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Hand Building Masterclass – 10 Weeks

April 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Hand Building Masterclass – 10 Weeks

Starting Wednesday the 20th of April From 12:30pm – 3:30pm

In this Master Class you will learn and get good at all of the main pottery hand building techniques!

You will learn slab building, pinch potting, coiling and slip casting in this course. As you develop your skills the complexity of the work increases. By the end of the course you will be amazed at how far you have come in your skills and finesse. The work you will make is laid out in the course structure, however we fully encourage you to think outside the square and develop your own style!

You will also be introduced to some basic decoration techniques and take home lots of pieces and work you will be proud of!

       student sculpture  

Week One

  • Introduction to clay
  • Handling, recycling
  • Getting around the studio and OH&S
  • Setting up a work space at home
  • Rolling clay by hand
  • Using texture – potters mark stamps
  • Flatware

Week Two

  • Japanese press plates
  • Free form platters
  • Joined plates
  • Using coloured slip and sgraffito

Week Three

  • Pinch Pots
  • Begin making a tea set
  • Consider design and decoration
  • Consider glaze effects

 Week Four

  • Complete the tea set
  • Make tea spoons
  • Make a platter to match
  • Glazing basics

Week Five

  • Make a mug set
  • Slip cast a keep cup

Week Six

  • Slab build a small jewelry box
  • Pinch pot a small box

Week Seven

  • Coil build a planter
  • Sculpt a figurine or small bust

 Week Eight

  • Advanced slab building project
  • You choose your project

Week Nine

  • Introduction to Porcelain jewelry
  • Finishing Work

Week Ten

  • Finish all work
  • Glaze
  • Photograph

Everything you need is supplied in this Master Class! All materials, a set of tools to keep, firings and more. Access to Open Studio to practice, glaze and work on your masterpieces!

Please bring your own hand towel!


April 20
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia
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