Beginner’s Handbuilding – Saturdays 11:00am-1:30pm

6 x 2.5 hour sessions

$470 per person


Each Beginner’s Handbuilding class will have a maximum of 10 participants.


Class Dates: Saturdays 6th August – 10th September 11:00am-1:30pm


Tutor: Claire Ellis


Please take the time to read through our Terms and Conditions before making your booking.

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Learn the ancient techniques of handbuilding with an experienced tutor.


In this six week course (one 2.5 hour class per week) you will learn the the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building.

Using these techniques students will create a range of forms, varying from functional ware to sculptural forms, and experiment with a range of techniques to explore texture and surface decoration. This course is an ideal introduction to experimenting with various handbuilding techniques and is ideal for beginners with no previous experience is required. Each class will have a maximum of 10 students. At the completion of the course students will have their own decorated and glazed work to take home and use.

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay, use of tools, firing, and all materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products should you wish to explore further, and staff are always happy to help guide you.

Please bring along your own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.


Course Guide

Week 1 – Pinching and coiling techniques

Week 2 – Press Moulded Vessels & Exploration of Surface Texture and Relief Work

Week 3 – Slab Building

Week 4 – Independent Project Work

Week 5 – Decorating Techniques: Underglazes & Tissue Transfers

Week 6 – Ceramics 101 with Ray Laurens and Dip Glazing & Decoration

After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.


About Your Tutor Claire Ellis

Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist and designer based in Naarm. While working as a chef at one of the world’s best restaurants, Attica, Claire began making tableware for the tasting menu and created a ceramics studio within the restaurant.

Claire’s chef experience influences her work through a focus on raw materials and experimentation. Her research focuses on incorporating transformed waste materials into her work including glass, plastic, eggshells, ceramic sink trap waste and broken ceramics.

Claire left Attica to focus on ceramics full time in April 2021 and since then she has completed two artist residencies and developed two solo exhibitions, the first was part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Contemporary Festival 2021 and the second is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022. Claire’s work has been selected for group exhibitions in Milan and Paris later this year and it won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo 2022. Claire’s writing has been published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, she presented at the 2022 Slow Clay Tent Talks and she will be speaking on the Material Magic panel at The Australian Ceramics Triennale 2022.


Instagram: @claireellisceramics



I loved both of the courses I’ve completed. Well structured with excellent instructors who are knowledgeable, patient and friendly. Everyone in the classes had a lot of fun and learnt a huge amount. I’ve just enrolled in another one! Can’t wait!

NICK, June 2021


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