Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

6 x 1.5 hours Class size 3 to 4 label $300

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate level folks wanting to learn how to work with clay from scratch, or to build on their existing skills.

Students will benefit from the small class size (4 max), so beginners and intermediates can all learn something new in each class. Not only will students learn about clay itself and the processes it goes through from being a lump to something fabulous, they will learn a range of hand-building techniques such as slab-building, press-moulding, pinching and coiling; and experiment with decorating and finishes through glazing, grafitto, resist and underglaze colours.

You may have something specific in mind you'd like to make, or no ideas at all. Fear not! We are in a creative space with plenty of ideas and techniques to share. Popular items to make are plates and bowls, jewellery, plant pots, mosquito coil holders and tea light holders...the list goes on.

You will be making for approximately the first 4 weeks of the course, and finishing your decorating and glazing in the remaining weeks. You will have to return to collect your finished pieces in one to two weeks following the course completion.

Offered on Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings, unless you have a group of four ready to go, in which case we can negotiate a time that suits us all.

**THESE WILL BE THE LAST 3 COURSES OFFERED BY CERAMDAMS FOR 2019, so if you'd like to make gifts for Christmas, sign up now!

What you'll get
All tools, materials (clay, glazes, underglazes, resists), firings and tuition.
**10% cash back for students who re-sign with Ceramdams!!

What to bring
Please have short nails and wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Please note the classes are from my outdoor garage, so wear warm clothes in colder conditions.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 6 consecutive weeks, at the same time each week.


Croydon, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher

Design background, specialising in hand building ceramics. 25+ years in adult education.

4.8 (4)

My life has taken many turns, but I always come back to clay. I graduated in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Design, majoring in ceramics, from Staffordshire Polytechnic UK in the heart of the pottery industry. I made ceramic furniture for my degree show and exhibited in London shortly after at 'Young Designer of the Year'. I started teaching adults in 1992 as an English as a Second Language teacher, and have taught a range of subjects to adults ever since, many of them craft based. My first professional ceramics gig was in the late 90's working with Malcolm Greenwood, an immensely skilled production potter in Mosman NSW, and after that, I taught ceramics through Sydney Secondary College to people with severe mental illness. The course I designed and delivered won the 'course of the year' award, and one of my students won the 'Adult Learner of the Year'. This ignited a passion for me to work in mental health and I went back to uni to become an occupational therapist. Being able to put my creative passion and skills together with occupational therapy and my many years of teaching experience is like a gift to me. I feel like the luckiest person around when I do all three things at once! Doing creative pursuits helps people re-calibrate, get grounded, and switch off from all the buzz that goes on in their heads. We all know that feeling! Clay itself, being from the earth, is an especially therapeutic material to work with. I would love to share my creative streak with you and teach you clay hand building techniques such as slabbing, press-moulding, pinching and coiling; and decorating techniques with glazes, underglaze colours, resist and sgrafitto.

Verified reviews

Julie Graham • Oct 2019

This is now my third series of classes and the fun continues. In the first two series it was all about the construction and techniques. I am now adding colour to my many and varied pieces and I can’t wait to see how they turn out once they’re fired. Libby, as always happily shares her knowledge and years of experience. I have sanded and prepared my forest of Christmas trees and have stared to learn about the different glazes and finishes. They don’t look too exciting now, but I’m sure the finished forest will look amazing. Can’t wait to start on my other pieces.

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses review by Julie Graham

Yvette Levy • Oct 2019

Libby is an easy going and thoughtful teacher. Everything was provided for and many tools to choose from. The venue was in the garage, a good sunny place to be and time flew by . I am long forward to our next gathering and great cup of tea.

Julie Graham • Jul 2019

I loved this class so much I have resigned for another 6 weeks. I enjoy the ‘let’s give it a go’ attitude Libby has, whenever I come up with a new idea. Libby is fun, talented and encouraging. This term started by learning how to produce multiple slabs all at the same time. This makes the design and construction process so much quicker. I’m currently making Christmas Trees in a variety of different designs, using these pre made slabs. I have so many different projects going that I’m going to need another 6 weeks to get them all glazed. Can’t wait

Pottery workshop review by Julie Graham

Julie Graham • May 2019

Thanks Libby. I had a wonderful time at my first class last night. There is something very soothing about using clay. You have a great knowledge of ceramics and your say, show and do method of teaching meant I was able to pick up the skills for Press Moulding really quickly. I can’t wait to see how the dishes I made look next week. I’m really excited to see what new skills you have planned for lesson 2.

Pottery workshop review by Julie Graham Sydney
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