Clay Sculpture Class: Build an Elephant Planter

Make an elephant planter from clay in the Adelaide Hills

Red Bird Studio Art

Red Bird Studio Art

4.9 (35)

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

label $159 (or 4 payments of $40 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 a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

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

Red Bird Studio Art has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.


Red Bird Studio - 6 Deneland Drive, Hawthorndene SA

Your teacher
Red Bird Studio Art
Red Bird Studio Art

4.9 (35)

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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