Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug

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



2.5 hours Class size 8 to 14     label $119

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  • If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend this class anytime
  • If you're not fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you can attend from 1st Dec onwards

Learn how to make your own unique mug in this Sydney workshop! 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 Irina will demonstrate making a unique texture pattern or marble effect and a special shape pottery piece. As shown in the photos, the options are numerous.

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!

Please note: Everything made of ceramic must be fired in ceramic kilns. The colour that you see inside of the mug is a glaze. Glazing comes after the first firing and must be fired again. Firing is cheap and you will get the information on where to do it during the class.

You are welcome to attend Irina's online 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.

There is an option to leave your piece to fire two times and glaze with your host, it just requires you to have a great deal of patience and can wait for over a month. An additional fee applies.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Leave your piece with me to be fired one time (excludes glazing) ($15)
  • Let your teacher glaze it from inside for you ( one-colour inside, possible clear on the outside to show your pattern) and fire again ($15)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No prior knowledge needed.
 
What you'll get
  • Fresh clay cube, ready to use.
  • A tool to cut, shape and carve.
  • Paintbrush (small).
  • Pigment (ceramic stain and/OR oxides) to paint fresh clay and create a pattern of your choice; two colours per person ( you can mix and match).
  • Sponge for smoothing the edges.
  • Rolling pins.
  • Moulds for shapes of mugs ( tumblers).
  • Different textures and paints.
  • More materials (make two if you can, no extra charge!).
  • Chilled Water, Coffee and Tea and biscuits (soy and cows' milk).
What to bring
You can BYO drinks (alcohol is ok).
 
Suitable for

This class is great for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.


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

Location

Bustle Studios - Bustle Studios, 457 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW

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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Fiona Macneall Sep 2021


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

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 workshop review by Annie Tan


Reply from this teacher:

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.

Auna Jornayvaz Jun 2021


It was a nice break for my girlfriends and me! The teacher was nice, but could have done a bit better job of explaining everything without slowing it down so much. Overall it was a great afternoon away and I highly recommend it!

Janette Toll Jun 2021


Our teacher Irena was generous, kind, well prepared and a good/patient teacher for a newcomer to pottery like me
The materials supplied were great and very neatly packaged.
The venue was a comfortable, calm inspiring space with very clean amenities, good coffee & snacks.
I made a mug

Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug review by Janette Toll
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