Hand Building with Clay Class

Make you own clay homewares

2 hours 1 to 7 (public classes), 4 to 14 label $125 or 4 payments of $31.25 Afterpay


To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we recommend that you try one of our online classes instead

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If you still want to attend this class, please first consider government restrictions in ACT. If you are currently allowed to attend, but are later prevented from doing so, we will either postpone your booking, or refund you. You are always welcome to gift this class.

In this taster class, you will learn simple hand building techniques, including pinch pot making and slab building.

You will use your new skills and stoneware clay to make two handbuilt pieces, such as a planter, a bowl, a plate, a cup, a soap dish or perhaps a little vase.

Emma will take your finished pieces, dry them, bisque fire them, glaze them, fire them again, sand them, and then post them back to you all ready to enjoy in your home. This process takes up to 4 weeks after the workshop.

Your class fee includes the posting back of your work to you, and a drink and grazing platter to enjoy while you make.

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
Two completed hand built pieces for their home, glazed and fired and posted out within four weeks of the workshop.
What to bring
Just your ideas, all materials will be provided for you.
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, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Downer Community Hall - Frencham Street, Downer ACT

Your teacher can also travel within 40km of Downer for private classes

Your teacher
The Seasonal Ceramicist
The Seasonal Ceramicist

5.0 (4)

Emma is an emerging ceramic artist from Canberra, creating jewellery and homewares.

Emma trained in Silversmithing at the Canberra School of Art in 1999 before transitioning to a career in counselling and community education, working with young people experiencing barriers to participating fully in education and employment.

Emma kept up an art practice on the side as a hobby, including studying to be an Ikebana teacher (Japanese art of creating botanical arrangements). While on maternity leave in 2008 she enrolled in a pottery class at her local arts centre. It was love at first sight of clay, and since then Emma has been building up her ceramic skills before launching 'The Seasonal Ceramicist' label in 2018. Emma now works part-time in education policy and part-time running 'The Seasonal Ceramicist'.

Emma is passionate about sharing the fun of clay with other people. 'The Seasonal Ceramicist' offers workshops in decorating porcelain and handbuilding your own homewares, as well as classes in Ikebana.

Verified reviews

• Mar 2020

Had a great time working with two types of clay. There was enough direction to make sure we had the basic techniques but enough space for our own ideas and creativity. Wasn’t a set vessel which had to be made, and enough time was given to come up with our own master pieces. Emma our instructor was brilliant and made everyone feel welcome and supported. Would recommend as a great gift! Thanks

Hand Building with Clay Class review by Anthea Ford

• Feb 2020

This was a great introduction to hand building with clay
Emma was an awesome teacher and host. Very generous with her time, knowledge, encouragement and materials.
Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a fun night and potential new obsession.
Can't wait to see how the finished pieces turn out
Would be very keen to attend more similar classes - maybe some jewellery making!!!

Hand Building with Clay Class review by Meagan Scott

• Jan 2020

Emma was absolutely delightful, she was a fantastic teacher, very encouraging and kind.
The venue was lovely, lots of food and lots of resources.
We made a variety of different clay objects; milk jug, spoon, bowl, vase with two different types of clay.
It was such a fun day and we had a blast and learnt so much about clay.
Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Pottery workshop review by Harriet Thomas

• Jan 2020

Fantastic afternoon building many different hand built clay pieces. Emma was a very knowledgeable and personable host and I would do another workshop with her in a heartbeat!

The venue was well presented and the food platter was tasty!

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone!

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