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Design & Decoration Master Class

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Design & Decoration Master Class Commencing Saturday May 2nd 9 am – 12 noon.

10 Week Design & Decorate Master Class.

This course is project based. There are 6 projects to complete over the 10 weeks of the course. Each week you receive a design brief for the work to be done – how you execute it is up to you.

The design brief will lead you through a series of advanced hand building techniques and deep dive into the decorating techniques of sgraffito, washi transfers, nerikome, slip trailing piercing and carving.

You will also be required to prepare a mood board for each project and finish your work off with photographs!

level 2 student work

Week One

  • Design and make a set of bottles, no more than 10cm tall, for sgraffito
  • Apply engobes

Week Two

  • Begin the execution of the sgraffito design on your work

 Week Three

  • Design and make 4 dishes with foot rings
  • Decorate with washi
  • Ensure decoration is “unique”

 Week Four

  • Using porcelain nerikome
  • Design and build three small hand built forms

Week Five

  • Design and build a slab built coffee or tea set
  • Use slip trailing to enhance texture
  • Combine decoration elements for interest

Week Six

  • Finish slab built tea or coffee set

Week Seven

  • Spoons
  • Elaborate lidded container
  • Wall hanging
  • Choose decoration

 Week Eight

  • Piercing and carving
  • Build three tealights or candle holders with piercing and carving

Week Nine

  • Finish and glaze your work
  • Construct multi media pieces

Week Ten

  • Review
  • Finish glazing
  • Photographing

This course is fully inclusive of all materials and firing. You may choose to purchase your own washi or lustres. You will need your own tools – you can purchase what you need at a discounted rate through Firebird Studios.

You will also receive a 3 month membership to Firebird Studios Members which will allow you unlimited access to Open Studio times (value $360)

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).


May 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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Design & Decorate Master Class May 2nd 9 am
$ 750.00
6 available