Pottery Class: Japanese Style Kurinuki Carving

Make Kurinuki carved planter

2 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $69 (or 4 payments of $17 Afterpay)

Looking for unique things to do in Adelaide? Come and learn the art of Kurinuki, a Japanese form of hand-building pottery, in this hands-on class in Hawthorndene!

Taught by expert potter, Alison Arnold, you'll quickly be immersed in the meditative process as you handle your clay and bring your pottery creation to life.

Using a block of clay, you'll carve the exterior and interior of your piece away to create the form you want. This kind of hand-building is considered a more instinctual method of working with clay, allowing shapes and textures to evolve as the pot is formed.

The Kurinuki method of ceramic production results in sculptural but functional pots. After handcrafting this special piece of pottery, you'll be proud to use and admire your creation at home for many years to come.

At the end of the beginner-friendly class, you'll leave your creation at the studio and it will be ready for collection after firing and glazing, approximately three to four weeks after class.

Knowledge required
Ideal for beginners.
What you'll get
  • Expert tuition with an experienced potter.
  • All clay and materials to hand build your own piece of Kurinuki pottery.
  • Firing and glazing of your ceramics (which will be ready to collect three to four weeks after the class).
What to bring
Wear some comfy clothes that you don't mind getting messy in.
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, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.

Red Bird Studio Art has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.


Hawthorndene, SA

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Red Bird Studio Art
Red Bird Studio Art

4.9 (35)

Alison is a full-time studio potter and teacher living in the Adelaide Hills. She has been making pots for over 30 years but clay has been a part of her life from early childhood. Memories include hands in the sticky red ‘Murram’ mud in Kenya where she spent several years as a child, and at high school in the UK creating elaborate sculptural animals and Celtic inspired coil pots.

Alison began formal studies as soon as she came to live in Australia in 1999 gaining a BA at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. She then took up a place on the associate training scheme at the JamFactory in Adelaide and continued as a studio tenant. Before setting up her own studio she took up further study at the University of South Australia obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management.

Alison has built up an extensive library of forming and decorating techniques and enjoys sharing these with students as well as using them to make and decorate pots from the functional to the whimsical. Drinking vessels, bowls, kitchenware are thrown on the wheel with practical simplicity or delicately formed by hand into ultra-fine porcelain objects. She relishes every part of the process of making from design stage and consideration of form and function to indulging in the elaborate, highly decorated whimsy of exhibition pieces.

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Sharon Bond Jun 2021

The afternoon was fabulous. I made items and loved how we were taught and the experience was excellent

Pottery workshop review by Sharon Bond Sydney

Wendy Ottaway Mar 2021

Four of my family attended Alison's Kurinuki workshop for a birthday present. We had a wonderful 2 hours doing new creativity with a great tutor. It was very relaxed and we were supplied with everything we needed - materials, equipment, suggestions and ideas, and the location and sunny autumn afternoon made a very happy experience for all of us - very inspiring, thanks to Alison.

Simone Brook Mar 2021

Alison was really knowledgeable and a great teacher. We made multiple pieces working with different clays and got to try out different decorative techniques. I would recommend this course to anyone looking for a fun and creative activity.
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