Handbuilding Beginners Taster

Handbuilding Beginners Taster

An all inclusive one-off class, for beginners.

Next Available: Sat, 22 Jun 9:30AM (AEST)
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2 hours 30 minutes
Over 20 people have attended this class


Handbuilding Beginners Taster

Dreamed about creating your own unique clay creations by hand? Craving a new and creative activity to enliven your week? Come to this class and play with clay! This class is the perfect place to learn the foundational techniques of handbuilding with clay, from rolling slabs and extruding coils, to joining forms to create decorative and functional pottery pieces.

During this once-off 2.5 hour class our experienced teacher will guide you through the foundations of handbuilt pottery. Participants can expect to create 1-3 pieces, which are professionally finished, glazed, and fired by our staff. We contact you 4-6 weeks later to collect your food safe, dishwasher safe, oven & microwave safe items!

Clay is pre-prepared and provided, so you can get straight into learning the techniques of handbuilding!

Please note: this is a class designed for adults, and we do not allow bookings for children under the age of 16.

Interested in booking the whole studio for a private class? Just email us at sajoceramics@gmail.com. We have hosted unique hen’s parties and joyous birthday celebrations! Please note that this is for a minimum of 12 people.

What you will learn:

  • How to create and use coils
  • How to roll and shape slabs
  • How to create sturdy joins
  • How to use these techniques to create simple forms, either functional or decorative

What to bring:

All you need is a towel! All clay and tools are provided.Although clay washes out easily, we recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting messy in! Shoes are also required at all times in the studio for safety reasons.

After class:

Our staff will professionally finish, glaze, and fire your creations, and contact you when they are ready to collect. This is approximately 4-6 weeks after class. Once fired, your creations are food, dishwasher, oven & microwave safe!All work is only kept for a period of 3 months, after which time, any uncollected items will be disposed of, so please ensure to collect your items as soon as you receive the notification, or contact the studio to arrange postage.

Parking Info

Please drive right past the house to the long white shed.  Park in front of the shed.

Classes often book out, so book early to avoid disappointment. On rare occasions, classes may be cancelled if there are not enough students booked in – ensure you are booked in to avoid showing up to closed doors! We will contact students directly to reschedule cancelled classes.

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What you will learn

  • Basic handbuilding for beginners

What you will get

  • The items you create will be professionally finished and ready to take home 4-6 weeks after the class.
Parking Info

Please drive past the house to the white shed.  Parking in front of shed.

What to bring

  • All you need is a towel! All clay and tools are provided.

What to wear

Although clay washes out easily, we recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting messy in! Shoes are also required at all times in the studio for safety reasons.

Appropriate for

Beginners wanting to try handbuilding. Please note: this is a class designed for adults, and we do not allow bookings for children under the age of 16.

SaJo Ceramics

(578 Reviews)

We have set up our studio to bring together pottery and ceramics in a combined space and to be an affordable, fun place where anyone can come and enjoy creating with clay. Our studio is a place where there are very little rules except to respect your fellow artists, their work and the studio, to relax and learn that there is no end to the possibilities when working with clay..........

At SaJo Ceramics you can...

Join a casual pottery class or social pottery & ceramics session; take a workshop to have a go at the pottery wheel, take one of our 6 week courses to learn the basics of throwing, or just use our  Melbourne studio facilities on a casual basis. Discover beautiful stoneware handmade tiles for a unique splashback or outdoor wall feature or make your own! Explore a huge catalogue of ceramic pieces to paint in both acrylic paints and fired finishes, made to order from vintage and modern bisque designs. Buy hand made tile blanks for your school or community project, ready for you to paint, carve or decorate, or just drop in and chat with fellow artists while enjoying a cuppa.

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5.0 (6 reviews)
Jodie rated it
27 May 2024
Tonight I thoroughly enjoyed my handbuilding class with Georgie. Her fun personality along with her clear passion and knowledge of working with clay made learning a joy. Thanks all
Davidrated it
15 Jan 2024
I have been to an absolute beginners class held elsewhere in one of the covid respites a couple of years ago, so I really needed to start again. The teacher, Georgie, at Sajo was really helpful and patient. The facilities are well set up and well organised. My fellow potters were happy and a welcoming group. It is not surprising then that I'm a stayer, to practice and benefit from help and advice during studio sessions. Highly recommended. David
Daniellerated it
28 Oct 2023
Really fun and relaxed atmosphere, everyone was really welcoming and helpful
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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:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A transfer 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 SaJo Ceramics or organised by SaJo Ceramics 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 SaJo Ceramics.


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

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