Make Your Own Unique Mug

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Discover a unique way of making a mug with your personal imprint

70 mins Class size 1 to 12 (public dates), 1 to 25

label $79 - $119 (or 4 payments of $19.75 - $29.75 Afterpay)
($119 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $99 for 2+ guests, $89 for 4+ guests, $79 for 10+ guests)

This is a ClassBento virtual Live/Box class! From the comfort of your home, share an artisan experience with your friends, family or colleagues, or enjoy with like-minded others. Our Live/Box classes have been featured on The Guardian, TimeOut, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue, and more. Here's how it works:

  1. Book or Request your preferred time
  2. We'll deliver a ClassBento Box to you - this is a physical DIY craft kit containing the materials you'll need. Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
  3. Enjoy the online class. After booking, you'll receive a link to a Zoom meeting. At the time of the class, use that link to join. During the class, you can easily ask questions and get immediate responses. Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

Learn how to make your own unique mug in this live online class! You will discover so many possibilities of building that perfect mug without using a pottery wheel.

Your mug can have a handle or not, be tall and slim or wide and short, with a belly or without. And it can also be in your favourite colours inside and out.

Your teacher will demonstrate making a unique texture pattern or marble effect or special shape pottery piece. In your craft box, you will be supplied with sufficient materials to build your mug and to apply the amount of colourants to your wet piece, prior to firing.

Your teacher will also instruct you on how and where to fire your piece and all the rest you need to do to complete your perfectly functional mug and be able to drink your morning tea or coffee from your art piece. It does feel great drinking from something hand-built!

Idea is to include short description about what colours and style you prefer- You can refer to photos exhibited here. That way, your teacher will be able to send you the perfect combination of materials and tools so that you get what you want.

Also, please choose the complexity level at the check-out, to avoid misunderstandings. You can also advise your teacher at the beginning of the class with awareness that complexity of the piece dictates the time we need to make it ( you may need to finish it on your own, but you will be supplied with all the information you possibly need)
Metallics ( such as gold and silver) are not part in this class - you can achieve it only by glazing later on.

Pleas note: Everything made of Ceramic must be fired in ceramic kilns. Colour that you see inside of the mug is a glaze. Glazing comes after 1st firing and must be fired again. Firing is cheap and you will get the information where to do it.

You are welcome to attend Irina's glazing and firing class after this one, but during this class, you will learn the basic rules on how to proceed with completing your mug.

Add-on available for this class

Tumbler (metal or bamboo) that will serve as a mould for building your mug ($7)

You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge Required
No prior knowledge needed.
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Fresh clay cube, ready to use- 600- 650 g
  • A tool to cut, shape and carve.
  • Paint brush ( small )
  • Pigment (ceramic stain and/OR underglaze ) to paint fresh clay and create a pattern of your choice; 2 colours per box
  • Plastic sheet for handling the slab.
  • Sponge for smoothing the edges
What you'll need
  • Rolling Pin
  • Have a sturdy working space, any strong table will do.
  • A cup with tap water.
  • Cup (tumbler) without a handle that will help us build a mug in the case you do not order one from me.
Suitable for

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

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

Your teacher

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Hi, I'm Irina.

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

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

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


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Leah Cuthbert  •  Apr 2021

Great fun! And very practical, easy to follow and adaptable - I could make a GIANT mug for my GIANT cups of tea Thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday morning class Thanks Irina

Mei Alford  •  Mar 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Irina was a patient teacher, the materials supplied were more than enough. Good fun experience! Thanks Irina.

Emma Walton  •  Mar 2021

I had Great fun. Wouldn’t mind doing this class again as using the clay was easier than I thought it would be

Isabel Hernandez  •  Feb 2021

Great class with a great tutor. Very in-depth and instructive. Would suggest to anyone looking to broaden their interests

Hana Kwon  •  Feb 2021

The session was a great learning experience for the team! The Teacher was able to explain the steps in a very clear manner and answer all questions the team had along the way. The team really enjoyed it - thank you for leading this for us!

Madeleine Lind  •  Jan 2021

This class was the perfect team activity, and our host was quick to respond and very helpful. Highly recommend.

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Dorota Krason  •  Dec 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Irina did a great job teaching us how to make a simple clay mug. Her instructions were easy to follow and everyone’s mugs turned out looking really good! Looking forward to firing the mugs later to see the finished product. It was a really good introduction to mug making for first-timers.

Thanks Irina for leading the class and answering all our questions.

Claire Cooke  •  Nov 2020

32 ClassBento workshops attended • 27 reviews

I had never tried something like this before. The class was a gentle introduction and I learnt some cool things. Very glad I got the mold - that made life much easier.

Megan Andriessen  •  Nov 2020

A relaxed way to spend an hour on a Sunday. A very patient teacher who was also generous with her knowledge and really keen to help at every step of the process. I’m hoping I’ll get the opportunity to do another class very soon.

Sandy Hedger  •  Oct 2020

We had so much fun and Irina was so patient with our inexperienced giggling group. Highly recommend!

Monika Patsali  •  Oct 2020

I didn't receive the cup mould. Class seems a bit pricey for whats involved.

Also wasn't aware there was extra work and more costs involved to complete product post the tutorial.

More time is required for the class in order to allow more questions.

Great teacher very informative and easy to follow. I will recommend for other people.

Reply from this teacher:

Dear Monika,

I am truly sorry that you did not have a good experience in my class but I am asking you kindly to thoroughly read the listing prior to booking so that we avoid any disappointments.

You have not received a cup mould because you have not ordered one.

When you choose not to purchase one- listing advises to have one handy- under “ things you’ll need”.

Firing and glazing that you are addressing to as an additional work and effort is inevitable part of ceramic art and it has been so since its invention.

My listing mentions it in many points, i will try to highlight it more.

Further- I am really trying to teach people a unique techniques that I myself have came up with, and I thought that trying to teach more advanced things are bonus rather than a flaw, and I wish you have advised in the beginning of the class that you prefer a simpler option.

Finally, I have made my class longer for you and I will for everyone who needs more time- I even offer additional consultations and feedback should you need any in my follow up email.

My offer to help you finish your mug successfully still stands.


Naomi Hawking  •  Oct 2020

Really fun lesson! I learned so much and I can't wait to use my new mug!

Elyse Lithgow  •  Sep 2020

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

One on one classes for me are a little awkward but the teacher had some good advice and was knowledgeable.

Megan Darwish  •  Sep 2020

Irina was very patient and helpful and dealt well with the online factor.
Our team all had a great time with the activity. Thank you!

Noor Hoblos  •  Aug 2020

Irina was a wonderful host. She was very patient and provided a lot of feedback during and after the class. This was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.
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