workshop will be $85 (including materials and firings. Morning tea will be supplied. Limit 6-10 participants. Contact Anne Gazzard:

Open to beginners and experienced potters. Work on the wheel or handbuilding


Nicola Purcell

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Phone: 49579501

There is currently a waiting list for places in our classes. Please contact individual tutors below to enquire.

Learn how to throw pots on the wheel and the many aspects of hand building


Kara Wood

Time: 6pm - 9pm

0478 526 132

For any more information go to our contacts pages and email us your questions.