DIY Clay Hand Built Bowls and Plates

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make hand-built ceramics to enjoy at home

1 hour Class size 1 to 10 (public dates), 1 to 100

label $69 - $99 ($99 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, $89 for 4+ guests, $79 for 10+ guests, $69 for 20+ guests)

How it works
Book or Request your preferred time
We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Details   
Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide. International shipping is also available for private groups, please enquire for pricing details.
Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the class. Details   

During the class, you can ask questions and get feedback.

Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

Learn hand-building pottery techniques (no wheel required) in this fun and relaxing live streaming class!

In this live online class, your experienced teacher will demonstrate how to make plates, bowls or platters with amazing textures. With just a few hacks you will be able to make these perfectly decorative pottery pieces for your own home. The basic principles are the same for all three, and you can choose which one to complete in the class.

The live classes are run with a limited number of people so that everyone gets a chance to ask questions and so that your teacher can provide personalised tips and tricks on how to build shape and texture.

You will build one shape in this class and learn a bunch of things about sculpting, glazing and firing ceramics. After you make your clay art piece, you will need to leave it to dry for a few days (time depends on its thickness and weather conditions) and the next steps are firing and glazing the piece.

You can book into a glazing class after this hand-building ceramics class, but your teacher will also instruct you if you want to continue your artistic endeavours on your own.

It is a great idea to get in touch with the teacher prior to class to advise what style/pattern you like so that we can customise a perfect craft box for you.

You have an option to work with two clays: air drying clay and natural clay that fires in ceramic kilns and makes perfect tableware.

Air drying clay's advantage is that no firing is necessary and you get to see the final result straight away. It gets quite solid and can hold fruits and knick-knacks. The disadvantage is that it will never be as sturdy and resilient as kiln-fired clay and also can not be glazed, but you can apply acrylic paint. These can be water-resistant if sealed with a commercial water sealant but are not suitable for functional ware.

All of Irina's pieces displayed in the photos above are made out of natural clay and are perfectly functional.

Add-on available for this class
  • Swap natural ( kiln fired) clay for professional grade Air drying Clay + paint for patina and a brush ($15)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
No skills required; beginner-friendly.
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Clay cube suitable for one medium-sized bowl or plate : 650- 700 grams
  • One wooden tool suitable for making your first ceramic piece (you can use some spread knives as well and it's all very easy to wash)
  • One texture sheet (you can also get your own leaves)
  • Sponge for blending slabs and perfecting the surface
What you'll need
  • Leaves or any texture of your preference because real leaves can’t be shipped, as they crumple and break
  • Rolling pin - or any cylinder that can help us flatten the clay
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

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

Your teacher

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Hi, I'm Irina.

I like to introduce myself as a sculptor, although I'm engaged in different art disciplines too. I have never had another profession, nor have I wanted one. I fell in love with three-dimensional art at a very early age which came to me naturally, as I was born in a family of artists. It was the world I've grown up in, a measure of value around me.

I have graduated from Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture, and with a bit of luck, I had a chance to work internationally and gain great experience in different industries and media. Cooperating with professionals from other creative fields has perfectioned my skills and broadened the views of my artistic expression.

I have tried to gather all the projects I am engaged in on this website, showcase it, sell and teach my art. Always open for the new projects with fellow creatives, just get in touch.


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Janine Brundle Sep 2021

I enjoyed doing something very different, and it was well explained and equipment was excellent

Amour Mah Sep 2021

Fun class that i did virtually with my niece. Easy instructions and great kit - lovely instructor.

Pottery workshop review by Amour Mah Sydney

Shirley Reeder Aug 2021

It was great to be in a class where the teacher allowed you a variety of options to create something that is special for you. Thank you!

DIY Clay Hand Built Bowls and Plates review by Shirley Reeder

Michelle Ng Aug 2021

Irina hosted a private zoom party for my sisters bday during lockdown, she was patient and accommodated the different speeds of the group and materials used for the leaf platter. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon and love the results, highly recommend!

Julie Tregarthen Aug 2021

Really enjoyed it. Teacher was able to find a work around since balloons didn’t arrive in kit. I guess the proof will really be when it dries! It was fun!

Yesim Hauer Aug 2021

It was a great class and I really enjoyed. Thanks!

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Helena Ng Aug 2021

Irina was very responsive about shipping queries, patient during our call and was really flexible for our private class. Everyone had a great time. Thank you for allowing us to make it a memorable 40th for my sister.

Virginia Lewis Jul 2021

Excellent class, we'll paced and everything understandable. Would recommend it to anyone, you don't need to have any expertise.

Sofia Fuller-Smith Jul 2021

Really great class! Very organised delivery and heaps of fun. Excited to use my bowl! :)

Frances Bullock Jun 2021

Really good connection on zoom and well explained so I could follow her easily and ask questions

Mirran Wicker May 2021

Great course, was super fun to make :) I'm really happy with the bowl I made.

Jessica Clements Apr 2021

The teacher was very good and flexible with the time of the class. She was also very helpful.

Marnie Hart Mar 2021

Irina was a 5 star teacher and provided an incredible experience for our team building event. She was so organised with sending all of the kits (to 88 people in total!) and had everyone engaged and immersed in the experience. Highly recommend this class as it exceeded our expectations and Irina delivered in everything she said she would! Very grateful for the experience.

Marilyn Ralston Feb 2021

It was a great course and lots of fun. My teacher was very patient with me, providing lots of helpful ideas and good guidance, The kit arrived early and contained all the necessary equipment. Thank you.

Haley Saldamli Jan 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Fantastic class. Irina Is brilliant. Patient and clear instructions on how to make and achieve my project. Irina provided tips and tricks which I very much appreciate. I highly recommend her class. Thank you!

Joanne Yang Dec 2020

Really fun and enjoyable class! Irina was patient at explaining and demonstrating the steps and the process.

DIY Clay Hand Built Bowls and Plates review by Joanne Yang Sydney

Priya Varghese Nov 2020

A patient teacher who's most happy to provide information even after the class was over.

Hannah King Nov 2020

Really enjoyable. Instructions were simple and straightforward. I recommend the course or beginners or intermediate levels.

Sally Whittaker Sep 2020

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews

Really lovely class with great tips and ideas. Great fun :) Nice to do clay work with a product that doesn’t need access to a Kiln !

Debra Bond Aug 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Was a wonderful class. Lots of sharing information, guidance and review of work. I have enough clay left to do another project.
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