Small Ceramic Sculpture Workshop Series

Small Ceramic Sculpture Workshop Series

Learn how to design and make small sculptures

Over 50 people have attended this class


This class is a four week series, designed to bring you through brain storming, inspiration gathering, small creature/sculpture design, sculpting techniques, and ceramic painting.

It is a relaxed, friendly, LGBTQI+ safe class. Beginners are very welcome. You'll have the freedom to create whatever small creatures or sculptures you would like, with guidance on ceramic and painting techniques along the way. 

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

You'll come away at the end of the four sessions with a series of sculptures you've designed, created, painted and glazed. All materials and firing costs are included in the price.

Class week by week:

Week 1: Ceramic theory, sculpture design process and techniques

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

Week 3: Finish off your pieces in order for them to be bisque fired and ready to be painted next week

Week 4: Paint your creations 

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 small ceramics creation
  • Ceramic painting with coloured slips
  • Ceramic sculpture for small figures, from design process to creation

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

(125 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.


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5.0 (20 reviews)
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Darianrated it
13 Sep 2023
I had way more fun than I thought I would. I love the environment and encouragement I got from both the host and other participants. Highly recommend!
Tessarated it
02 Aug 2023
Such a wonderful experience! Aoife is such a great teacher. We learned techniques and built figures in a safe and secure environment. I would recommend the class to anyone.
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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 reserved for students who are sick/cannot attend due to extraordinary circumstances. 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
  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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