Pottery Making Class on Monday Nights

Monday Night Beginner Hand-building

A solid grounding in hand-building with clay!

Over 20 people have attended this class


So we've taken what we've learned from our last two months running this class and have distilled it down to an awesome 4 weeks of HOT CLAY ACTION! 

We'll be running this class as 4 week terms, so you will need to sign up before the start date and can no longer join us at any point.

Monday Night Hand-building!

This class, aimed at complete beginners, will take you on your first foray into the world of ceramics. We start the journey off on...

Night One

On your first night we'll start with the basics, Pinch Pots! We'll make a small bowl or cup to get a feel for the clay and dial in your most important tools.

After the first pot we'll graduate to coiling, using our newfound pinching skills to make the base of a taller vessel like a bud-vase or a breakfast bowl.

Night Two

We'll follow up with Slab-Building! Covering how to create a slab with out any fancy tools, the importance of compression, how to know when your clay is ready to work with and how to create solid joins.

To help us understand our slabs and how it work them we'll first make a mug or cup, this  gives us a chance to make and attach a handle and learn about bending soft slabs.

After that we'll move onto using a firm slab to construct a desk organiser or trinket box learning about using bevels to create stronger bonds.

Night Three

Night three is all about the decoration! First we'll decorate all of our pieces from the previous weeks using under-glazes, sgraffito, stamps and glazes. 

Then we will create a plate exploring other techniques like coloured inlays, texturing, clay slips and more.

Night Four

On that last night of our course you get to take everything you've learned and put it to practical use and make your very own creation! We will help and guide you through the process, but you will need to BYO creativity!

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What you will learn

  • We'll take you from a complete beginner to having all the skills you'll need to continue on your own.

What you will get

  • Other than your new found skills you'll also get a selection of your own hand-made goods to take home.
  • Refreshments provided.
Parking Info

We're a bit hard to find right now! You're looking for the door the says NO ACCESS! I know, I know... we're working on it! But Kiln is located inside that door and up the stairs to the right.

There's usually heaps of parking outside of business hours in Buxton Square carpark. Free after 5pm weekdays, 1pm Saturday and all of Sunday.

Call Jamie on 027 298 0788 or Tom on 027 372 2143‬ if you have any trouble finding us.

What to bring

  • Everything is provided.

What to wear

Dress for success... and in the studio that means comfy clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

Appropriate for

This course is aimed at beginners. Ages +13

Kiln Member Status!

Completing this course allows you to attend our Open Studio Sessions where you can continue your self-directed clay escapades. 

Kiln Studio

(55 Reviews)

Kiln Studio is a ceramic based studio in the centre of Nelson City, Aotearoa.

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4.9 (17 reviews)
Janrated it
01 Jun 2022Monday Night Beginner Hand-building
Great support to each individual learner and fantastic positive attitude. Many thanks
Rebekah rated it
30 May 2022
Absolutely loved this class!
Woodirated it
30 May 2022
A very marvelous fun gig with great knowledgeable tutors who give you plenty of scope to find your inner creativity! I can totally recommend this course. Thanks team 🙏❤️
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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:

  • A refund can be requested 2 days before class starts. An admin fee of NZ$15.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested anytime 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

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Kiln Studio or organised by Kiln Studio 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 Kiln Studio - The Workshop


I agree to give Kiln Studio unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Kiln Studio classes and events or on Kiln Studio premises. (For use of Kiln Studio marketing materials).

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