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Hand Building Master Class

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


10 Week Intensive Course Beginning Tuesday April 21st at 6 – 9pm

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
  • 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
  • Make a travel mug by slip casting and using a coloured slip decoration

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 jewellery
  • Finishing Work

Week Ten

  • Review
  • Glazing
  • Photographing

Everything you need is supplied in this Master Class! All materials, online learning support, a set of tools to keep, firings and more.

You also receive a free 3 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 $450).

Please Note – at the time of putting this course up 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 from 8 people to 6 people so we can effectively practice social distancing. Should we be in lock down or should you be unable to attend due to isolation requirements, we will honour all courses and classes and deliver them to you – either at a later date, or via “in person” online strategies. 


April 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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New Firebird Studios
1/20 Hutchinson Street
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios


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Hand Building Master Class Tuesday T2
$ 750.00
6 available