Pottery Workshop: Make Your Own Unique Mug

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



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 12 (public classes), 4 to 20

label $89 - $119 ($119 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $109 for 2+ guests, $99 for 6+ guests, $89 for 10+ guests)

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

Your teacher Irina will demonstrate making a unique texture pattern or marble effect and a hand-built cylinder mug. Your mug can finally be in your favourite colours inside and out prior to glazing!

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.

There is an option to leave your piece to be fired two times and glazed 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.


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Save $20 when you book with a friend

Add-on available for this class
  • Leave your mug with your teacher to be fired and glazed white from inside ( this process takes a long time , as it’s two firing and glazing) ($20)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No prior knowledge needed.
 
What you'll get
  • Fresh clay cube, ready to use.
  • Access to tools to cut, shape and carve.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pigment (ceramic stain and/OR oxides) to paint fresh clay and create a pattern of your choice ( you can mix and match).
  • Sponge for smoothing the edges.
  • Rolling pins.
  • Different paints.
  • water, coffee and tea and biscuits (soy and cows' milk available).
What to bring
You can BYO drinks (alcohol is ok).
 
Location

250 Riley Street, Surry Hills NSW and 250 Riley Street, Surry Hills (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

Your teacher
imakesculptures
imakesculptures

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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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Hannah Sexton Jul 2022


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

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.

Ted Bui Jul 2022


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.

Kenneth Chong Jun 2022


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

Pottery workshop review by Kenneth Chong

Victoria Marriott Jun 2022


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 workshop review by Victoria Marriott

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

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Alice Thachasongtham Apr 2022


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

Pottery workshop review by Alice Thachasongtham

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.

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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