imakesculptures, pottery teacher



local_activity classes and kits: Clay Sculpture and Hand BuildingPotterySculpture and Assemblage

4.8 (292)
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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.

Classes and kits

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay

5.0 (47)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 22

label $84 - $119

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug

4.8 (61)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 20

label $89 - $119

Clay Sculpture Workshop: Make a Human Torso

5.0 (12)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 22

label $82 - $119

Ceramic Workshop: Make a Luscious Leaf Platter

4.4 (7)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 10

label $109 - $129

Figurative Sculpting Course

5.0 (1)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 7

label $390 - $560

Mould Making and Casting Course

5.0 (1)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 5

label $299 - $499

Clay Sculpture Workshop: Make a Human Torso

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy

15 to 25

label $109

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy

15 to 25

label $219

Fundamentals of Mould Making, 3 Day Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Melbourne

6 to 8

label $469

Make a Human Torso with Clay at Home

4.9 (18)

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 50

label $99 - $119

DIY Clay Hand Built Bowls and Plates

4.8 (40)

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 100

label $59 - $99

Learn Figurative Sculpting for Beginners

4.8 (33)

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 50

label $99 - $119

Make Your Own Unique Mug

4.6 (43)

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 70

label $88 - $119

Mould Making and Casting Course

5.0 (6)

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 4

label $399 - $560

Specialist Figurative Sculpting Course

date_range Runs regularly



local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 8

label $490 - $580

DIY Marbled Mug Craft Kit with Crystals

5.0 (2)

local_shipping Ships to you

label $99

DIY Air Dry Clay Hanging Planter Craft Kit for Two

local_shipping Ships to you

label $99

DIY Body Sculpture Craft Kit for Two

local_shipping Ships to you

label $99




Shirley Kam Feb 2024

We booked a private class for a hens gathering. Irina was friendly and attentive and provided us with clear instructions and helped those who needed a bit of help along the way in order for us to make our masterpieces. We were able to bring our own drinks and nibbles to have along the way and the place was very cosy and comfortable. Overall, we had a great time. Thank you Irina!

Alexa Dong Feb 2024

Great experience! The teacher is very experienced and demonstrated everything clearly. Strongly recommend to everyone who wanted to try sculpturing.

Jo Rowswell Feb 2024

It was a fun experience in a great space. We all enjoyed our girls night out. Thank you!

Nathan Seeto Feb 2024

Great fun, extremely enjoyable. Highly recommend for a great time. Very experienced teacher helping along the way to make your masterpiece.

Pottery class review by Nathan Seeto - Sydney

Kate Zughbi Jan 2024

We booked this class for a Hen's celebration and we all had a great time creating our mugs! Irina was patient and showed us what to do step by step, but also allowinng us to be creative and enjoy our experience. Relaxed atmosphere with all the materials we needed.

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Kate Zughbi - Sydney

Natalia Monsalve Pedroza Jan 2024

The class was awesome A lot of fun and the instructions were really clear and detailed I loved it

Monique Bour Jan 2024

A great class, just the right amount of tutorage and free play. We were so engrossed in our sculptures, the hours flew by!

Pottery class review by Monique Bour - Sydney

Mandy Leyten Jan 2024

Easy instructions, well shown.
Fun & nice small class size.
Start Time on a Sunday very good & plenty of time to complete.

Tom Koshy Jan 2024

Irina does a sensational job walking participants through each step of the process. She has a thorough knowledge of the type of materials and what works well and doesn’t, and is supportive where participants want to try something new / creative.

Ophelia Pinto Dec 2023

The class was amazing and Irina is such a fantastic teacher. She is funny and very quickly put my partner and I at ease. Her instructions were clear and precise and she helped us make our sculpture our own creation. Would definitely go back to for another session. These were when we finished but we're still waiting for it to dry before we paint them

Harriet Allman-Carter Dec 2023

It was a lovely evening with Irina. She was a great instructor and we came home with figurines that actually resemble our partners!

Sunaya Kumar Dec 2023

Such a great class - went for about 2 and a half hours and as this was my first pottery experience I had low expectations for how the mug would look but Irina helped at every step where needed and in the end I created a mug I was super happy with

Katherine Dickson Dec 2023

The Teacher (I think Irina) was incredible! Nobody had really ever used clay before, and she helped all of us tremendously. She was clearly very talented as we all very much needed help and at the end everyone’s works were really great. A really fun evening and totally recommend it!

Amy Pan Dec 2023

Had the best time, wish the session was longer so we could perfect our sculptures even more!

Daniela Lamadrid Dec 2023

We loved this class and we were all so happy with our mugs. It was a great team building experience and an amazing way to express creative freedom. Irina was a lovely teacher and host, and provided a relaxing and encouraging space for us. 10/10 experience.

Janice Ha Dec 2023

It was an enjoyable class. The teacher was lovely. I recommend getting there early as parking was hard to find.

Pottery class review by Janice Ha - Sydney

Chloe Baker Dec 2023

Would highly recommend this workshop!
I surprised my partner for his birthday by booking in a private session with a group of our friends. It was great fun and Irina was a brilliant host and super helpful.
Whilst demonstrating how the sculptures should start to take form she also allowed for us all to play around with them and put our own creative spin on each. Irina allowed us to go over the allocated time to ensure we had completed the sculptures and we were all pleasantly surprised with how great they turned out.
Thank you again and I am sure we will see you again in the future!

Natasha Bouman Dec 2023

This was an amazing class that was super fun and we were able to learn a lot about pottery! Our teachers were amazing, extremely helpful and accommodating as we had a lot of people attending the class. I would highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to do a fun activity with friends or for a work event.

Charlotte Kowalski Dec 2023

Excellent class, had a lot of fun making a sculpture of my friend. Teacher gave good feedback and provided lots of pointers to create a lifelike bust. We were also given metallic paint to take home and finish the bust once the clay had dried.

Victor Madsen Nov 2023

Attention, quality of teaching, and atmosphere were all 10/10. The class was a 50th birthday gift for my mom and she absolutely loved it. Would recommend this class to anyone.

Kim Phung Nov 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Open and clean space.
Good range of materials and colours.
A lot of sample mugs around the room to give you ideas.

Jake Hayden-Smith Nov 2023

The session was brilliant and a lot of fun. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the class and the teacher was a great.

Anastasia Joseski Nov 2023

53 ClassBento workshops attended • 34 reviews

Irina is a very patient teacher. Her instructions are clear and her feedback is kind and very constructive. Highly recommend any of her classes.

Paula Nov 2023

What a great class and with such a thoughtful teacher. The kit is comprehensive, you only need to provide tin foil.

Even though I wasn't confident that I would be able to do this I was really surprised at how quickly progress was made. It wasn't long before I was at ease enough to start making decisions about how I wanted to work with the clay. The teaching style really builds self esteem and gave me the confidence to try out different techniques.

I will definitely do this again!

Robbie Nov 2023

Amazing virtual class for a team building event. We did this class across three different time zones and it was fantastic! The kit arrived super quickly and there are more then enough materials to take this up as a hobby and have another go outside the class. I really enjoyed the process of building and sculpting the clay, the teacher helped us along the way and described everything in an easy to understand way with plenty of instruction and guides to look at. A really meditative experience and something I will try again in my own time.

Make a Human Torso with Clay at Home review by Robbie

Lesley Chen Nov 2023

We were a group of 7, it was great for a private party! Thank you!

Bruna Cabral Rangel Nov 2023

I loved this class. The teacher was very friendly and helpful throughout the process. 100% recommend.

Ryan Delzoppo Nov 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 15 reviews

Class was very enjoyable with expert guidance and help from the teacher. She gave general instructions and demonstrations to the group and also individual feedback and help as we went along.

Our usually very talkative group was quietly concentrating and enjoying being in the moment with the sculpture.

All the parcels arrived quickly and on time for our class. Teacher used mail tracking which was great for peace of mind.

Madison Markel Oct 2023

This was the perfect class for my sister's hen party. We all enjoyed Irina's teaching style, as she provided instructions and personal one-on-one help, while also allowing everyone in the group to chat and catch up. There were cups and dishes available for the snacks we brought which was a huge help. Everyone loved how well their sculptures turned out, an extra plus! Very easy to contact and communicate with.

Clay Sculpture Workshop: Make a Human Torso review by Madison Markel - Sydney

Shay Ng Oct 2023

We had a lovely time with Irina and her adorable tiny cat! Irina was very patient with us and explained things very well. Can't wait to get our mugs back and would highly recommend this class!

Kyle Anderson Oct 2023

Experience was okay. The teacher kind of left us to our own devices and provided guidance however not to a beginner level. Unsure if pottery experience was required prior to conducting this lesson. My partner and I were abit disappointed as we left not having made what we had hoped to make, considering the price we paid we hoped for abit more.

The experience is still interesting and enjoyable. The venue was nice, with plenty of paid parking. The teacher’s hospitality was great.

Teacher's response

Thank you, Kyle, for sharing your honest feedback.

This class is absolutely beginner- friendly, but as written in description, a bit complex.
Takes a bit of dedication and showing up on time matters to absorb more input as there were other people who already started.

I think your mugs are lovely and that you will think so too once you see them fired and glazed.

Caitlin Royce Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Irina was incredibly knowledgeable and welcoming. Her studio had everything I needed, including the best materials for sculpting and Irina was very generous with letting me experiment. I was so happy to learn the basics of mold making and finished up with a mold that I can use again and again.
I can’t wait to go back and learn more!

Ami Gabriel Sep 2023

Great experience with my partner. Was enjoyable and funny and the teacher was great at helping and guidance. Would definitely recommend!
Also, has an adorable cat which makes it even better.

Pottery class review by Ami Gabriel - Sydney

Thomas Vella Sep 2023

My family and I had a lovely experience. It was very peaceful and calming for me personally and my partner and kiddo had a blast. It was wonderful to let go of expectations and just see what would happen!

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Thomas Vella - Sydney

Riley Blakers Sep 2023

Absolutely lovely. Was a beautiful experience. Would recommended to anyone. 10/10 absolutely unbelievably amazing.

Pottery class review by Riley Blakers - Sydney

Maria Sol Natoli Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We loved this class. There was a methodical nature to the making of the mugs. Our teacher Irina was very good, very happy to help if we were heading in the wrong direction, which was very useful in creating a finished product that we were super proud of. There was a relaxed atmosphere conducive to creativity so the time flew by. Cannot wait for the mugs to be fired and be drinking out of the finished product - highly recommend

Pottery class review by Maria Sol Natoli - Sydney

Clinton Renshaw Aug 2023

This activity was really fun. The studio was neat and the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. The teacher was friendly, patient and very generous with her time. I would highly recommend. Thanks Irina for a really positive experience :)

Janeen Navarro Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

My husband and I enjoyed the class so much and learnt technical figurative clay skills.

Nicki Imrie Jul 2023

A lovely atmosphere and beautiful mugs created by the girls.
The teacher/facilitator is a gifted artist. She was however, somewhat quite/reserved as a host. Given that I had indicated that this was a gathering for my daughter's 16th, I had hoped for a more warm/energetic engagement with the girls. Of concern, was the teacher's comment to the girls that she was "not used to working with children". Perhaps best to indicate that is an adult only appropriate class on your website.

Teacher's response

Hi Nicki,

Sorry for the misunderstanding, I did not know it is going to be only 16- year old girls as the website clearly indicates that minors are required to be accompanied by adults.

Moreover, I have told you before the class started that I had a recent surgery in my mouth and I am not capable of speaking loudly which this group required ( as teenagers do) as they were not keen on listening and there was no adult present.

Finally, I really don’t appreciate this public misinterpreting of my words- as you were not there- I have said to girls that I will do my best to explain everything as this class is a bit complex and I am used to working with older customers. I do not understand the misquote nor the negative implications of “children”.
I am simply not in a position to host children’s parties, especially when I am recovering. I only had this class because you have already rescheduled it and I didn’t want to cancel on you.
Really surprised to receive this feedback after I made my position clear and I have made sure that everyone comes out with a great mug, nevertheless

Courtney Stone Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great, absolutely love this and would do it again, easy and fun to do indoors

Maryam Shariati Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Irina is a great teacher and the class was SO much fun! We booked it for a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday, best idea. Keen to do more classes with Irina!

Vladimir Gligorovski Jul 2023

50 ClassBento workshops attended • 41 reviews

I had lots of fun and enjoyed the teachers class with lots of pleasant aspects

Lucas Natter Jul 2023

Amazing class and a very knowledgable teacher, she was always there to help even with the finishing details to make our coffee mugs even better!

Irina Kuntsevich Jun 2023

It was a great on-line team bonding for our distributed team, some had their kids join and help too :)

Hugo Jun 2023

The materials were spot on and instructions were clear and easy to follow. Each one of us got a mug done within the time and they all looked really nice! Our host Irina even took some extra time to show us how to make handles later on.

Liza Unity Jun 2023

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Teacher was very patient and helpful.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning techniques and taking home our final product. Good fun.

Pottery class review by Liza Unity - Sydney

Anna Mansfield Jun 2023

My son really enjoyed the class, the teacher was really helpful and patient, the location was good.

Hilda Nguyen Jun 2023

Teacher was very patient and helpful. It was a delight taking this class. I recommend this place to those who havent done pottery before

Weber Ting Jun 2023

A really pleasant experience and Irina was a lovely and patient teacher. I would highly recommend!

George Organ Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

A really unique gift. Everything is supplied and the teacher, Irina, was super helpful. Great for couples or groups.

Pottery class review by George Organ - Sydney

Winter Stagg May 2023

32 ClassBento workshops attended • 28 reviews

Irina is an excellent teacher! I often struggle with online classes but she is just one of those people that can convey huge amounts of practical information in a short time, whilst till having it all make sense!
I've only done our first class, which was mostly going over a of my goals and current projects so unfortunately i don't have a trove of excellent photos to share, yet! But i have to say one of the best parts about investing in this class and kit is how Irina personally customises the ingredients to best suit your personal specifications! Well worth it and i would highly recommend it to anyone who, like me, is over the mass produced mould for resin making and so forth and really wants so make something unique and personal.

Pottery class review by Winter Stagg

Georgia Burke May 2023

Lovely environment. Very suitable for beginners but with a great sense of achievement with what you get to complete in the time. Would definitely recommend to friends!

Vladimir Gligorovski May 2023

50 ClassBento workshops attended • 41 reviews

The class was very good and the lesson was interesting so relaxing and great the teacher was

Ben Obrien May 2023

All round great experience! Took my girlfriend for her birthday. Full of laughter and fun memories

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Ben Obrien - Sydney

Wendy Yeung May 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Had a great time Irina. She is very patient and helpful. Very experienced and fantastic teacher.

Lyndal Halliday Apr 2023

Great fun. Teacher was helpful and relaxed. Was nice chatting to other people in the class and seeing their creations come together. A fun morning with my bestie!

Pottery class review by Lyndal Halliday - Sydney

Peter Spring Apr 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

A really fun and enjoyable class to explore my creative side of sculpturing. I would definitely come back

Peter Spring Apr 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

A really fun and enjoyable class to explore my creative side of sculpturing. I would definitely come back

Peter Spring Apr 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Teacher was amazing and friendly. Guided me through the process of making clay. Definitely worth the time to go!

Maria Jaramillo Apr 2023

Materials provided, teacher very knowledgeable. It was nice that we were offer tea, because we were soaked

Natalie Smith Mar 2023

91 ClassBento workshops attended • 38 reviews

She was so good with me. I had no idea I had it in me to do even what we did today. I loved it I’m booking another class just because I want to learn even more. I’ve always been interested in the human anatomy. And she showed me pictures. I can’t wait till our next class. Threat teacher.

Pottery class review by Natalie Smith

Steph Foreshew Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Had a great evening! Loved the relaxed, fun atmosphere and the intimacy of a small group. 10/10 would recommend!

Kylie Lee Mar 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Would highly recommend this experience. Both my partner and myself felt like we might have an epic fail, but with Irinas support the end result was amazing! We had a great time and would definitely recommend this experience!

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Kylie Lee - Sydney

Jessica McMillan Mar 2023

The three of us had a great time making our Terrazzo serving boards, all of which we were able to make to reflect our own tastes and home decors. Irina (the teacher) was very accommodating and patient and allowed us the opportunity to pick up our items the next day so that we didn't need to carry them around the city whilst they were curing. The venue was located in a fantastic part of Surry Hills that allowed access to restaurants and cafes for breakfast and lunch beforehand and was well equipped to meet all of our needs. The materials provided were high quality and not easily accessed in the country, and the fact it was eco resin was especially appreciated. It would have been difficult to make the number of boards we did for the price of the class had we purchased the materials ourselves, which makes it good value for money given that we also had Irina's expertise to guide us through the process. All in all, it was a great activity for a sophisticated bachelorette weekend activity.

Enrico Pradel Mar 2023

The Teacher was wonderful, felt supported but free to create. Loved every minute of it!

Nicola George Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The class was good fun, in a great location and studio. There was a lovely atmosphere and our teacher was very good. Helpful and skilled. Would go again for sure!

Fiona Climpson Mar 2023

Very friendly and helpful- we would definitely recommend. Thank you for a great afternoon- much appreciated

Renee Cotta Mar 2023

Super fun team building activity. No skill required. Teacher was fantastic and very talented and helped us along the way.

Caitlin Shipp Mar 2023

This was an extremely enjoyable class I came with my two friends, none of us had any pre-existing sculpting skills and yet Irina patiently guided us toward creating little heads which, against all odds, DID resemble our models!

We all had a LOT of fun, shared a lot of laughs and left already planning the next workshop we can take with Irina.

Guaranteed to have a great time in this lovely little workspace with a fantastic and patient teacher :)

Pottery class review by Caitlin Shipp - Sydney

Emil Feb 2023

I very much enjoyed this class! Great teacher and nice relaxed space.
I found parking nearby very easy considering its in Surry Hills.

Amy Colman Feb 2023

Irina was a fabulous teacher. We all walked away with impressive sculptures and had a great time.

Karen Luo Feb 2023

The class was great! All the materials were provided and the instructions were mostly clear. She was active in moving around and helping us out with our designs.

Laura Gill Feb 2023

Irina ran such a fun and enjoyable class.
I booked the class as a Valentines date and arrived thinking there was no way I’d be able to sculpt my friend’s face from clay but Irina showed us step by step how to do it and we all walked away with amazing looking busts of our friends.
The class is small so she gives everyone plenty of help - which I really appreciated and felt I learnt a lot.
I’ll always keep the bust I made!
Would definitely recommend!

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Laura Gill - Sydney

Angela McGovern Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Really fun experience and the teacher was lovely! Definitely will come back for another class in the future

Mary Vu Feb 2023

Irina was a great teacher, very patient and accomodating. The class was set up well and we had the help needed to make the best mugs. Thank you Irina!

Jessica Mao Feb 2023

Really happy with our experience - there were 5 of us and we loved creating our own masterpieces

Pottery class review by Jessica Mao - Sydney

Alessia Marano Feb 2023

Very fun activity as team building Suggested for small groups!
In the centre of Surry hills

Michael Gordon-Smith Jan 2023

This was a great experience, with a very helpful and interesting teacher. Well organised, materials etc all professionally managed. Studio is pleasant and comfortable. Highly recommended.

Pottery class review by Michael Gordon-Smith - Sydney

Qianxin Zhou Jan 2023

I love the class here and the vibe is perfect there. Also, the class is easy to understand and do the procedure.

Christina Jan 2023

It was a great experience My first time at it but we were friendly and professionally helped in the process
With a lovely cup of tea and in an amazing venue in Surrey Hill. I would highly recommend to give it a go .
What a nice way to spend a rainy day in Sydney

Pottery class review by Christina  - Sydney

Holly Peasland Jan 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

What a great Class Irina is so talented and her venue is divine. We had such a great time and learnt so muc . We definitely got lost in the process and time simply flew by. We were very happy with our master pieces. They are going to look fabulous on a book shelf, once we paint with copper in a few weeks. Thank you Irina, thoroughly recommend this class to do with friends.

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Holly Peasland - Sydney

Edmund Leung Jan 2023

My partner and I enjoyed the sculpture making very much. It was a fun experience with lots of laughs as we attempted to make the clay creation look a tiny bit like the person in front of us. Irina was very helpful in going around and making sure we had the right balance of creativity and help. Great experience, recommend!

Shadi Hosseinnejad Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Irina is a brilliant sculptor, great teacher and awesome personality. Loved every session of sculpting with her, the studio is beautiful in a very convenient location and she provides everything you need.

Blaise Tooker Jan 2023

Had a great time at this session! The teacher was very helpful and we really liked the venue and atmosphere.

Mitchell Thompson-Holloway Jan 2023

We had a blast with Irina, she was a great teacher and such a cool space for a Hens activity! It was great for beginners too, so much fun and would definitely do again!

Jay Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

We did this as an anniversary date and thoroughly enjoyed it! Irena our teacher was excellent, patient and extremely helpful. I am not a great sculptor but Irena assisted me and at the end of the class I was so happy with my mini bust likeness to my husband. He also had a great time time with fantastic results with his bust of me.
It was a small class of 10 people so very manageable for Irena to help everyone.
I recommend this class!

Pottery class review by Jay  - Sydney

Man Wong Dec 2022

Very chill and cosy environment and Irina is so nice and so patience! It was a very great workshop and highly recommended

Margaret Andetson Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

The teacher was friendly highly competent with the medium and great on instruction and well organised. The venue was easy to locate and clean.
We learnt to make a small bust using a small skeleton to ensure success. Great value.

Emma Little Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Great class for beginner pottery enthusiasts. Irina was friendly and professional. She gave very clear and easy to follow instructions and I was able to work at my own pace.
I was always terrible at working with clay in high school, but because of Irinas guidance, I’ve made a mug that I will actually feel proud to show people! Can’t wait for my Kintsugi class next week!
I will be booking more classes for sure
Thank you Irina and Class Bento team!

Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Emma Little

Jessica Fung Dec 2022

Really great class, very fun for a hens party! The teacher Irina was very accommodating and helpful, and has a beautiful studio. Highly recommend trying the class.

Rio Liem Dec 2022

It was a fun and different experience. It's quite easy to understand and learn as a beginner.

Emma Power Dec 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Everyone loved mug making. We would not hesitate to come back. Epic hybrid experience. 10/10.

Jet Parrot Nov 2022

Irina explained well and guided our group through all the steps by showing how to do it herself. She provided explanations for how things could go wrong before we made any mistake, which helped understand even better.

Daniel Pilkington Nov 2022

Brilliant. Irina is very knowledgeable. She was also generous in catering the tutorial to my specific needs.

Fiona Lam Nov 2022

Irina was very knowledgeable and helpful. We had so much fun and really enjoyed this class! Can’t wait to see our fired and glazed pieces :)

Karina Alzate Nov 2022

Thank you Irina for a wonderful mug making day!

It was a first for many of us working with clay and Irina was very helpful (and patient!). The studio was really well set out and we all had a blast playing around with the colours and patterns.

Thanks again!

Pottery class review by Karina Alzate - Sydney

Vincent Trang Nov 2022

The instructor was lovely, providing us all the materials needed to prepare, sculpt, and event paint our sculptures once we took them home. Her support throughout the process was informative, constructive, and hands on, even for those who weren't sculpting a human! The venue itself was also really nice, with all the details such as teas, glasses, plates, being equally amazing. Definitely worth the money for this unique and fun experience.

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Vincent Trang - Sydney

Jen McWhinnie Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great experience, we loved being creative as a family and now wait for our cups to go through the process of firing.

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Jen McWhinnie - Sydney

Todd Hale Nov 2022

I had the best time it was so fun! Thankyou… I made a splendid mug! Can’t believe how good it came out

Rhea Goundar Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Such a fun and engaging class ! The sculpture turned out beautifully and better than expected.

Alison Stoner Nov 2022

My daughter and I really enjoyed our class. Irina was lovely - welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. A really fun and accessible class looking forward to seeing our final pieces!

Amanda Yakiwchuk Nov 2022

The teacher was fantastic, really accommodating and professional. There was help when we needed it. The environment was clean and very well presented. The night was fun, exciting and we all had a blast.

The demonstration was clear and easy to follow and the end results were exactly what we were looking for and expected

Thank you very much 10/10

Pottery class review by Amanda Yakiwchuk - Sydney

Leanne Ha Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Irina created a welcoming encouraging space where we felt comfortable trying something new. It was fun and relaxing.

Sarah Pearson Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Excellent class. I was also very happy with what we produced.
Irena was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Very relaxed atmosphere and good fun.
Many thanks

Pam Smales Oct 2022

Irena was very patient and l enjoyed the class and learnt a lot.
Great experience.

Nicole Wilcox) Oct 2022

The class was a lot of fun and our team enjoyed it. Our cups didn't look like the instructors but we had fun making them anyway.

Sabrina Menzies Oct 2022

Highly recommend this class! Irina is a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher, she gave helpful feedback during the class. Whether you’re a novice or expert with clay, you’ll walk out with something to be proud of and have a fun time in the class. Working to sculpt the torso form was really interesting, and relaxing!

Pottery class review by Sabrina Menzies - Sydney

Thomas Hextall Oct 2022

We enjoyed the class and the chance to have personalised feedback on how to improve our sculptures. We had some distractions on our side of the Zoom call but our Irina was very understanding and accommodating. It was a fun lesson overall

Emma Oct 2022

She was a great and I learnt new things and the snacks were great too . I would recommend this to other people to gain their knowledge and ideas

Larissa Conolly Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fabulous venue, small class, generous with timing (when we were late, she let us go over time a little bit). A lot of fun.
Looking forward to seeing the end result when the firing of the vessel
Is done

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Larissa Conolly - Sydney

Johanna Oct 2022

Teacher was really nice, and supporting anytime I had problems!
It was my first pottery class, and I loved it a lot. Very proud of my mug - but looking forward to doing more now that I understand a bit better the technique.
All materials were provided !

Sandra Gendera Oct 2022

Absolutely loved the workshop- Irina the teacher is a wonderful teacher, guide, inspiring and gives hands on assistance when needed.
The technique is easy to follow also for someone without any experience. The workshop space is perfect and the groups are all up to 8ppl. I can highly recommend this event

Becky Evans Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Irina was great a teacher and we had a lot of fun! She was very accommodating when it came to picking up our mugs.

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Becky Evans - Sydney

Aurélie Tamin Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Nice quiet and bright studio where expressing your creativity with the help of the experienced and lovely Irina.
It was our second time as we loved it so much!
We had a great time, again!

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Aurélie Tamin - Sydney

Robert Pestana Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a great class. The location was great with a bunch of tables for different group sizes. We loved playing with the clay to make our pots. The teacher was great with going through each step and walking around to assist us when needed and helping out if required. I would recommend it to everyone.

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Robert Pestana - Sydney

Kevin Tu Sep 2022

Had fun making these mugs. Our teacher was knowledgeable and considerate making sure we had everything we needed and helped us along the way. We even got a Polaroid photo with our mugs for memories, very cool. Go check them out.

Channel St-Pierre Sep 2022

We had such a great time sculpting and learning all the ways to make our sculpture unique. Irina is very lovely and knowledgeable. She made sure to spend time with each one of us and help us adjust. Will definitely book again.

Clay Sculpture Workshop: Make a Human Torso review by Channel St-Pierre - Sydney

Georgia Driels Sep 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Loved the class. I would definitely do it again and recommend the class to my friends :)

Rob Bransby Sep 2022

Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, thanks Irina

Xia Hu Sep 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended

The teacher was really helpful, the environment is calming and relaxing , we enjoyed a lot:)

Sculpture Workshop: Make Your Mate Out of Clay review by Xia Hu - Sydney

Mike Shipley Sep 2022

Lot of fun - really great way to spend time together. Teacher was lovely, and this was a very unusual activity

Pottery class review by Mike Shipley - Sydney

Aurelie Tamin Aug 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

So much fun
What a great creative activity to do.
Nice studio, relax and helpful teacher.
Making something useful.
A great moment to share with partner, friends, family…

Pottery class review by Aurelie Tamin - Sydney

Wanjun Hou Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I was enjoyed the class last Sunday. The teacher is patient and kind. I was so happy with the work been done in the class.

Lois Alcantara Aug 2022

Irina was very knowledgeable and patient. She had all tools and equipment prepared, the sculpture studio was well lit, clean and inspirational. No skills required but she made you believe you could sculpt!

Andrea Alcantara Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This was a really fun and out there class to do! It was great being able to do something we're not normally able to do and Irina was super helpful when I kept asking questions :) would definitely come back to do it again!

Laura Alcantara Aug 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

What was the teacher like? The teacher was incredibly helpful.
How was the venue (if applicable)? Good, I liked the small class which meant the teacher could spend 1:1 time with everyone
If materials were provided, did you like them? Yes
Was the experience good value for money? Yes
What did you do / learn? I learned how to sculpt a head!
What did you like most? the outcome

Fleur Denny Aug 2022

This was a great workshop, had fun and looking forward to seeing the final results once dried and fired

Sonki Unhelkar Aug 2022

Had a great time thank you! Was good to have a box. Great music! Nice atmosphere

Amanda Lawson Jul 2022

25 ClassBento workshops attended • 21 reviews

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.

Fiona Shaw Jul 2022

35 ClassBento workshops attended • 24 reviews

Did this planter . Struggled with macrame hanger as beads limited and trouble doing tying knots .
Thanks again as my worker did this also her own and enjoyed it .

Provider's response

Hi Fiona,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry to hear that you were having issues with the knots, the knots you did were beginner overhand knots and I can understand it's harder go grasp them when you're doing this without in person guidance. If you enjoyed the process and are keen to learn more about macrame I would suggest an in person class where you would receive more guidance in this process.

I'm glad that your support worker enjoyed this kit and I hope that you had a good time doing this activity together!

If you have other questions about this please let me know!

Thanks, Irina

Pearl Tan Jul 2022

We had a fantastic time! The vibe was great and non-judgemental, the teacher was most helpful. Thanks for a fun class!

Hannah Sexton Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

A lovely class and a beautiful mug! The instructor was kind and patient and provided great advice and tips

Natalia Tan Jul 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Lovely experience. Teacher was good in guiding us what to do. I love how she let us explore the use of different tools and shaping the clay. A very creative space. Venue is very clean and welcoming.

Pottery class review by Natalia Tan - Sydney

Jordan Truong Jul 2022

Loved it. The teacher is very friendly and outgoing, always keeping an eye to help give feedback to make our pieces much better. Got all the materials as needed, and even provided options for extra payment for firing up the glaze. Learnt a lot about techniques needed to make sure that the mugs were perfect.

Liz Clark Jul 2022

We had a great time. Teacher was lovely, made us tea and biscuits and guided us through the process and gave good tips that were useful for us non-artists! The space was also very cosy and relaxing. It was a great and unusual experience and I would recommend to others.

Ted Bui Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

My partner and I really enjoyed the class! Our teacher was really helpful and made the class as easy to understand as possible for the both of us who have never really moulded clay before. We were happy with how our mugs turned out and hope to do another class in the foreseeable future.

Chloe Sklavounos Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This workshop was a lot of fun. It was held in a small studio, which was perfect for the hands on experience and maximised one-on-one time with the teacher. 2.5hrhs was the perfect amount of time to get the hang of things and get your sculpture to the point where you're proud of what you've created. No experience is necessary to make the most of this class.

Kenneth Chong Jun 2022

Great teacher! She is very patient and informative. Materials provided were of high quality! Would recommend!

Pottery class review by Kenneth Chong - Sydney

Pamela England Jun 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Teacher went too fast and did not appear to be happy to take the class.

Teacher's response

Hi Pamela, I’m very sorry that you were under that impression! To that, I can only say that a little bit more faith that different behaviour does not necessarily mean something bad can be beneficial.

I was trying my best to cover all the parts of the bust in 1.5 hrs, not to leave you deprived of anything.
That is why I also offered to send you an additional instructions and visual references as you mentioned yourself that your creative dynamic is rather slow ( which is perfectly fine!).

Victoria Marriott Jun 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Irina is a great teacher and holds space in a very patient, calm and grounded way that helps unlock creativity and find a sense of play with the clay work.

I enjoyed the experience and the amount of fluidity in the class to explore your own shapes and colours and techniques. It was fun, very calming and brought new inspirations to mind. Looking forward to seeing the final product once it's been in the kiln :)

Pottery class review by Victoria Marriott - Sydney

Leonnie McLean Jun 2022

Irina was really nice, her instructions were easy to follow. Everything we needed was supplied. We can’t wait to see the finished product.

Phoebe Goulding Jun 2022

That was fun. I can’t believe mine actually looked like a male human Torso. Thanks for your patience.

Michelle Drougas Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Great teacher, great venue. Loved learning a new skill. Will definitely do more. I am totally hooked!

Pottery class review by Michelle Drougas - Sydney

Thao Cao May 2022

I had great time during the class. So relaxing and enjoy working with clay. Will recommend this class to my friends

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Thao Cao - Sydney

Kathryn Marangos May 2022

40 ClassBento workshops attended • 36 reviews

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

Alice Thachasongtham Apr 2022

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Very relaxing and enjoyable. Good for beginners who’s love to get their hands on clay and colour powder.

Pottery class review by Alice Thachasongtham - Sydney

Sarah Byrne Apr 2022

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

Teacher's response

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.

Summer Woods Apr 2022

64 ClassBento workshops attended • 64 reviews

Completely out of our comfort zone but a lot of fun! The clay was really soft and easy to work with. The crystals were gorgeous!

DIY Marbled Mug Craft Kit with Crystals review by Summer Woods

Teo Falconer Apr 2022

20 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Teacher was incredibly patient and accommodating. Would recommend this class to anyone looking for a nice, respectful teaching style.

Haseeb Rana Apr 2022

What was the teacher like?
She was so nice and helpful, will definitely recommend her to friends and family.
How was the venue (if there was one)? Great, very clean, lots of space and facilities like coffee.
If materials were provided, did you like them? Yes, clay and paint was provided and she offered to give us paint to take home.
Was the class good value for money? Yes
What did you do / learn? We learnt how to sculpt ceramic mugs and ad our unique design with paint and inks.

Danielle Walker Feb 2022

Very fun class! I'm a newbie to using clay, and Irena gave us some very useful tips on how to make a beautiful handmade planter pot using air-drying clay. I'd definitely recommend :-)

Fiona Shaw Jan 2022

35 ClassBento workshops attended • 24 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

Jess Brooks Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a great class! It was a pleasure learning from Irina, she provided lots of helpful tips and guidance throughout the lesson. I'm very happy with what I was able to create and have enough clay left over to make another torso in my own time as well!

Pottery class review by Jess Brooks

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 class review by Keryn Shipp

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.

Emma Morris Dec 2021

115 ClassBento workshops attended • 83 reviews

I really enjoyed this class…even though I stuffed up my mug and turned the clay into lunch pot mugs after the class ended it was a relaxing way to spend a Wednesday evening

Learn Marbled Mug Making at Home review by Emma Morris

Skye Short Dec 2021

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

Samantha Leongtave Dec 2021

The class was given to me as a birthday present from my husband. I didn't know what to expect so had no expectations. It was my first time doing any kind of clay sculpting since I was at school. As a total beginner I found it difficult to follow in watching the teacher on a screen and trying to make the figure at the same time so missed crucial parts of learning. It would have been better to be broken down into parts or sections of watch first then you try method and then feedback, with some info on what the tools were best used for/how. I guess in such a short time she had to cram in alot, perhaps a longer time frame would be better.

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

Lyn Austen Nov 2021

Irina is a very knowledgeable teacher and happy to adapt to your needs. I will be taking more of her classes.

Roman Revyakin Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I enjoyed the class and made a very nice torso, as well as got some helpful tips! The materials were great quality, the clay was very nice especially. Thank you so much!

Pottery class review by Roman Revyakin

Kyuri Kim Nov 2021

It was a great great time for me. I have wanted to learn sculpture but I looked so difficult to learn. But I am so happy looking at the sculpture made by my hand for 1.5 hours today. Thank you Irina:):)

Hideki Yamaguchi Nov 2021

Great customer care, teaching skills and "after the class" follow-up

Julie Lin Nov 2021

Really enjoyed the class. Informative, great fun & relaxed. Would highly recommend it to friends. Thanks Irina.

Spring Shen Nov 2021

Good lesson but face to face lesson will be better . The teacher can do touch up for students.

Laura Zhu Nov 2021

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Ping Mu Nov 2021

It is very interesting to learn how to make a Figurative Sculpting very happy with it

Matthew Sheers Nov 2021

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 15 reviews

Thanks for a great class. I recommend this as a fun class for anyone to try.

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

Sally Brown Oct 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended

I had a private class with my family and Irina for my birthday and it was brilliant. She was so talented and a great teacher, giving us individual tips and encouragement along the way.

Pottery class review by Sally Brown

Martha Gledhill-Tuite Oct 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was so enjoyable! The teacher was very knowledgeable and was able to explain the process and anatomy clearly.

Kymberley Patten Oct 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

The class was great, An excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon. THe teacher was very helpful, and gave great pointers, and feedback. It was very relaxing. I love the small class and if anything, I wished it could have gone for longer

Yuri van Oct 2021

Thank u it was great , I enjoyed it ! Would like I try it again

Quentin Leroy Oct 2021

This was a great workshop! The pace was good, the teacher was patient and the outcome is fantastic!

Christina Sheers Oct 2021

48 ClassBento workshops attended • 49 reviews

this is a great class for everyone to make your own unique mug at home.

Paul Giles Oct 2021

Very good and explain will in relaxed environment

Holly Smith Oct 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Great communication leading up to the session and a wonderful class, the team really enjoyed it!

Paulo Maranhao Oct 2021

OK, not super engaging. Would suggest more interaction.

Penny Spencer Oct 2021

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

This was my second sculpture class with Irina - I really enjoyed it and very happy with my result !

Pottery class review by Penny Spencer

Jenni Bradley Oct 2021

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

Pottery class review by Jenni Bradley

Dyranda Hortle Oct 2021

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

John Tabari Oct 2021

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews

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

Gregory Naud Oct 2021

Good equipment, encouraging and knowledgeable teacher and a great little keep sake at the end!

Make a Human Torso with Clay at Home review by Gregory Naud

Fiona Macneall Sep 2021

Great class. We really enjoyed. A good class to take with teenagers and the perfect activity for a rainy day.

Chantelle Dabrowski Sep 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This class was good but felt like a bit more instructions would be useful and would have been handy to know the kiln requirements beforehand and glaze to be used

Eric Emerick Sep 2021

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 11 reviews

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

Kate Jenkins Sep 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

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

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

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

Yuliia Allen Sep 2021

Thank you so much! We had a great time and tried something new!

Jennifer Xu Sep 2021

Really awesome experience! The instructor was patient and made the overall project very fun

Nicole Papworth Sep 2021

The class was more a narrated sculptor making a mug rather than a clear class. I'd suggest starting with explaining the steps and having some examples to show before we launch into doing.
In our teams conversation after the teacher left we all mentioned we were lost at many points and would have appreciated knowing what was coming next so we could have planned better. I don't think anyone in our class actually ended up with a successful mug and many of us had done pottery classes before.

Luke Shiell Sep 2021

I really enjoyed the class, it was calm and relaxing and it was nice to just work on a clay sculpture.

Giannella Merhi Sep 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

This was a great class for us beginners and so nice to do with our teen girls. We had a lot of fun

Giannella Merhi Sep 2021

This was fantastic especially for us beginners, this has definitely inspired me to pursue more works with clay - maybe make my own range of mugs.

Penny Spencer Sep 2021

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

Really enjoyable class to do ! Easy to follow/ well taught. I’ ve never tried sculpture before and feel inspired to keep learning more . I recommend it !

Learn Figurative Sculpting for Beginners review by Penny Spencer

Kristy Rogers Sep 2021

Really enjoyable session! A nice way to bring the team together while everyone is working remotely.

Janine Brundle Sep 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended

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

Amour Mah Sep 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews

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

Pottery class review by Amour Mah

Stefanie Kokkinakis Sep 2021

A lovely activity to do during lockdown and a super easy way to get started with clay!

Jacinta Simcox Sep 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Relaxed session and great introduction to using clay. Enjoyed the experience and on line availibity

Sarah Redmond Sep 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

It was a really interesting class and quite messy, but we got right int here and made a mug, which I must say I'm very proud of!

Lauren Sargeant Sep 2021

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

I loved this class. I am really happy with what I've created and can't wait to make more planters. I liked how Irina taught a variety of techniques so we could choose what we wanted our finished planter to look like.

Alina Selwin Sep 2021

Really enjoyed the class. Loved the kit provided. Very interactive and Irina guided me step by step from the beginning. 100% would recommend this class to others. <3

Vittorio Lim Sep 2021

I enjoyed this activity.
I feel that a short explanation of how it would all come together before starting would help people follow along.
All in all, it was a constructive and fun break from lockdown boredom. Thank you.

Stefanie Corcoglioniti Sep 2021

Thank you so much ! It was such a fun session, very patient and helpful with everyone’s questions.

Ramya Kumar Aug 2021

Great fun and interactive session. Our tutpr was very supportive and responsive to queries and requests for feedback!

James Dalton Aug 2021

38 ClassBento workshops attended • 33 reviews

This was such a great class. We really enjoyed getting our hands into the clay. It was great being able to choose our own colours and what we wanted to make.

We have since done more pottery and still loving it.

DIY Marbled Mug Craft Kit with Crystals review by James Dalton

Annabelle Welsh Aug 2021

We loved Irina’a class and learnt so much about the human form, highly recommend for a team building activity or if you have always wanted to learn how to sculpt. thanks Irina

Make a Human Torso with Clay at Home review by Annabelle Welsh

Shirley Reeder Aug 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

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.

Riley Tombs Aug 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Loved this class Our teacher was so great always wanting to assist us and guide where we should adjust areas. She gave great instructions too - the clay was easy to work with and the tools in the pack were good quality too!

Pottery class review by Riley Tombs

Rebeca Guo Aug 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I really enjoy this class! Thank you so much. Will do more in the future.

Matilda Aug 2021

78 ClassBento workshops attended • 47 reviews

A lovely little introduction into figurative sculpture. Clear and easy to understand for all levels.

Learn Figurative Sculpting for Beginners review by Matilda

Brook Hendricks Aug 2021

Great class! Loved trying something new and it was awesome to have received everything ahead of time in the mailed kit. I could have used double the amount of the plastic covering to avoid the huge mess on my countertop as I would have wrapped my table in baking paper beforehand if I knew how messy I would get! That said, I would have benefitted from a few more instructions beforehand, including recommended mug types to have prepared for the session. We also went over the allocated time by a fair bit - we had a chatty group which likely contributed to it but we did start making our mug right away and I still felt like I had to rush to catchup to the instructor being such a newbie to pottery. Overall I loved this class and will recommend to my friends and colleagues. THANK YOU!

Carrie Inne Aug 2021

I know it can be hard to set up at home but I sometimes found it hard to see what was happening through the laptop camera and was behind for most of the time. Otherwise it was a new experience and would do it again!
Thanks so much!

Teacher's response

Hi Carrie, thank you for your review. I am using 2021 ipad pro which is a very good camera, have the lights setup in my studio that point at me while teaching and use high- quality headphones too. We unfortunately also had trouble seeing you last night, and I always invite people to talk to me, speak up if they want me to show them a close up of anything or to repeat anything you were behind with. Hope to see you back for a class in the future !

Jasmin Lin Aug 2021

61 ClassBento workshops attended • 61 reviews

fun class, liked how my platter looks, look forward to using it when glazed and fired

Charlotte Chaplin Aug 2021

The team had a great time and were able to join in via video call. There was a lot of laughter and fun had by all.

James Dalton Aug 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We had so much fun doing this class. It was so lovely getting our hands dirty and learning about sculpting mugs

Make Your Own Unique Mug review by James Dalton

Charlotte McKewen Aug 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This was the perfect Sunday wind down to do with my girlfriends! Irina was fantastic and more than happy to give each of us individual feedback on all of our sculptures. Would definitely recommend this class, it's relaxing and fun wrapped into one!

Pottery class review by Charlotte McKewen

Jean Parlett Aug 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

I was lucky to have my class one on one. The teacher is very easy to follow and gave me great advice as I went along. I have never done clay sculpting before, let alone studied anatomy and was pleased with the outcome. I am confident to put the finishing touches to the torso on my own.

Pottery class review by Jean Parlett

Camila Galizzi Aug 2021

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

I had a beautiful experience with this class. I've never done anything with clay before and I can reassure it's totally beginner friendly. Irina sent all the materials needed for the class and I also ended up with more to work on future projects! She guided me through it all and provided me with references and recommendations. Now I'm just waiting for my piece to dry so I can paint it :)

Make a Human Torso with Clay at Home review by Camila Galizzi

Jo Dunster Aug 2021

My teacher was nice and got straight into the class. There was a lot to cover and I should have taken her advice and gotten one of the tumblers as I got a bit muddled trying to use my own container for creating my form. It was a fun way to do something with my partner and makes me want to try other zoom classes.

Virginia Lewis Jul 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

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

Rez Cabala Jul 2021

21 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews

This was such a good class! Irina is such a lovely teacher and paces the class very well. You get heaps of opportunity to ask questions and chat to the teacher. Exactly what I needed during lockdown! Thank you so much!

Sofia Fuller-Smith Jul 2021

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

Mary Condos Jul 2021

Irina hosted our Mum's virtual birthday party with a private DIY Clay Hanging Planter.

Whilst it was online, we felt as though the class ran really smoothly and had a great experience.

Irina was patient with us and took the time to explain each step.

100% would recommend this class!

Mark Moskvitch Jul 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fantastic class and great teacher. Irina explained everything really well and gave constant feedback on my work.

Would highly recommend this course and would do it again. The online format worked really well.

The hands on experience and focus on preparation have opened up a whole new world of creative outlet for me.

Louise Smith Jul 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

We really enjoyed Irena’s class. We did it together as a family with our teenage children and it was a great way to spend time as a family, especially during lockdown. Irena was very flexible and gave wonderful advice. We each ended up with a very unique figure. Thank you Irena. :-)

Charmaine Smit Jul 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Highly recommend this class. Was good fun and I learned a lot in such a short time. Thank you!

Taylor Kanty Jul 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Had a really good time taking this class, and was a great lockdown activity. There could have been more instruction however, from Irina. A few things that would have helped:
1. Giving us a warning as to how much clay to use at the beginning, if we want a handle, noting that we need clay for the bottom of the mug, for the 'glue paste', etc.
2. Noting how to use the colours, and that instead of mushing them into the clay, it should be more 'painted' on the outside to help the colour appear.
3. Setting up-front what we should be using the colours for. I ended up using all of my colours to mix into the clay, and wasn't made aware that we still needed the colour to paint the mug after.
4. Giving more guidance on the size of the mugs. I did my class with 3 other people, and I can guarantee that none of our mugs will look anything like the examples in the pictures.
I would recommended this class to others as all supplies were accounted for and it was fun, however I think it just needs some further instruction.

Teacher's response

Taylor, thank you for taking the time for such a thorough review of the class.

I regret to see that our communication wasn’t too successful, because in my opinion I did explain it all and more, but i do respect that this technique may not be your cup of tea and that we are not all always on the same page.

Regarding your mugs not being the same as the picture- no two art pieces are ever the same, not even from the same person. That is the point and one of the main rules of creation. This is not the puzzle to be put together to look identical as mine ( which one?- they are all different) but the path and guidance on how to create “Your Own Unique Mug” as the title states.

If there is anything I can do to help, you have my email and are welcome to ask for free bonus guidance as I offer to everyone who find the class a bit overwhelming.

Pauline Beasley Jul 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Class was convenient online and we were able to discuss glazing techniques I was particularly interested in. Lots of helpful information

Norma Shalley Jul 2021

An enjoyable evening. Friendly instructor and even as complete beginners we are very satisfied with our end product (clay mug).

Frances Bullock Jun 2021

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

Jessica Douglass Jun 2021

93 ClassBento workshops attended • 84 reviews

Great class. Everything you needed was included in the box and the teacher was very knowledgeable

Molly Woodhouse Jun 2021

Such a great class, well taught, with great tips and demonstrations with a beautiful finished product. Thank you!

Annie Tan Jun 2021

Overall it was a fun experience, and the ambience of the room was enjoyable, with nice music, drinks and conversations around the table. The techniques were accessible and manageable and the emails before and after the class were clear and instructive. Irina had a sense of humour and gave us freedom to experiment with our own choices. I had a good time. However, the class was quite big and there were others who needed more help than I did, so there wasn't much one-on-one time with the instructor and direct help wasn't readily available. I would recommend going with a friend or two, and with smaller class sizes.

Pottery class review by Annie Tan - Sydney

Teacher's response

Annie, thank you for taking the time for your review.
Unfortunately, in group classes one-on-one time is understandably limited and I advise on following my step- by step thorough demonstration.

I feel it’s a necessity to give people freedom to enjoy, socialise and get creative without me hovering over them constantly. I still show and explain every single step without an exception.

Groups are now limited to 12 which allows everyone to get my attention within 2.5-3 hrs if they only speak up. I am very enthusiastic about teaching, just seeking for that balance between a lecture and an experience.

Kim Cardwell Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I received all the required materials and had heaps of fun learning how to go through the steps to make my mug.
I felt well taken care of with her eyes over my work every step of the way providing feedback for necessary adjustments.
I can't wait to fire my mug and start using it, I'm so happy with the end result!
Thank you so much