In this new one-day workshop (running over two weeks) Steven McClure will introduce you to the techniques used to make your own porcelain beads. This course is an excellent follow on to our Porcelain Treasures workshop and suitable for beginners also. Using porcelain (Cool Ice) participants will create beads for brooches, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, etc, learning how to develop and refine a design. The use of texture and underglaze decoration will be explored to create unique pieces. Participants are asked to bring along 3-4 ideas for the style of bead and its decoration that they are interested in making.

Session 1 -  Through a series of demonstrations participants will be taught how to create beads using Porcelain (Cool Ice). The methods of handling, rolling, cutting, refining and drying porcelain will be covered, and learning how to develop and refine a design. To decorate these porcelain pieces participants can explore texture and use a range of underglaze colours, that can be brushed or sponged on. This work will be bisque fired for the following session.

Session 2 -  In the second session participants can view the work that has been fired. They will then learn the techniques of how to apply clear glaze to some of the decorated and works. Participants will also learn about the procedures for firing beads on bead racks within a kiln, and organise their own collection of beads on these racks. Work finished during this session will be fired and ready for collection the following week.

Steven McClure Tutor Profile 

Steven McClure had a background in fashion and floristry before moving into ceramics. Since studies at Moorabbin TAFE and RMIT Fine Art, he has been making a living in a creative way, such as producing ceramic tableware. He has taught for 11 years in the visual arts at TAFE and the CAE. Steven's most recent ceramic work involves creating a range of individually crafted porcleain lighting for ISM Objects. Steven also teaches our Porcelain Treasures Workshop at Northcote Pottery Supplies.

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What you will learn
  • How to make simple pieces using porcelain
  • How to develop and refine a design
  • Decorative techniques of texture and underglaze decoration
What you will get
  • Finished decorative porcelain items
  • An understanding of the steps required to work with porcelain and apply decorative finishes

What to bring
  • 3-4 ideas for the style of bead and decoration you are interested in making
  • Notebook and pen
What to wear

This workshop is hands on, wear old clothes or bring an apron. 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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