Learn a variety of handbuilding techniques with experienced teacher and artist Debbie Harman Qadri. Learn the techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. Develop an understanding of a range of handbuilding techniques, taking practical ideas and tips back to your classroom to inspire your students.

This workshop also provides examples of projects and how these can form part of the AusVELS curriculum in the Arts Domain. Methods of utilising the dimensions of Creating and Making and Exploring and Responding, will be discussed. These workshops specifically contribute to teacher knowledge and professional practice in the field of Arts Education. Professional development includes devising lesson content according to the Arts Dimensions and best practice in using ceramics in the classroom. Certificates of attendance will be provided which include a description of the professional development context.

Debbie Harman Qadri Tutor Profile

Debbie Harman Qadri trained as a ceramicist and has worked for many years teaching art in primary and secondary schools. She now works as an artist, and also coordinates community art projects in schools in a range of media including ceramics. Her ceramic mural projects can be seen on the website mosaicprojectsbydebbieqadri. Debbie exhibits her personal artwork under the name of Debbie Harman.

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What you will learn
  • Learn the techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building
  • Gain an understanding of how to introduce these to your students in engaging ways
What you will get
  • Hands-on experience working with clay
  • Examples of projects that can be taken back to the classroom

What to bring
  • Apron
  • Notepad and pen
What to wear

This workshop is hands on, wear appropriate clothing. Covered shoes are a must.


Northcote Pottery Supplies

Vendor since 2013

At Northcote Pottery Supplies we sell quality pottery materials including clay, glaze, tools and kiln products. We also offer a broad range of short courses, workshops and masterclasses for those wanting to expand their knowledge of ceramics. We are proud to house SMALLpieces, a retail space offering a wide variety of hand crafted ceramic ware produced by Australian artists and provide oppotunities through our resident artist, studio access and membership programs and firing service. All of these areas come together to promote ceramics, educate and inspire.

All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels.

For more information on our range of supplies, educational program or other services call 9387 3911 or visit

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Terms & Conditions

Please take the time to read through our conditions before you make your booking.


  • To secure your place in a course or one-day workshop we require full payment at the time of booking.
  • Payment can be made in store, over the phone, online, or by direct deposit.
  • Cancellations will forfeit the full fee. However, you may find a replacement to take your place.
  • We are unable to transfer bookings or offer make-up classes under any circumstances.
  • A minimum of five people are required to run courses and one-day workshops. Northcote Pottery Supplies reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of bookings is not reached. You will be notified at least one week prior to the class if cancellation is deemed necessary.


Courses: Course fees include all materials and firing costs for the course. When collecting work after the completion of the course please bring your own box and packaging material.

One-Day Workshops: One-day workshop fees include all materials required for the workshop, unless otherwise stated in workshop outlines. Firing is NOT included in all one-day workshop fees, unless otherwise stated in the workshop outline. Northcote Pottery Supplies Firing Service is $9.00/kilo (minimum 2 kilos). Please bring your own box to take home work in progress.

Clothing: All course and workshops are hands on, please wear appropriate clothing (that you are prepared to get dirty!), covered shoes are essential.

Bring: YOUR OWN TOWEL AND/OR APRON TO CLASS. This is especially important for wheel throwing courses and workshops.

Firing of work: We take extreme care with your work but accidents do happen and we are unable to guarantee that all your work will be successfully fired.

Work created: items created during a course or workshop will be kept for one month from the last day of the course. If work is not collected within this time it will be disposed of.

Returning students: Students who are returning (directly from the previous course) are eligible for a 10% discount on the course fee. This applies to four and six week courses only. It is the responsibility of the student to inform staff they are eligible for this discount when making payment. We are unable to give retrospective discounts.

Refreshments: Tea and coffee are freely available all day. Saturday workshops tend to work through the lunch break please consider bringing your lunch to maximise contact with the tutor. There are also cafes located on Lygon Street within, short walking distance from Northcote Pottery Supplies.

Parking: Angle parking is available across the road from Northcote Pottery Supplies. Be careful not to park in time limited spaces.

Tutors: All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels unless otherwise stated in the outline. Our workshop tutors actively seek feedback from participants during class. If you have further questions about our workshops please contact us on 03 9387 3911 or email

Mailing List: When you book into a course with Northcote Pottery Supplies you will be added to our mailing list and be notified of upcoming courses, one-day workshops, masterclasses and special events. You are able to unsubscribe at any time.



(Phone) 03 9387 3911 (Fax) 03 9387 4011

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22 March 2016 • Practical Handbuilding Activities for the Classroom

Found the class to be invaluable, in terms of setting up the art room for ceramic for the first time. Lots of info and tips for working with students , how store their work, equipment , clay preparation, under glazes and managing project. Enjoy the hands on and practical hand building aspect to the class. Looking forward to learning more at the next workshop in April. 5 stars


14 March 2016 • Practical Handbuilding Activities for the Classroom

I had a great day learning and reviewing my skills in hand-building techniques. The workshop was extremely helpful as it had been many years since working with clay. The teacher has a lot of knowledge and excellent ideas for my lessons. Five STAR !!!