Clay Sculpture Class: Build an Elephant Planter

Make an elephant planter from clay in the Adelaide Hills

4 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 6 to 10

label $165 (or 4 payments of $41.25 Afterpay)

Looking for relaxing things to do in the Adelaide Hills? Join experienced potter and teacher Alison Arnold, and learn how to build your very own adorable elephant planter!

Elephants are often revered as a symbol of good luck, prosperity and remover of obstacles, as well as strength, power, wisdom, memory.

Your elephant sculpture will have the strength to carry a planter or bowl for precious treasures on his back.

In this four-hour class, you will sculpt your own elephant figure using a coarse-textured sculpting clay as well as a bowl for him to carry. You will then have the opportunity to decorate the figure using the sgraffito technique.

Pottery making is a mindful activity and you'll soon be immersed in the process as you bring your special creation to life! Plus, you'll get to cherish your gorgeous creation for many moons to come (pickup is available three to four weeks after the class).

Knowledge required
Ideal for beginners.
What you'll get
  • Expert tuition with an experienced potter.
  • All clay and materials to hand build your own 25cm sculpture.
  • Firing and glazing of your ceramics (which will be ready to collect three to four weeks after the class).
What to bring
Wear some comfy clothes that you don't mind getting messy in.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

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

Red Bird Studio Art is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Red Bird Studio - 6 Deneland Drive, Hawthorndene SA

Your teacher
Red Bird Studio Art
Red Bird Studio Art

4.9 (74)

Alison is a full-time studio potter and teacher living in the Adelaide Hills. She has been making pots for over 30 years but clay has been a part of her life from early childhood. Memories include hands in the sticky red ‘Murram’ mud in Kenya where she spent several years as a child, and at high school in the UK creating elaborate sculptural animals and Celtic inspired coil pots.

Alison began formal studies as soon as she came to live in Australia in 1999 gaining a BA at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. She then took up a place on the associate training scheme at the JamFactory in Adelaide and continued as a studio tenant. Before setting up her own studio she took up further study at the University of South Australia obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management.

Alison has built up an extensive library of forming and decorating techniques and enjoys sharing these with students as well as using them to make and decorate pots from the functional to the whimsical. Drinking vessels, bowls, kitchenware are thrown on the wheel with practical simplicity or delicately formed by hand into ultra-fine porcelain objects. She relishes every part of the process of making from design stage and consideration of form and function to indulging in the elaborate, highly decorated whimsy of exhibition pieces.

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Kathryn O'Halloran May 2022

teacher was great just a bit rushed at the end however she let us finish loved it want to learn more

Emma Rhys May 2022

A great class. Everyones Elephant Pots looked fabulous. The pace and direction during the class was perfect for all.

Carly Ritchie May 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great teacher, really enjoyed the class and made an adorable elephant. Small class size, good range of equipment.

Angelina Rossi Nov 2021

Alli was a great teacher. The venue was relaxing and full of inspiration.
Would definitely recommend this class.

Julie Rawsthorne Nov 2021

Very enjoyable class. Ali was a great teacher and the workshop was well paced. A lovely way to spend a few hours.

Ingrid Bijl Oct 2021

The teacher was very helpful, informative and relaxed. Class size was good. Enjoyable day. Teacher explained things well and easy to understand

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Jane Gibbs Oct 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Ali is such a warm and nurturing teacher. The classes are fun. Everything is so well organised. The environment is a joy to be in. Very relaxing
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