Hand Building  Introduction - 2 hours

Hand Building Introduction - 2 hours

Hand Building Workshop - Introduction for beginner

Over 250 people have attended this class


Your safety is our priority. We are committed to the health and safety of the community and will follow government advice at all times to keep everyone safe.

The studio has 2 medical grade air purifiers, InovaAir DV20, designed for use in clinical environments, primarily for the removal of aerosol-based viral and bacterial contaminants.

Class Overview:
The Hand Building workshop is suited to anyone interested in creating functional items, specifically by hand. It is designed for the complete beginner wanting to learn the basics - no experience required. 

Hand forming techniques will be demonstrated, including rolling out clay to create small plates, a cheese platter, pinch pots, trays & spoons. Stoneware clays are used while incorporating texture. All Items will be fired twice and are food safe.

At the end of class students may select medium sized items each for their home. Work will be glazed in a colour of choice and fired (this process takes a minimum of 3 weeks, and students will be emailed when their work is ready for collection).

Teacher: Sarah Schembri 

• Clay, tools and glazes
• Firing of 2 pieces

a Cheese board and glass of complimentary wine included.

Duration: 2 hours.

Experience: No experience required.

Bring: An apron and towel

Children: Yes – over the age of 8 years (if accompanied by an adult).

Wear: Clothes that can get dirty – this class is hands on. Closed shoes are essential.

Cost: $165 per person

Hands on, individual & experimental!

Please note a minimum of 6 students is required for this course.

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What you will learn

  • How to work your clay into organic, free formed functional platters, pinch bowls, spoons.
  • How to incorporate texture and apply surface decoration.
  • How to create hand formed, organic pieces which can be used in the home.

What you will get

  • Students will be notified when work has been glazed and ready to collect.
Parking Info

Please also note, that if you are driving you cannot park on Kent St as it’s permit only, try St David St or Moor St. 

What to bring

  • A towel and apron

What to wear

Clothes that can get dirty – this class is hands on. Closed shoes are essential.

Appropriate for

No experience necessary. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children is 10 yrs.

Sarah Schembri Ceramics

(968 Reviews)

Sarah Schembri is a Melbourne Ceramic Artist who is passionate about creating functional, tactile and visually appealing ceramics, particularly tableware. Being a lover of cooking and food in general, she is most interested in making pieces that are a pleasure to use in the home, pieces which are not only visually appealing but also functional & tactile.

“There is something quite special about using pieces that are handmade - the experience and food taste better. This is a feeling that I think about when I'm creating, it's part of the experience I want to share with others.” - Sarah 

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5.0 (40 reviews)
Emilyrated it
08 Sep 2023
I highly recommend Sarah’s hand building workshop. Sarah is an excellent teacher and the environment she provides is very calm and nurturing. I was able to make many pieces and really learn a lot.
Annierated it
08 Sep 2023
A very enjoyable couple of hours. You don't need to be super crafty to make something that looks good. Sarah is a good and encouraging teacher - the right amount of guidance, but also leaving room for you to play. There's plenty of time to make a few items - and to give up and start all over again! Soft drinks and nibbles available throughout help to stave off the hunger pangs.
Chris rated it
15 May 2023
Sarah made you welcome as soon as you entered. The class was very open, friendly and casual, letting you explore hand making with instruction and feedback as you needed. Very enjoyable.
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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 refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days 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

Additional Terms for 1-day workshops:

  • For transfers within 7 – 2 days of a 1-day workshop, there will be an admin fee of $20/person. 
  • No transfers or refunds within 48 hours of a 1-day workshop.

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Got a question? Please email info@sarahschembri.com

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