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 $59 - $99 (or 4 payments of $14.75 - $24.75 Afterpay)
($99 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, $89 for 4+ guests, $79 for 10+ guests, $69 for 20+ guests, $59 for 50+ 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). 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 interactive class.

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.

Express shipping included in price.

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 : 700 -750 grams
  • two wooden tools suitable for making your ceramic piece ( random shapes, making sure that everyone has a pointy side and a dull, flatter side)
  • One texture sheet (you can also get your own leaves)
  • Sponge for blending slabs and perfecting the surface
  • a plastic sheet for rolling your clay slab on
  • balloon/s for the shape of your bowl
What you'll need
  • Leaves or any texture of your preference because real leaves can’t be shipped, as they dry, crumple and break
  • Rolling pin - or any cylinder that can help us flatten the clay
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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Verified reviews

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Amanda Lawson Jul 2022

Really enjoyed the class. Very easy instructions. Iriana was very patient and had lots of hints. She provided me with links to get the piece fired.

Kathryn Marangos May 2022

35 ClassBento workshops attended • 33 reviews

Fabulous class. Great teacher and very helpful. Box came with everything I needed. Great class.

Sarah Byrne Apr 2022

The class was okay. It would be better if there's earlier time for the class.

Reply from this teacher:

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking your time to review.
I’m sorry for the misunderstanding, there are earlier times running regularly!
In my emails to you I did suggest that you can choose your own time, I’m sorry that those emails didn’t reach you.
Hope you’ll join some of my classes in the future.

Fiona Shaw Jan 2022

16 ClassBento workshops attended • 15 reviews

Loved doing this as was new to me .
Teacher great and one to one class . Struggled with clay a bit rolling out thin and ring for bowl with my hands like usual . Run out time to do coasters unfortunate . Thanks had enjoyable time and proud of my bowl still waiting to dry to put glaze on it for my first effort . Can't wait until drys so can put colour on it see pattern effect better . Thanks so much Fiona
Thanks so much Fiona

DIY Clay Hand Built Bowls and Plates review by Fiona Shaw

Vincent Chagnaud Jan 2022

Thank you so much for your time, very nice and fun class. Really recommend if you want to have a nice time.

Keryn Shipp Jan 2022

This tutorial has got me super excited and prepped to hopefully create some wonderful pieces for family and friends.
Thank you Irina

Pottery workshop review by Keryn Shipp

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Mandy McCarthy Jan 2022

This is a fabulous class. It is a lot of fun and really easy. The concept has been very well thought-through and is suitable for absolute beginners. Highly recommend it.

Skye Short Dec 2021

An enjoyable and relaxing class for a team activity. Irina was a great teacher and the pace was good.

Michelle Clancy Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Absolutely loved this class. Irina was so knowledgeable and provided so many handy hints and artistic direction, that I’m already planning my next project. Would highly recommend for everyone

Prasadi Pilosof Oct 2021

Irina was really knowledgeable and explained everything in an easy to follow format.

Ram Kusuma Oct 2021

Irina was exceptional in her craft and the way she explained was very easy to understand and the session was full of fun

Paul Giles Oct 2021

Very good and explain will in relaxed environment

Paulo Maranhao Oct 2021

OK, not super engaging. Would suggest more interaction.

Jenni Bradley Oct 2021

Loved this lesson on making a bowl. Very relaxed atmosphere and instructions were easy to understand. Thank you

Pottery workshop review by Jenni Bradley Sydney

Dyranda Hortle Oct 2021

Very good, easy to follow instructions and really happy with the products produced in the class.

John Tabari Oct 2021

It was a fabulous class! Perfect Dad and Daughter time together for a long weekend

Eric Emerick Sep 2021

Our bowl was very cute. Love the class and was very meditative. Have recommended to friends and family.

Kate Jenkins Sep 2021

The class was a fun lockdown activity. Irina explained the process clearly and we're very happy with the end result.

Elizabeth Colley Sep 2021

Resources arrived in good time, everything needed was provided. It would be great if the class could be a little longer.

Janine Brundle Sep 2021

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

Amour Mah Sep 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

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

Pottery workshop review by Amour Mah

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 Sydney

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!

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

4 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

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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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