Melbourne Clay (formally Mercator Ceramics School) was founded by Ilona Topolcsanyi and Colin Hopkins in 2009 when space became available in the freshly renovated 'hard arts' Mercator building within the rolling grounds of the Abbotsford Convent.


Melbourne Clay celebrates diversity in its selection of teachers all of whom have their own unique approach to making based on many years of knowledge and experience.


Our learning studios have quickly grown into a much visited creative hub where there is always a wheel spinning, a kiln roaring, a glaze being splashed onto a hungry pot or a class full of enthusiastic fledgling potters laughing their way towards mastery.

Visit Cone 11 Ceramics to find out more about Ilona and Colin's professional pottery practice.