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Beginner Clay Hand-building Workshop Series

Make and glaze ceramics in this two-part series!


In this workshop series, you’ll learn the basics of ceramic hand-building and simple glaze and colour design. This class is ideal for beginners with little or no experience, or anyone interested in learning the technical skills involved in making ceramics by hand. There are two sessions in total, held across a fortnight on Saturday. All your materials, tools and clay firing will be provided, along with tea and light refreshments as we learn and create together!

Session 1: Hand-building Basics
This session begins with an introduction to clay followed by a live art demonstration of two foundational hand-building techniques: Pinched Pottery and Coil Construction. We use these techniques to create everyday, functional objects without the need for a pottery wheel – such as tea cups, small mugs, spoons and trinket dishes! Participants will have total freedom to make their own individual pieces, and simple tools for incorporating texture will be introduced. There are no limits to what we can make with clay, so let’s get our hands dirty! This session is 2.5 hours.

Session 2: Glaze and Colour
After the first session, participants will return for an opportunity to glaze and colour their work. We’ll learn how to combine basic glazes and coloured underglazes to achieve different decorative effects. This will add the finishing touches to your pieces and personalise them! Glazing and colouring are exciting parts of the handmade process that will deepen your appreciation of ceramics. This session is 2 hours. We can’t wait to see you there!

Other Important Stuff

  • Collecting your work: Your clay creations will be fired after our last session, ready to collect in approximately 2-4 weeks from our studio. We can also organise delivery for an additional fee.
  • Workshop size: We run small group workshops of up to 5 participants to allow greater individual attention and a personalised experience. Please note a minimum of 2 participants is required per workshop. In the unlikely event a class is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we'll let you know via email straight away.
  • Studio photos: Our studio is at 1 Fiona Court, St Kilda. This is a different studio to the one shown in the photos, but just as beautiful! The exact same workshop content will be delivered.
  • Keeping safe: We are following DHHS guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19: (1) Provision of hand sanitisers and soaps; (2) Provision of extra tools to reduce sharing; (3) Thorough disinfecting of surfaces and tools between sessions.
  • Important note on accessibility: Our studio is located on the 3rd floor which is only accessible by stairs.
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What you will learn

  • How to create functional ceramics using hand-building techniques
  • Basic skills and knowledge in glaze and colour decoration

What you will get

  • Ceramic pieces made during the workshop
  • Tea, light refreshments, and all material and firing costs
  • Guidance and support from an experienced ceramic artist
Parking Info

Free weekend parking at Bath Street Carpark or along Nepean Highway, 2-min walk. Closest station is Balaclava Station, 15-min walk. Closest tram stops are 34–Inkerman St/St Kilda Rd (Tram 67, 2-min walk) and 39–Argyle St/Chapel St (Tram 78, 5-min walk).

What to bring

  • Please wear an apron or old shirt you don't mind getting dirty
  • Face mask as the workshop will be indoors
  • Fun and enthusiasm!

What to wear

Comfortable clothes.

Appropriate for

All are welcome! This class is ideal for beginners with little or no experience, or anyone interested in learning different ways of making ceramics by hand.

Everyday Clay

Vendor since 2020

Everyday Clay is a Melbourne-based design studio specialising in handcrafted ceramics. We offer modern ceramic homewares that are bespoke, original, and seeking to inspire our every day. In our practice, we focus on small-batch production that prioritises quality over quantity. This allows us to create sustainably and with care, and to infuse our work with a lot of heart and soul. We are proud to have sold works nationally and internationally across Australia, Asia, United Kingdom and USA. We also love sharing what we know through ceramic workshops, and would love to welcome you into our studio for a class!

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Refund Policy

- Refund and transfer requests. Refunds, transfers or credit will not be processed if you cancel less than 7 days of the class or event commencing. To request a refund or transfer, Everyday Clay requires at least 7 days notice via email prior to the start of a class or event. Please email to organise.

- Partial refunds. Everyday Clay has the right to issue a partial refund, (i.e., A % of the total order) and to retain any booking and processing fees associated with the order.

- Missed classes. Everyday Clay does not offer refunds, transfers, or makeup sessions for missed classes. If you can't make a class, you can arrange with Everyday Clay to send someone else in your place.

- Cancelled class/event. In the event that a class is cancelled by Everyday Clay, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Everyday Clay or organised by Everyday Clay must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Everyday Clay.


I agree to give Everyday Clay publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Everyday Clay classes or on Everyday Clay premises for general marketing purposes (e.g., social media posts, newsletters).


We require 7 days notice in writing prior to the class commencing for a refund, transfer or credit. 


Workshop fees are entitled to a full refund or exchange for store credit if: (1) at least 7 days notice is given in writing prior to class, or (2) the workshop is cancelled due to uncontrollable circumstances. Workshop fees are non-refundable if less than 7 days notice is given.

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