Beginners Clay Hand-building Course

Learn to make and glaze ceramics in this two-part pottery course!

2 x 2.5 hours Class size 1 to 5     label $250

In this workshop series, you’ll learn the basics of ceramic hand-building and simple glaze and colour design.

This class is ideal for beginners with little or no experience, or anyone interested in learning the technical skills involved in making ceramics by hand. There are two sessions in total, held across a fortnight on Saturday. All your materials, tools and clay firing will be provided, along with tea and light refreshments as we learn and create together!

Session 1: Hand-building Basics
This session begins with an introduction to clay followed by a live art demonstration of two foundational hand-building techniques: Pinched Pottery and Coil Construction. We use these techniques to create everyday, functional objects without the need for a pottery wheel – such as teacups, small mugs, spoons and trinket dishes! Participants will have total freedom to make their own individual pieces, and simple tools for incorporating texture will be introduced. There are no limits to what we can make with clay, so let’s get our hands dirty! This session is two-and-a-half hours.

Session 2: Glaze and Colour
After the first session, participants will return for an opportunity to glaze and colour their work. We’ll learn how to combine basic glazes and coloured underglazes to achieve different decorative effects. This will add the finishing touches to your pieces and personalise them! Glazing and colouring are exciting parts of the handmade process that will deepen your appreciation of ceramics. This session is two hours.

Important information:

  • Please note session one is 2.5 hours and session two is 2 hours long.
  • Collecting your work – your clay creations will be fired after our last session, ready to collect in approximately two to four weeks from our studio. We can also organise the delivery for an additional fee.
  • Workshop size – we run small group workshops of up to five participants to allow greater individual attention and a personalised experience. Please note a minimum of two participants is required per workshop. In the unlikely event a class is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we'll let you know via email straight away.
  • Studio photos – our studio is at 1 Fiona Court, St Kilda. This is a different studio to the one shown in the photos, but just as beautiful! The exact same workshop content will be delivered.
  • Keeping safe – we are following DHHS guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19: (1) Provision of hand sanitisers and soaps; (2) Provision of extra tools to reduce sharing; (3) Thorough disinfecting of surfaces and tools between sessions.
  • Important note on accessibility: Our studio is located on the 3rd floor which is only accessible by stairs.

Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly, no prior experience required. All are welcome!
What you'll get
  • Ceramic pieces that you make during the workshop
  • Tea and light refreshments
  • Guidance and support from an experienced ceramic artist
  • Price includes two workshop sessions, all materials, tools and firing costs
What to bring
  • An apron or old shirt you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Fun and enthusiasm!
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive sessions, which are 2 weeks apart.


1 Fiona Court, St Kilda VIC

Your teacher
Everyday Clay
Everyday Clay

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Amanda Reishi is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist and studio founder of Everyday Clay. Her design style is inspired by simple, fun and playful things in life, and focuses on creating bold pieces for everyday living while preserving natural qualities of clay. Hand-building is her primary method of making, as she enjoys the flexibility and control it affords. She draws heavily on techniques of pinch pottery, slab construction and ceramic inlay to create visually stunning patterns and textures.

Amanda has sold works within Australia and overseas. Trained in education and psychology, she is also very much a people person with a big heart for sharing and teaching. Amanda has taught workshops in higher education and broader community contexts, and looks forward to welcoming you into her studio for a class!

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