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Introduction to Pottery – Level Two – Wednesday Mornings – Term One

March 4, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

coffee set

Introduction to Pottery – Level Two – “Decorate” – Start Wednesday 4th March

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fast track your pottery knowledge and skills with this structured course building on the skills gained in the Intro to Pottery – Level One course.

Spend more time developing your own designs within the design brief. Learn more about glazing and decorating. Be amazed at how far your work develops in such a short period of time!

Five Week Intensive Course

Week One

  • Glazing 101
  • Preparing for glazing
  • Underglazes – under and over
  • Glaze application
  • Glazing rules for non-stick pots!
  • Make a vase and a plate with coloured slip ready for Sgraffito next week
  • Homework – prepare your design for sgraffito

Week Two

  • Execute the sgraffito design
  • Coloured clay – how to make it and how to use it
  • Introduction to Nerikome – make a small bowl
  • Introduction to slip trailing
  • Using a variety of clay types – theory about clay and practice using different clay
  • Homework – design a tea or coffee set – either slab or pinch pot – including surface treatment – tray, pot, cups, accessories…

Week Three

  • Build the tea set – use different clay!
  • Slab build and/or pinch pot your tea set
  • Using washi paper – plus theory on decals and lustre firing
  • Homework – design a complex slab built structure – including surface treatment and embellishments – include washi paper designs, sgraffito, nerikome, slip trailing, mixed clay types

Week Four

  • Construct a complex slab built design
  • Clay embellishments
  • Make a small project for piercing and carving
  • Underglazes
  • Learn about the kilns and firing processes

Week Five

  • Piercing and carving
  • Introduction to sculpture
  • Finish your work
  • Use wax resist in glazing
  • Use a combination of glazes and underglazes


  • Complimentary Open Studio Sessions
  • Sgraffito Tools
  • Half sheet of washi paper
  • Some secret bonuses!!

If you miss a class we can arrange a make up class at a mutually convenient time.

All inclusive – clay, glazes and firings are all included.


March 4, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Firebird Studios
4/6 Ramly Drive
Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220 Australia


Firebird Studios