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Hand Building Master Class

July 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


10 Week Intensive Course Beginning Tuesday July 21st – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this Master Class you will learn 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 in you skills and finesse. The work you 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 level 2 student work 

Week One

  • Introduction to clay
  • Handling, recycling
  • Getting around the studio and OH&S
  • Or, setting up a work space at home
  • Rolling clay by hand and slab roller
  • Using texture
  • Flatware

Week Two

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

Week Three

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

 Week Four

  • Complete the tea set
  • Make tea spoons
  • Make serving spoons
  • Glazing basics

Week Five

  • Make a mug set

Week Six

  • Slab build a small jewellery 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

  • Individual Studio Bookings to:
  • Review
  • Glaze
  • Photograph

Everything you need is supplied in this Master Class! All materials, a set of tools to keep, firings and more. Book individual sessions in the Studio at a time that suits you to glaze your work (normally $30 however you have free access to Open Studio while you are finishing all of your work).

Please bring your own hand towel!


July 21
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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