Ceramic Sculpture Art Course

Ceramic Sculpture Art Course

Ceramic sculpture, Hand building, Glazing

Next Available: Wed, 14 Aug 6:30PM (AEST)
2 hours x 6 Weeks
Over 50 people have attended this class


This six-week course is designed to set you up with a solid foundation in the art practice of ceramic sculpture. From techniques for small sculpture, medium sculpture, underglazing, and clear glazing, to ceramic theory and basic kiln firing knowledge.

Ceramic sculpture artist Aoife Billings will teach you every step and process she uses to make her own ceramic sculptures.

After a series of lessons to teach you the foundations of ceramic sculpture and ceramic theory, the course will be tailored to your needs to create the artworks you want to make with one on one technique demonstrations. 

It is a relaxed, friendly, LGBTQI+ safe class. All ceramic skill levels welcome.

As always with Aoife's workshops, there's never pressure for perfectionism, we will prioritise process, learning, play and community.

All materials and firing costs are included in the price.

Class week by week:

Week 1: Ceramic theory, techniques for small sculpture 

Week 2: Apply sculpting techniques, play with ideas to create a series of creatures/figures/sculptures

Week 3: Extended ceramic theory, sculpture design process and techniques for medium sculpture

Week 4: Participants continue creating sculptures they would like to make with more specific techniques taught by Aoife, depending on what is needed

Week 5: Glaze and Underglaze theory, painting sculptures 

Week 6: Underglazing + clear glazing, tour of the kiln room for some basic kiln firing theory


Sliding scale pricing for First Nation and Concession card holders

Afterpay is also available for all bookings

Covid Safety:

Let Aoife know if you have covid, been in contact with someone who has covid, or you have symptoms; Aoife will reschedule your ticket for a date in the future.

Your Teacher:

Aoife Billings (she/her) is a Narrm (Melbourne) based interdisciplinary artist with a dedicated practice of ceramics. She has been teaching art workshops for over seven years, including at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Shepparton Art Museum, Monash University, numerous local councils and Pink Ember Studio. Aoife co-founded Pink Ember Studio (Coburg North) in 2018, an artist-run not-for-profit which has 19 studio artists, an events and workshop space, as well as a dedicated ceramics studio.

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What you will learn

  • Multiple hand building techniques for sculpture
  • Ceramic painting with coloured slips
  • Everything you need to know to start a practice of ceramic sculpture of small to medium sizes

What you will get

  • A series of small sculptures, hand made by you!
  • Vital ceramics knowledge!
  • A zine with ceramics hints and tips

What to bring

  • Hand towel
  • Drink bottle
  • Apron or wear mess clothes

What to wear

Mess clothes

Appropriate for

Ages 8+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

Pink Ember Studio

(140 Reviews)

Pink Ember is proudly a queer artist-run initiative. Beyond its well-crafted workshops, this space serves as a centre for artists, providing art studios, exhibitions, and events by artists.

Central to Pink Ember's ethos is creating a safe, warm, welcoming environment. All class sizes are kept small for more individual attention, and we are committed to making our workshop experiences as accessible as possible. 

Pink Ember has a dedicated ceramics studio as part of the larger venue.

By coming to a ceramic workshop at Pink Ember’s specialised ceramics studio, taught by ceramic fine artists and very experienced teachers Georgia Howard and Aoife Billings, you are welcomed to be part of our community of artists and locals who regularly attend our events and workshops.

Contact: pinkemberceramics@gmail.com

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5.0 (24 reviews)
Dakotarated it
15 Mar 2024
A really great class, so glad I took it. You learn techniques and skills and get 1:1 help to guide you through any mishaps or questions you have along the way. Aoife is an excellent teacher, and the vibe of the class is really laid back and relaxing. Absolutely recommend!
Anurated it
15 Mar 2024
Nice small size class and I enjoyed making cute little sculptures.
Rachelrated it
14 Mar 2024
This was such a fun class and I learned so many skills that I'll take away. Looking forward to playing around with some clay at home.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Policy (terms and conditions for you)

  1. Please attend all classes of the series you've booked into. Limited fill in classes are reserved for students who are sick/cannot attend due to extraordinary circumstances. If a participant is warranted a fill in class, that fill in class is final, and cannot be rescheduled if missed. Get in contact ASAP if you cannot attend a class you have booked into 
  2.  LIABILITY WAIVE -  Pink Ember will not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into the premises.
  3. PHOTO & VIDEO - By booking in, you agree to give Pink Ember unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at classes and events or on the premises. (Let us know on the day if you don’t want to be photographed)
  4. BEHAVIOUR - If a participant's behaviour is racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, abusive, violent, threatening or discriminatory, Pink Ember staff have the right to ask such person/persons to leave the premises immediately.
  5. COVID - If you are required to isolate or have Covid during class times, please contact Aoife the workshop manager as soon as possible via aoifebillings@gmail.com
  6. NEWSLETTER - By booking into a workshop at Pink Ember Studio, you agree to be put on the Pink Ember newsletter. A monthly update of what’s happening at the studio - e.g upcoming events, markets, and workshops. You can unsubscribe easily by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of the newsletter.

Our part of the customer service policy

  • To provide a safe, clean, supportive, creative environment in which to learn and develop your craft.
  • To provide individual attention as much as possible to each participant, making sure you are getting the most out of your workshop experience.
  • We will be on time and attentive
  • We will endeavour to respond to customer enquiries or complaints within 24 hours
  • If for any reason we have to cancel a class, we will provide the customer with a full refund or credit to attend another workshop.
  • Customer complaints will be taken very seriously. If you are unsatisfied in anyway please do not hesitate to let us know. By filling out our consumer survey at the end of the lesson you will be helping us greatly in adjusting our service delivery to the needs of our valued customers.

Disability access

Wheelchair access to our studio will be available. If a customer requires an assistant such as a disability support worker, or sign language interpreter, they are welcome to bring them to the workshop without additional cost.



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