Introduction to Hand Building - 2.5 hours

Hand Building Workshop

Over 100 people have attended this class


The Hand Building Workshop is suited to students interested in creating functional items not on the pottery wheel. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills whilst enjoying a drink and cheese in Sarah's studio.

Hand building techniques will be demonstrated including: 

  • How to roll out clay to create small plates, pinch pots, trays & spoons, small planters.
  • How to use a variety of stoneware clays & incorporate texture


  • Clay, tools and glazes
  • Firing of pieces (items will be fired twice & food safe)
  • Grazing platter, a glass of wine & non-alcoholic beverages

Duration: 2.5 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

Collection of work: Students will be emailed when their work is ready for collection (all work must be collected within 2 -4 weeks)

Cost: $165  (please read the terms & conditions before booking this course)

Please note students can make up to 5 items to fire and glaze. For additional pieces there will be a small firing charge, please discuss with Sarah during class.

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

  • A set of your creations made on the day. Students will be notified once work has been glazed and ready to collect.
  • Grazing platter, a glass of wine & non-alcoholic beverages.
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 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 8yrs.

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 (32 reviews)
18 April 2021Introduction to Hand Building - 2.5 hours
A warm and wonderful introduction to hand building. We left with so many bubbling ideas! Thank you so much, we will definitely be back.
09 March 2021Introduction to Hand Building - 2.5 hours
Great experience
07 March 2021Introduction to Hand Building - 2.5 hours
Amazing class! Amazing teacher! Sarah is so friendly and helpful. I loved her handbuilding class. We learnt a lot of great techniques to make so many things with clay at home.
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Refund Policy

Our refund policy is detailed in the terms and conditions links (specific to your chosen class) below.

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Terms & Conditions

Thanks for your interest in a class! 

Kindly read the terms and conditions specific to your event in the following links:

Terms & Conditions - Workshops / Classes (1 day)

Terms & Conditions - Courses / Term classes (1+ days)

Got a question? Please email info@sarahschembri.com

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