Beginner’s Handbuilding – Wednesdays 6:00-8:30pm

6 x 2.5 hour sessions

$470 per person


Class Dates: Wednesdays 24th July – 28th August 6:00-8:30pm


Tutor: Ellen Thomas


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 you will learn the the fundamental hand building skills of pinching, coiling and slab building.

Using these techniques you will create a range of forms, varying from functional ware to sculptural, and experiment with techniques to explore texture and surface decoration. This course is an ideal introduction to experimenting with various handbuilding techniques, and 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.

**Accessibility Note: This class is held in our upstairs studio which is only accessible by two flights of stairs. If this poses and issue or your have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch (03) 9387 3911 or . We may be able to move the session location depending on scheduling.


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.




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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