Hand Building Course for Beginners

Learn to make your own ceramic pieces from scratch

4 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 2 to 14

label $275 - $299 (or 4 payments of $68.75 - $74.75 Afterpay)
(Earlybird price of $290 applies if you book into a public session 60+ days ahead, otherwise $299 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $275 for 2+ guests)

Come and learn three superstar hand-building techniques to create your own designs in this four-part hand building course in Melbourne with Diana Ceramics!

In this four week course, you'll learn basic coil, pinch, and slab building techniques while working one-on-one with a friendly teacher. Not only will you learn how to make your own ceramic art, but you'll get the chance to meet like-minded creatives too!

Over the first three sessions, you will learn the basic hand-building techniques to get you hands-on making your own bowls, planters, mugs, plates, and more. In the last session, you will learn everything you need to know about glazing and then turn your masterpieces into fully functional ceramic pieces that you can use at home!

Classes are in-person at Diana Ceramic Studio in Burwood at a set time each week with two hours of instruction. You are then able to come into the studio for Open Studio Hours to practice what you learned at your leisure outside of your scheduled class time!

If you're looking for unique things to do in Melbourne, why not give this hands-on crafty workshop a go!

Knowledge required
This is a beginner-friendly course.
What you'll get
  • Firing and baking of your pottery
  • All materials are provided (as well as glazes)
  • your own ceramic piece to take home!
What to bring
An old bath towel and your wonderful self!
Session repeats

This class series runs over 4 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.

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.

Diana Ceramic is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

We are working hard to keep everyone safe and follow the new rules. At the same time, we need to protect ourselves financially so that we can keep having you all in our lovely little studio throughout this difficult period and the future beyond it.
We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe and protected. Our studio, or individual students, can be fined if everyone does not follow the government guidelines, so please commit yourself to the below guidelines and help us make sure your classmates are following them too.


• You must show proof of covid-19 vaccination
• You must bring your own face mask
• You must use hand sanitiser on arrival and throughout your class
• You must maintain a 1.5-metre distance from another person within the studio
• Do not visit if you have symptoms – STAY AT HOME

• All Diana Ceramic Staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
• We will disinfect the studio, the tools and the workstations before and after every class
• All classwork, materials and tools will be prepped and at your station for when you arrive
• We have regular sanitation and ventilation system of the workspace in place.
• We will continuously review our workshops to make sure that they are always in line with the Government’s latest guidelines: your and our team's safety is our top priority
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us, [email protected] and we’ll be so happy to talk it all through with you.

Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe, we can’t wait to see you soon ????

3/6 Duffy Street, Burwood VIC

Your teacher
Diana Ceramic
Diana Ceramic

4.9 (68)

A couple of years ago on a cold winter's night, I wanted to distract myself from my run-of-the-mill professional life and decided to take a wheel throwing class. Straight away I was hooked! It was a unique experience - a feeling like nothing I had ever known or heard before!

I touched the clay, and it felt as if I was under a spell… Something as mundane and earthly as mud, yet so out of this world.

I became obsessed with pottery as an after-hours passion, and within a few months, it began to poke my creativity. Pottery became a way for meditation, reflection, and self-expression for me.

Only a few weeks into it, and I realized I had a unique set of tools to shape the clay into extraordinary forms: my background in science, my feminine delicacy, my curiosity, and a keen passion for experimenting with new things, all of which have been shaping the concepts behind my works.

My current practice ranges from tableware to decorative bowls and vases, all of which are typified by elegant imperfection, playfulness, and simplicity. A perfect whole with all my imperfections!

My approach to work is experimental, investigational, and sort of perky as I see this to be the very essence of my view of artistic activity. That said, I don’t like to follow any fixed procedures. I love to step out of the traditional pottery and give my own unique modern touch to it.

I relish playing with different types of clay and enjoy developing new glaze recipes. I’m always ecstatic with the results every time I open the kiln.

I see pottery as a form of expression, a language of the hands. It has helped me to express who I am, my roots, and my cultural identity - an aesthetic blend of Australian simplicity with a root to my Persian background.

As a woman who was born and raised in Iran, faced with lots of cultural taboos, censorship, and "do’s and don’ts" in daily life, a lot of my work focuses on the female form, which I believe helps to break cultural taboos on body and gender.

Diana Ceramic Studio is my lifelong dream that has been made a reality - a space to shape, reshape, and fulfil my love for pottery, and share my skills and passion with others. The studio is a cosy, friendly, and inspiring space, welcoming anyone who shares a passion for clay and ceramics, from absolute beginners to seasoned artists. “The studio gives access to equipment that is otherwise unavailable or too costly for individuals to afford and provides a fun and relaxed environment to learn, create, and chill out.”

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Alvin Sumardi May 2022

This is a very good intro class to get into pottery in general. It's relaxing and have an easier learning curve compared to wheel throwing.

Diana's instructions were clear, venue vibe is relaxing and we learned all the basic needs for us to start our pottery journey.

Julie Peacock May 2022

Thank you, really enjoyed the four weeks.

Can’t wait to see my finished products.

Pottery workshop review by Julie Peacock Sydney

Anna Fezer May 2022

I absolutely loved this course I have been wanting to learn how to hand build ceramics for a while now and I’m so thankful I decided to go with Diana! She is a fantastic teacher and explains everything very clearly! The venue is amazing and has a very cozy and welcoming feel! I highly recommend this studio to begin your pottery journey!

Hand Building Course for Beginners review by Anna Fezer
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