Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot

Learn how to transform a block of clay into a teapot!

2.5 hours Class size 4 to 15

label $129 - $149 (or 4 payments of $32.25 - $37.25 Afterpay)
($149 per guest when you book for 4 guests, $139 for 5 guests, $129 for 6+ guests)

Looking for fun things to do in Sydney? Transform a block of clay into a teapot that you can show off to your friends at your next tea party!

In this practical Sydney class, you will learn hands-on techniques such as pinching and coiling to create your own unique teapot. Take some time for yourself, in the tranquil and scenic surrounds of Bundeena, as a form of art therapy.

You'll get to keep your fully functional teapot - something to treasure for years or even generations to come! You'll also get to apply your personal touch, such as choosing a glaze colour. And don't worry, your teapot will be 100 per cent food safe and suitable for tea brewing.

Here are just a few things we'll cover:

  • An overview of different clay types and their uses.
  • Hand-building techniques for shaping clay.
  • Assembling different clay components.
  • How and why are ceramics glazed and fired.

At the end of the class, you'll choose colours for your teapot, which will stay on-site to dry, be glazed and fired twice. You'll be informed when the pieces are ready for pick-up (alternatively shipping can be arranged for an additional fee).

Make a day of it while you're here - visit one of Bundeena's pristine beaches or do a bushwalk.

This class is regularly scheduled on weekends at 10 am via the 'Book' option. If you would like to book on a weekday, please use the 'Request Private Class’ option on this page (under Booking Options).

We are also next door to the Bundeena Community Services Club which offers a full lunch menu with water views should you decide to lunch in Bundeena before or after the class.

Knowledge required
No previous knowledge or pottery experience is required for this workshop.
What you'll get
  • All instruction, tools and materials, as well as glazing and firing of pieces made.
  • Your handmade fully-functional teapot to keep (pick-up once fired and glazed or shipping for an extra cost).
What to bring
Aprons are supplied but please wear comfortable and casual clothing that you won’t mind possibly getting clay on.
Suitable for

This class is great for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Something at Mary's, Mary Street, Bundeena NSW

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot location
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Something At Mary's Pottery Classes
Something At Mary's Pottery Classes

Over a decade of experience teaching thousands of students

4.9 (119)

With a background in art therapy our philosophy on teaching pottery is that it should be fun and easy so you can expect lots of humour and laughter at one of our sessions.

We've been teaching pottery for more than a decade and have had television appearances on both Channels 7 & 9.

We're a member of the acclaimed Bundeena Maianbar Art Trail which features many well known artists including Archibald winners.

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James Pham Jun 2022

Lovely place and lovely people that has taught us how to work with clay to make our very own tea pots. Very good first time that makes me want to try more thing

Alice Nguyen Oct 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I did this class with a friend and it was enjoyable. We got to chose the style of the pot, colour and design of it all. We unfortunately weren't able to heat it up or see that process as that would've taken longer, but Mary explained she would do it.

We collected it once it was all done and were super happy with the result. Really good experience to get to know how to mould clay with your hands only.

Catherine Lee Apr 2021

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 23 reviews

Great value for money, and each tea pot is so unique and functional! I can't wait to pick them up after they have been fired!
Grear class to do with a group of friends, Marion is fun and energetic
Suitable for all ability levels

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Catherine Lee - Sydney

Brian Mar 2021

It was a great class. Just enough students to make it more intimate and fun.

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Brian  - Sydney

Dmitry Akimov Mar 2021

It was great. Good friendly teacher, very attentive. provided all the tools needed, even for the special requests as well. Clay clay clay

Tulin Sayah Mar 2021

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 22 reviews

What a fun morning to create a masterpiece. Took my husband to create a teapot - and we were left in awe of what a great Morning we had. Maryanne - was very helpful and made sure everyones' needs were catered for to create something wonderful whilst learning and creating and bonding at the same time

Pottery class review by Tulin Sayah - Sydney

Christian Thomas Feb 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Great class, lots of fun with a great teacher. Would really recommend doing this class

Carolyn Pieri Feb 2021

Very enjoyable class and all the teapots looked great. Would recommend this class to anyone. Definitely beginner friendly.

Jasmin Lin Jan 2021

60 ClassBento workshops attended • 60 reviews

So much fun, teacher was knowledgeable , lovely and patient, and now I have a wonderful teapot. Also, gave wonderful advise about the local area. Thank you.

Vanessa Wong Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lots of fun! Great teacher - Super helpful. Can’t wait to pick up my teapot!

Leah Crosariol Nov 2020

Amazing day out. Wouldn't change a thing. The two ladies helping us make our teapots were absolutely awesome. They were lovely, patient and a good laugh. I would highly recommend this to anyone one :)

Pottery class review by Leah Crosariol - Sydney

Carmen Mar 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I was surprised that the class was held outdoors which was great. Marian's instructions were simple and easy to follow. She kept us engaged with a good flow of conversations whilst helping each of us as we make our teapots. It was overall a very enjoyable workshop.

Emily Mar 2020

I had so much fun, I learnt a new skill and had great company including with a chirpy pup, Abbey and Marion the lovely host.

Suzanne Sivieng Mar 2020

I organised a mother daughter day with my friend Carmen who brought her daughter as well. We had a wonderful teapot making private class with Marion our teacher.
It was a nice day and she had set up the class outside in the garden. The class ran at a good pace and we developed some pottery skills and was able to spend quality time with our daughters. The teapots we made turned out to be unique and interesting which makes great souvenir as a reminder of the fun day it was. It was a lovely afternoon ~ Suzanne

Pottery class review by Suzanne Sivieng - Sydney

Kevin O'Gorman Feb 2020

Marian is a great teacher with a relaxed style that makes the creative process of pottery making easy for newbies

Jeanette Grinham Jan 2020

Marion is a lovely teacher, who encouraged us through the process of making a teapot. The techniques and skills needed were simple, and effective. Looking forward to seeing my fired and glazed teapot.

Amanda Bisson Jan 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

It was a small class so you got plenary of help, teacher was helpful and experienced. Tea pot turned out great!

Pottery class review by Amanda Bisson - Sydney

Justina Challita Jan 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What an awesome class! Can’t wait to pick up our glazed teapots! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, thanks Marion!

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Justina Challita - Sydney

Christine Huynh Sep 2019

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Spent a wonderful morning making teapots! We chose and made the base, attached the handles and the spout. We also created a design on the lids. Excited to pick up the finished and glazed product. Great day!

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Christine Huynh - Sydney

Stephanie Bird Sep 2019

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

A lovely and productive morning creating our own teapots. Marion is a warm and enthusiastic teacher who knows her craft and is delighted to pass on her knowledge. I would recommend this workshop to everyone.

Heather Knott Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a wonderful experience, Marion was a charming host and I am particularly fond of the little elephant lid she made me. I highly recommend this course. I can't wait to see the final product.

Pottery class review by Heather Knott - Sydney

Jazzie Quinn Aug 2019

This class was really engaging and great value for money. I had a great time and the teacher was well prepared and clearly had a lot of experience. We had a great time and had a lot of laughs while we were at it! Would highly recommend!

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Jazzie Quinn - Sydney

Michelle Lin Jul 2019

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

I went with 2 other friends and had an overall great time playing around with clay. There was a super cute, super sweet doggo and the location was quite a drive but scenic and unique - felt like it was part of the whole experience.

Samuel Bridger Mar 2019

Extremely inviting and highly enjoyable, had an excellent time and was able to make to be beautiful teapot.

Liz Dalgleish Feb 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We had such a lovely time making our teapots. The class size was small enough to feel like you were getting 1 on 1 care. Beautful outdoor venue and lovely teacher. Would definitely recommend!

Teresa Bu Jan 2019

Marion is fabulous and patient! There was a lot of fun during the class and everyone enjoyed it very much!

Michelle McGoldrick Jan 2019

This was a great class! Marion is kind and hands-on. Giving you creative control but, assisting you when needed so that the end result is 10/10!

Would definitely recommend!

James Bridgman Jan 2019

11/10. Marion was lovely. She even waited to start after we rang to say we’d be late. She keeps her class sizes small (~4-5, ours was 3) which is great; you get to know everyone and can actually have a chat. She let us pick any design, and eloped is through it even if they were outlandish. She also doesn’t rush you which is nice. It was very relaxing. Marion first showed us what to do, then let us do the rest of it ourselves, step by step. About 2.5 hours of fun, education, and relaxation - totally worth it. You even get a teapot out of it!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Lisa McConnell Jan 2019

I loved this class! The teacher was wonderful, it was easier than I thought, it was a fun and relaxing way to spend a morning. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Pottery class review by Lisa McConnell - Sydney

Shichao Luo Jan 2019

3 ClassBento workshops attended

A very lovely experience :) Teacher is very helpful and willing to help completing my crazy design. Definitely will go again.

Maxine Henderson Dec 2018

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a lovely way to start off our Christmas break. We all left buzzing, cannot wait to see our final teapots. Reccomend to anyone who like fun.

Tiarne Dec 2018

So much fun making a teapot with my friend for her birthday. Teacher was friendly, and we had a good bunch of ladies to do the class with.

Benjamin Congiusta Nov 2018

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something like this.

Ellen Macdonald Nov 2018

Marion was great to work with and really fun to talk to. Had a great time with the other students making our teapots. I made mine as a gift to a friend and really looking forward to how it turns out. Marion was super helpful with shipping to my friend since I live abroad. Definitely recommended. I had not done much pottery before attending and I think it turned out pretty well. I had a lovely hike and swim around Bundeena afterwards so it was great to make a day of it. Can't recommend more :)

Pottery class review by Ellen Macdonald - Sydney

Pieter O'Hearn Nov 2018

Marianne was a great friendly teacher and very patient with us. Bundeena was beautiful and we went for a swim and a bush walk after the class. The pots turn out amazing even with not slot of skill at all.

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Pieter O'Hearn - Sydney

Jane Rees Nov 2018

Great experience, lots of fun and great teacher. Nice location too. Looking forward to receiving the final product :)

Jessica Partridge Nov 2018

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This was a great value for money class, everything you needed was provided, Marion has superb knowledge and she is funny and friendly, I highly recommend any of her classes.

Julian Seeto Oct 2018

Marion is a fantastic and helpful teacher, catering to all experience levels and ensuring everyone had a great time. Great venue in a cosy studio so all supplies and equipment are provided. Thanks again!

Karen Oneill Oct 2018

Marion was a great and helpful instructor. We made a teapot and they all turned out fantastic.
It was a wonderful day and highly recommended. I am going to go back for the wheel throwing next time. Tks Marion

Pottery class review by Karen Oneill - Sydney

Ron Gordon Oct 2018

Very efficient - the three hours passed very quickly and Marian was happy to oblige my quirky artistic temperament with professionalism.

Andrew Stephen Sep 2018

We attended the Make Your Own Teapot. It was a lot of fun and can't believe we managed to complete our own pot in such a short amount of time. Marion was very knowledgeable, she helped us make our vision for our teapot by suggesting different ways to do things.
Our 8 year old was extremely please with her creation and can't wait to get them back.
Marion is such a pleasant teacher, it is definitely worth the money you pay for :)

Amardeep Gill Sep 2018

Mary was patient and lovely. A group of four of us did the class together and we all loved it and were rather pleasantly surprised at the end outcomes! We're excited to get the finished products in a few weeks and now want to do more activities like this together!

Pottery class review by Amardeep Gill - Sydney

Catherine Pham Sep 2018

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We made very cute teapots and the dog Abbey was adorable!

Nathan Hawkins Aug 2018

Loved this class. Purchased as a birthday activity to do with my partner and we loved every bit of it. The teacher was an excellent, down to earth instructor with great humour. Highly recommend this class.

Clay Hand Building Class: Make a Teapot review by Nathan Hawkins - Sydney

Estelle Ziegelaar Jul 2018

I enjoyed class. Teacher friendly n knowledgable. Very happy with teapot! Small class (5) worked very well.
Thank you

Sarah Owens Jul 2018

Incredible to be able to make a teapot from start to finish, personalised as I liked. Venue was great, Marion fantastic and class very interesting. 100% recommend.

Scarlet Jun 2018

The teacher was really sweet and made sure that all of us were able to walk away with teapots that were not only what we wanted but also practical. It was nice and warm inside the studio (a good winter activity!) and the class was not too big so the teacher was able to come around to each of us to help us.

Kristina Curtis Jun 2018

I loved my teapot making class. Great value!

Marion was very helpful.

I can't wait to see the finished product.

I would recommend this class to anyone.

Great fun!

Rhys McInerney Jun 2018

Great day had by my girlfriend and I. Maryanne was humourous, friendly and informative. Great day for first timers.

Clare Iarandine Jun 2018

Well guided. Beautiful location. I came out amazed what we all achieved.

Anna Ly Jun 2018

Such a lovely and intimate experience creating teapots at Something At Mary's. It is situated in a beautiful location and would highly recommend this experience for couples and friend groups.

Dimitra Papavassiliou Apr 2018

Great fun! Teacher was very informative and lovely home environment.

Samuel Mar 2018

Really fun! We didnt know anything about pottery and made some fun designs. The teacher was great at giving us ideas at what was possible and what doesnt work so well, then let us make our own design.
The pace was great- not too fast not too slow. The price is high compared to the movies or dinner, but there is painting and firing that happens after you finish so take that into account. Its a great special occasion or occasional activity.
Nice little garage full of pottery to look at and copy, and i got a cup of tea included which was nice.
I would defs go back again

Pottery class review by Samuel - Sydney

Fionna Oct 2017

Fun and interactive workshop. Marion was very accomodating. Would be nice if we could choose more colours/mix colours.

George Oct 2017

Mary-an was a really patient and informative. She was also very generous and made us feel right at home! Making the teapot was also really fun and therapeutic. The studio is also very close to the beach.

Hi Mary, I would like to attend your teapot making class with a friend but she is 7 months pregnant right now. Do you think her belly would get in the way? I just want to make sure she would be comfortable doing these classes.

I've had pregnant students in the past including one who was at least 6 months. If your friend can comfortably sit over a table then she should be fine.

How long is it between making the teapot and drying and firing it?

After you make the teapot on the day it is left at the studio to be air dried, glazed and kiln fired twice. The process takes about four weeks and you will be notified once the teapot is ready. It can be posted to you (extra charge may apply for this).

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