Special Offer
RARA Studio 5 (1) Special Offer

Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Next Available: Sat, 21 Mar 10:00AM
3.0 hours x 2 Weeks
Over 50 people have attended this class
Book Now (http://weteachme.com/l/Ey3Gszzr)


In this two part beginners hand-building and glaze workshop, you will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make something lovely in the first session and then glaze your work in the second session. You will learn different hand-building techniques like pinching and slabbing to make pieces such as cups, planters or spoons. You will have the opportunity to work with different stoneware clays, the option of using coloured underglaze to make patterns and glaze in different colours and styles.

Tea and a special homemade treat will be provided.

Your finished pieces will be fired and glazed for you, ready for collection at Think Thornbury 2-4 weeks after the final class.

Who is Aliça?

Aliça runs RARA Studio (@hellorarastudio), a Melbourne-based ceramics business.

She makes unique, hand-built objects for the home and to wear.

Aliça has a background in fine art and has a love for natural materials and objects, especially the look and feel of handmade work. She originally studied ceramics with a Japanese ceramicist but is primarily self-taught. Each piece she makes is one of a kind, with the marks of the maker celebrated, forming the texture of the work.

She sells her ceramics online, with stockists across Australia and overseas. You can also find her at markets like Big Design Market and the Melbourne Ceramics Market. Her work has been featured in Frankie, Yen and Country Style Magazine.

Aliça works locally from her studio in Thornbury, with her three studio helpers, Teti (dog), Claudia and Sybil (cats).

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What you will learn
  • A range of hand-building techniques including pinching and slabbing
  • About different stoneware clays and how to work with them
  • How clays and glazes can be combined to achieve different looks
What you will get
  • 3 - 8 unique hand-built pieces that you can keep or give as gifts
  • Personalised guidance and support while you build and glaze
  • All the skills you need to be able to go home and keep making

What to bring
  • All materials are provided
  • An apron (optional)
What to wear

Something comfortable you don’t mind getting a bit of clay on or an apron if you prefer.

Appropriate for

Anyone any age wanting to give ceramics a go :-)


Think Thornbury

Vendor since 2017

Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.

Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.

The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.

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Terms & Conditions


We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.

You can send us an email prior to class hello@thinkthornbury.com or just give us a heads up at the start of class. 

We want to make sure you feel comfortable and at home in Think Thornbury!

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04 November 2019 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

We were allowed to explore the material and be creative and also make successful ceramic items using basic techniques. The bonus was the herbal tea and the vegan slices that she made for us. They were yummm. Thank you so much.


19 August 2019 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Alica was a lovely lady.She was very happy to share her knowledge. I love the inspiring environment she created with her very cute ceramics. The organic tea and delicious cookies she made were great too! I highly recommend this course to everybody. I got my ceramics I made today and love it! Thanks Alica :)


04 August 2019 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Such a great experience! I learnt so much in my first ceramics class with the very talented Aliça. Based in the beautiful space at Think Thornbury, the class was an ideal size and I was able to make bowls, earrings and a cute little vase. I'd highly recommend it for anyone that wants to create special and unique handmade pieces with a side of tea and sweet treats.

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