Beginner's Ceramics Class

Beginner's Ceramics Class

Learn hand building with clay at this six week course



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



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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 Saturday afternoons, unless you have a group of four ready to go, in which case we can negotiate a time that suits us all.

shopping_basket What you'll get

All tools, materials (clay, glazes, underglazes, resists), firings and tuition.

build 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.

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This class series runs for 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.



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

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.

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