Northcote Pottery Supplies

Northcote Pottery Supplies

Brunswick East, VIC

Porcelain Bead Making with Steven McClure

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.

Porcelain Bead Making with Steven McClure

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Saturday 14 May 10am-1pm & Saturday 21 May 10am-12pm (runs over two weeks)

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 Get

  • Finished decorative porcelain items
  • An understanding of the steps required to work with porcelain and apply decorative finishes


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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