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Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

Next Available: Sun, 15 Dec 10:00AM
3.0 hours
Book Now (http://weteachme.com/l/77Rg62xr)


In this beginners hand-building workshop you will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make something lovely for yourself or for a friend! 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 and the option of using coloured underglaze to make simple patterns.

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.

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
  • 3-6 hand-built pieces that you can keep or give as gifts
  • Personalised guidance and support while you build
  • All the skills you need to be able to go home and keep making!

What to bring
  • All materials are provided
  • Optional: Apron
What to wear

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

Appropriate for

All are welcome!


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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Cancellation & Refund 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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13 October 2019 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

What a fun class! Alyssa was a really warm teacher and super patient with my 1000 questions haha. She created a very relaxed environment where it was just really easy and fun to create. I left the class super keen to continue my ceramics journey :)


07 October 2019 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

This is a fantastic class! It is so relaxed and much easier than I expected. Very quick to pick up these hand building techniques. We made lots of lovely ceramic items and Alicia was an excellent and patient teacher. The venue is lovely and it was such a friendly and sweet group. Highly recommend this workshop!


07 October 2019 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

Loved this class so much! It was such a happy and calm environment. The class was well supported by the teacher, Alica. I can’t wait to see how my creations turn out. Don’t think twice, just do this class!!

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