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Ceramic Hand Building and Macrame Plant Hangers

Learn clay and rope skills with two crafty artists

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Learn the techniques to craft a unique clay and cotton work of art for your wall. 

In this special collaboration class join Maggie May from Middle Aisle and Aliça from Rara Studio to learn Macrame and Ceramic Handbuilding. Combine these two interesting and beautiful skills and add a little magic to your world. 

In the first half of this class Maggie May will guide you through fundamental beginner macrame techniques to build an elegant macrame plant hanger. Macrame is a wonderful craft for meditation and mindfulness, it allows you to relax and let your creative ideas out into the world. Macrame might seem complicated at first glance but when explained by Maggie May you'll soon find yourself knotting with confidence and ease. 

In the second half of this class Aliça will bring out terracotta clay and show you how to transform it into beads, charms and a terracotta plant pot that will sit beautifully in your macrame plant hanger! You will learn different hand-building techniques like pinching, slabbing and mark making.

Maggie May will demonstrate how to attach your ceramic treasures and your finished pieces will be fired for you, and ready for collection at Think Thornbury or posted to if you require (for the price of postage). 

From cotton to clay, never fear if you think you are lacking in creativity or the necessary skills to achieve the class outcome, Maggie May and Aliça will be at hand to help you every step of the way. Both experts in their respective areas, they are also experienced teachers and passionate about creating a supportive and fun environment to explore and try your hand at this beautiful creative project.

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).

Who is The Middle Aisle? 

Maggie May is a master Macramé artist, graphic designer, and stylist for her business, The Middle Aisle. She is passionate about working with Australian made materials and supporting local makers and craftspeople.

After discovering Macrame she immediately fell in love with the craft because of Macrame’s versatility for expression and creativity. Maggie creates modern ‘improvised’ macrame pieces inspired by Melbourne and her life. 

She regularly posts on her Instagram @middleaisle about her life and being creative in Melbourne. Maggie works from her studio in Thornbury with her baby Remy, Dog (Sylvia) and Cats (Mina & Kansas). 

Maggie is also one-half of the creative duo behind 'Think Thornbury'

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What you will learn
  • Beginner Macrame Skills
  • A range of hand building techniques
  • How to combine clay and cotton rope to make magic
What you will get
  • A finished Macrame Plant Hanger with hand built ceramic charms and beads
  • All the skills you need to be able to go home and keep making
  • Expert tuition from TWO experienced teachers

What to bring
  • All materials are provided // Just bring your enthusiasm!
What to wear

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

Appropriate for

No prior experience necessary


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 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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