Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners

Experiment and learn how to make your own ceramics at this fun beginner’s wheel throwing class!

2 hours Class size 1 to 2

label $145 (or 4 payments of $36.25 Afterpay)

On the search for hands-on Sydney experiences? Discover how to work with clay on the wheel at this introductory wheel throwing class in Marrickville.

This informative and fun class will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare clay, centre your ball of clay and throw different shapes using a wheel.

Our pottery classes are usually one on one or in small groups of two people so you can learn more throwing techniques in detail and receive guidance and advice throughout the session.

At the end of the workshop, students will get to pick two of their favourite pots to leave at the studio to dry and fire and also pick the glaze of their own choice.

Please note:
We will email you once the work is fired and glazed so you can arrange collection. It takes about four weeks from drying to firing to glazing.

Knowledge required
Beginners welcome. No knowledge is required.
What you'll get
  • Two pots that you create.
  • A glaze of your choice.
  • All materials and tools will be provided.
What to bring
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and wear something you don't mind getting clay on or bring an apron.
  • Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we encourage everyone to bring their own hand towel.
  • Facial masks must be worn during class as it is difficult to do social distancing.
  • Please ensure your nails are cut short and long hair should be either tied back or pulled away from the face.

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

See additional precautions taken   

I encourage everyone to wash their hands before and after the lesson. Hand washing soap will be provided but everyone needs to bring their own hand towel to wipe their hands and take them away.

All surfaces, equipment and tools will be wiped with disinfectant after the lesson.

If you become sick, please either email me or text me and I can always reschedule your lesson.


Clay Cartel - 35/76b Edinburgh Road, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher
Shinhee Ma
Shinhee Ma

4.8 (25)

Shinhee G. Ma is an Australian, freelance ceramic artist based in Sydney. She is specialised in making contemporary sculptural wares that are playful and functional for everyday use.

Shinhee’s passion for ceramics began when she was enrolled in ceramic course at TAFE. She has completed a B.A (Hons) degree in ceramics at Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) in 1999 and studied Master of Design at College of Fine Arts (UNSW COFA) in 2002. Shinhee has been working as a pewter cutlery/ giftware designer for five years after graduating university and has been teaching art and craft to children for many years.

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Lyn Truong Mar 2020

So much fun! We had a great time learning pottery as beginners. It was my friend’s birthday and Shinhee was able to accommodate us with a private lesson on a specific date. A great teacher, very patient and encouraging, she made it looked so easy and graceful. Although ours did not turn out to be like hers, we were pretty pleased with our efforts and get to keep 2 pieces each. Thank you Shinhee for a fun and memorable day.

Breiddy Wilches Mar 2020

I went to the clay studio with my boyfriend and it was a great experience. The teacher is so nice we learned a lot se loved our bowls I really recommend it

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Breiddy Wilches

Julian Ng Mar 2020

For those outside of this creative field, the beginners wheel throwing class with Shinhee is a unique and priceless experience. Shinhee is a very talented artist and patient teacher, who demonstrates and guides you through the whole process. My partner and I had a wonderful experience to play with the clay and understand how to prepare and shape it into different forms. Definitely a worthwhile and valuable class to take with your friends, family or loved ones.

Stephen Bloomfield Feb 2020

The experience was fun and interesting. The teacher was attentive and very approachable. Ended up with really nice clay items to take home.
The disapponting part was the fact we had to clean afterwards. I would expect this to be arranged for us and be included in the price. You don't wash in the restaurant after you eat, so why do you have to clean after this experience. I probably would have looked for another provider if I knew this was the case.


Response from the teacher: "I'm very sorry that you felt that way Stephen but same rules apply for cleaning afterwards for wheel throwing. Apparently it's same for every venue/class for throwing."

Pascale Charbonneau Feb 2020

The teacher was really nice and patient. She is good at teaching and since it's a small class (I was actually alone that day), she can really focus on details. I enjoyed that studio, although the location is a little hard to find. Overall great class!

Amanda Bisson Feb 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great location, parking available, teacher Shinhee very clear and patient with instructions, great to play on the wheel, overall really great class!

Pottery workshop review by Amanda Bisson

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Joanne Small Jan 2020

I'm glad the class was 2hrs, you need it. Had fun making a cup and a bowl. Teacher was very helpful. I don't think I could have done it on my own. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Belinda Nadile Dec 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Superb class. I was guided step by step, and the teacher was attentive, patient and meticulous in her demonstrations. As a beginner I would certainly recommend.

Nick Ostrovsky Dec 2019

I bought this class as a gift for my girlfriend’s birthday and it was a fun and enjoyable experience. We met Shinhee an expert potter with over 20 years experience in St Peters. We started the class rolling clay and then had a quick demo where she demonstrated the wheel throwing techniques such as centering the clay and opening it up into various forms such as bowls, planters and jugs. After the demo we had plenty of time to practice what we learnt with Shinhee close by to give us a hand. I found the class challenging at times but we were given plenty of clay at the start in case we stuffed up our works of art. At the end of the class we got to select two of our favourite works for firing and glazing by Shinhee ready in 4 weeks, and we got to choose from different types of glazing for no additional cost. This was a great class and fun way to spend your Sunday. Would definitely recommend for gifts, birthdays, etc

Roland Brown Dec 2019

Learn heaps with a very patient teacher. Very well structured and instructed. Thank you Shinhee for a very very productive 2 hours. I would highly recommend this short workshop!

Roland Brown

Jasmen Dang Nov 2019

My friend and I really enjoyed our class with Shinhee. She explained what she was doing thoroughly. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to try wheel throwing. The location was difficult to find as there wasn’t any signage and there was lots of construction in the area.

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Jasmen Dang

Ling Lim Nov 2019

It was a great class, Shin Hee was so hands on and a great teacher, she really ensured we had finished products in the end and explained things in detail. I would like more of an understanding into the processes following the wheelthrowing like the trimming etc, which I forgot to ask.

Pottery workshop review by Ling Lim Sydney

Rebecca Ling Nov 2019

Made bowls and cups. The teacher was very encouraging and amiable. Would highly recommend the course.

Lydia Rudd Nov 2019

Had a great time learning from Shinhee. She was very patient and kind. Such a great experience.

Madeline Oct 2019

Our teacher Shinhee was so kind and patient and beautiful! Such a fun class so relaxing. Thanks for a great workshop!

Pottery workshop review by Madeline  Sydney

Anna Bottaro Oct 2019

I really enjoyed the pottery class (beginners on the clay wheel) this morning and Shinhee was very helpful and a good teacher. The venue was good and would like to return back again to make some other clay items.
Yes value for money.
John & Anna

Oliver Tenwick Sep 2019

It was really good fun and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Shinhee was really friendly, very talented and a very good teacher.

Judy Chen Sep 2019

It is one of the best workshop we've ever taken! We've never done this before but Shinhee is very patient and helpful, she went through the process by creating demos first and gave us some helps while we were creating ours. We came up with few cups, bowls and new skills! Really enjoy this wheel throwing experience, super happy that we can join this workshop on our anniversary. Would do this again!

Lydia McDonnell Sep 2019

Shinhee was a great teacher - very patient and calm - and I enjoyed the class immensely. The studio was a pleasant place to work and everyone was very friendly. I enjoyed the process of working the clay and will definitely be back for more!

Pottery workshop review by Lydia McDonnell

Charmaine Smit Sep 2019

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great teacher and good value for money. I have never done this before and Shinhee was great at explaining what needed to be done. Got those pots out in no time

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Charmaine Smit

Silvana Castro-Martinez Sep 2019

The teacher was really helpful and polite and we came out with a great new skill that we’d like to try again. Word of advice, trim your nails ladies. Lots of fun, and you get to take home a couple creations as a souvenir too

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Silvana Castro-Martinez

Chris Lee Sep 2019

Shinhee was very helpful and encouraging throughout the workshop. The 2 hours went by really quickly and we managed to make a few bowls and cups (picking two of the ones we liked the most) which we can't wait to see when they are done. Would love to try again as I started to understand the forming of the clay near the end of the session :)

Eduardo Alvarez Aug 2019

Shinghee was extremely helpful and friendly. She was really patient with us and our awful clay kneading skills. We had so much fun and will definitely do it again

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Eduardo Alvarez

Matthew Heng Aug 2019

Completed a beginners wheel throwing class with Shinhee. We had no experience and she was very helpful and patient with us.

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Matthew Heng

Farha Nousheen Aug 2019

This class was really amazing! The teacher was really good to be teaching us and helping out throughout the class. I gifted this to my husband and he took the class. He enjoyed every bit of clay making, wheel throwing and delicately maneuvering. He would love to come back for more. She also let me stay in throughout 2 hours class and watch a spectator. Overall amazing experience for all those who want to be creative. Also, you get along 2 of your best made pots (glazed and shiny) after a few weeks as a remembrance of your first ever pot you made! ♥♥♥
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