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Advanced Decoration Short Course

April 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Advanced Decoration Short Course – Five Weeks – Commencing April 23rd 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this five week full immersion Advanced Decoration Short Course you will learn complex surface decoration techniques to give you even more choice to make your pottery work stand out in the crowd!

Week One

  • Shellac/wax/resist to create texture
  • Carving and piercing
  • Make your own textures
  • Design with texture
  • Using underglazes, oxides and glazes with texture

Week Two

  • Creating texture
  • Using colour
  • Paper transfers with engobes
  • Layering techniques

Week Three

  • The processes to make your own
  • Using commercial washi and decals
  • Firing cycles for lustres and decals
  • Where to get your washi and decals
  • How to use them uniquely

Week Four

  • Advanced underglazes, using as over glazes
  • Majolica
  • Using oxides – commercial or raw material
  • Advanced glazing

Week Five

  • Using multiple techniques
  • Planning layers
  • Design aspects of layering
  • Work flow for layering

Clay, firing, engobes and underglazes and other basic materials will be provided for this course. You will need to source your own decals, lustres, and washi paper. You should have tools such as sgraffito tools, slip trailers, basic pottery tools, a basic range of textures to use. If you come to the studio for the course please bring your tools and external materials, as well as your own hand towel.

You also receive a free 2 month membership to Firebird Studios – that allows you to come in for unlimited Open Studio times to keep working on your course work, and access to the members area online tutorials. (Value $240).

Please Note – at the time of putting this course up online the entire world is affected by coronavirus. At this stage we do not know how this will affect Firebird Studios’ ability to deliver these classes in person. We have cut class size down to 6 people so we can effectively practice social distancing and control numbers in the studio – our studio space is 170 square meters so it meets required space per person very easily. Every course will be delivered online as a virtual course (support for the course) as well as live at every session via Zoom. If you are working from home we will be able to see what you are doing live, and answer your questions live and interact as if you were in the studio with us. Our strong belief is that while restrictions to normal life must apply at this time, part of your well-being considerations are to remain creative, to keep learning and to have your mind on something that is challenging and fun! If you are well and have no immediate family in the high risk category that you are in daily contact with there is no reason you shouldn’t visit the studio (depending upon government orders).


April 23
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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Advanced Decoration Short Course 5 Weeks Starting Thursday 23rd April AM
$ 400.00
6 available