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Lending a hand in the Art Department


She’s faced breast cancer and being told she has just two years to live.

She’s uprooted her young family to move closer to support, left behind a successful career and a supportive friendship group.

But, Zore Scholz is determined to find her community in Newcastle… and she’ll do that by sharing her passion for creating.

We need to get back to using our hands to create.

Zore Scholz

The owner of The Art Department, the region’s newest creative hub, says working with her hands to create art has been an important part of her healing process.

“It’s what has kept me going during the tough times,” she says. 

“And, I think it’s something that everyone can benefit from. 

“We need to get back to using our hands to create.” 

Zore runs clay classes and workshops from her creative studio on King Street. 

The Art Department

The experienced ceramicist, who has a degree in fine arts from the University of Newcastle, and has been honing her skills for more than 16 years, is keen to share her learning with others. 

The mother-of-two, who also has a career in advertising that spans more two decades, hosts regular classes for children, as well as Clay and Sip classes for those wanting to try the artform by creating a non-fired piece, and six-to-eight-week workshops for those ‘more serious’ about the craft. 

Her vision for the address also includes wheel throwing and hand building sessions. 

The Art Department, named to pay homage to the University’s creative space, offers local artists an outlet to display their works, something Zore is passionate about. 

clay classes
The Art Department
art studio

To find out more or to book a class or workshop visit 

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