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 6

label $100 (or 4 payments of $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.

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 either one on one or in small groups of 4-6 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 choose their one favourite pot to leave at the studio. Teacher to trim and glaze fire them. Students will also get to 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
  • One pot 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 towels and aprons.
  • Please ensure your nails are trimmed short and long hair should be either tied back or pulled away from the face.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

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


3a Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters NSW and 3a/1-7 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters NSW (varies by date; click the date selector to see details)

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Shinhee Ma
Shinhee Ma

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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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Kathleen Dinsmore Nov 2023

Warm and helpful teacher. Easy to follow instructions. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend.

Niki Sakoutis Oct 2023

Shinhee is a very skilled, patient and encouraging artist, making our beginners class memorable, worthwhile and fun.
Thank you Shinhee.

Art Bae Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The class was super fun! The instructor was thorough and helpful, She dedicated enough time to demo, help out when needed and gave us space to experiment as well. Highly recommended for beginners !

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Art Bae - Sydney

Jo-Anne Gilbey Sep 2023

We had a wonderful morning with Shinhee, and to our surprise actually managed to make a number of items in our first class as well as having heaps of fun.

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Jo-Anne Gilbey - Sydney

Suma Sukumar Aug 2023

Thank you so much Shinhee for a fantastic class for our family - we had lots of fun and learnt a lot! We would love to come back for more practice :-) Thank you again - we would highly recommend this class!

Ronald Lai Aug 2023

Great first time experience, learnt a lot within 2 hours. Very skilled and friendly teacher.

Billie McGrane Aug 2023

Such a fun way to spend a morning. All materials were provided and the group was small enough that we got full attention from the teacher through out. Shinhee was lovely. She did a great demo and was super helpful providing individual tips and rescuing our creations from the brink of disaster.

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Billie McGrane - Sydney

Sonia Miller Aug 2023

Shinhee, the teacher was absolutely great. Very professional, great knowledge, patient
and very easy to understand, must have been as I made 5 items for a beginner it says a lot about the teacher.
The venue was great, the materials provided was good.
Great value for money
Learned so much about wheel throwing and to produce 5 items was excellent
All of it, the time simply passed so quickly, and thumbs up for the teacher

Pottery class review by Sonia Miller - Sydney

Hannah Nagel Aug 2023

Such a fun morning. Our teacher was so patient and kind. Great experience all around!

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Hannah Nagel - Sydney

Yuki Nakai Aug 2023

Nice basic class with everything provided. I like how we got to practice what we learned a lot.
Shinhee was very kind and explained very clearly.

Madeleine Farris Aug 2023

Fantastic teacher and such a fun experience, we learnt so much and are ready for the three week course!

Jacqueline Stofmeel Apr 2023

Shinhee was a very good teacher: patient and willing to give guidance where needed.
It was a great introduction to wheel throwing!
Loved this class!

Pottery class review by Jacqueline Stofmeel - Sydney

Melanie Wood Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great to be introduced to the technique of wheel throwing by a master in her craft Shinhee

James Gair Dec 2022

Fantastic experience! The teacher was constructive and skilled, correcting any centering errors when I couldn't help myself. The facilities were very clean and enjoyable to work in.

Karen Trimboli Nov 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended

The teacher was very patient and lovely .
She helped with any questions I had and made the experience an enjoyable one

Wheel Throwing Class for Beginners review by Karen Trimboli - Sydney

Anthony Mancini Oct 2022

Super friendly. Plenty of guidance and help :) Really clear demonstrations helped me understand the process.

Devin Rajakaruna Oct 2022

Venue was nice and close parking at the nearby metro. The class was excellent. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it, and doing it with another couple was quite fun too. The teacher was super friendly and helpful and really guided us through everything. Overall a great experience and I'll definitely be coming again.

Giselle Romeo Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended

It was wonderful and great. Shinhee is an amazing teacher, she makes the day. We got so much out of it much more than expected.

Stacey Jensen Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Was meet with warm welcome by staff / teacher upon arrival. Was very instructive and friendly. All material provided and also able to keep select pieces of your works once completed. Would highly recommend Clay Cartel to anyone wanting to learn clay wheeling and more.

Helen Reese Jun 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Shinhee was extremely patient and worked beautifully with myself and my grand daughter. We learnt a great deal and made some beautiful products to take home.

Claire Barnes Jun 2022

Shinhee was an excellent teacher and managed our expectations extremely well. The demonstration was helpful and accompanied by clear explanations. Telling us that it took herself 3 months to centre the clay successful each time really helped when it was our turns on the wheel.
The time flew by and with a disaster each, we had made 4 acceptable pots.
Saddest thing to do was discard the failures to end up with only 2 items each to fire and glaze.
I wanted to fire three, as I go the hang of it.

It would be nice to have a follow up classes where you learn to trim the leather clay and the after bisque fire get to glaze. I understand that this is too difficult to manage. Shinhee mentioned her 3 week class which I intend to look up.

Definitely recommend wearing older clothes, as the clay gets everywhere if you are a little energetic.

Sarah Hagarty Jun 2022

Had a fabulous time with my mum at this beginner wheel throwing class with Shinhee. Shinhee was super friendly and patient as we got used to using the wheel, opening and shaping our pieces. We made five unique pieces and chose our two favourite ones to be glazed and fired in the kiln. Lovely experience and being just mum and I, Shinhee was very attentive and helpful. Loved it and cannot wait to see our pieces!

Ben Jones Jun 2022

Shinhee is an excellent teacher and was incredibly patient with my wife Fiona, who is recovering from a brain injury. The class was perfect for beginners and Shinhee was more than happy to go slower and repeat things again and again for my wife when needed.

Fiona had a wonderful time and she highly recommends the class. She is looking forward to doing it again in the future!

Andrew Zhao May 2022

Shinhee was amazing, was very patient with beginners and was very helpful in guiding through the whole wheel throwing process! Definitely recommend and would go back again Had an amazing time!

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

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.

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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