Introduction To Pottery Courses

Introduction to Pottery – Level One – Make

Introduction to Pottery – Level Two – Decorate


Introduction to Pottery – Two Levels of Skill Development

The best way to start your pottery journey is with a series of focussed mini courses to show you all the basics and introduce you to some clay possibilities.

We begin with flatware, pinch pots, slip casting, coil building and basic slab building – the basics of all hand built ceramic techniques! You will also be introduced to using underglazes and the basics of glazing.

In the second level we develop those basic skills further and introduce even more possibilities – more advanced glazing information, using colour in the clay body, more advanced hand building, designing and planning your work, intro to sculpting, the use of washi. multiple firings and other decorating techniques.

Now you are ready to come to Open Studio Class where you can work at your own pace on the things that really matters to you! We have one or two teachers on hand in the studio to help with your questions, so you are not completely alone! The teachers will demonstrate various advanced techniques from time to time, or upon request.

Our aim is to create competent potter’s who have a passion for what they do. From delicate jewellery through to large exhibition pieces, and everything in between! Whatever you love to make in clay, we want you to be working at a very high standard. That pushes us to continue to improve our course offerings and the focus of what and how we teach! Our students are awesome!

Introduction to Pottery – LEVEL ONE

Introduction to Pottery – Level One – Make

5 Week Intensive Course designed to introduce you to making with clay (hand building). Basic skills development within a set curriculum for ease of learning.

Week One

  • About clay
  • Rolling clay by hand
  • Creating & using textures
  • Various flatware plates and bowls

Week Two

  • Obtaining a professional finish
  • Pinch pots 
  • The clay workflow

Week Three

  • Cups
  • Design a simple template
  • Introduction to slip casting
  • Soft clay slab building

Week Four

  • Slab building
  • Coil building
  • Mixing techniques
  • Underglazes

Week Five

  • Introduction to Glazing
  • Glazing Rules
  • Glazing Techniques
  • Intro to Porcelain


Introduction to Pottery – LEVEL TWO

Introduction to Pottery – Level Two – Decorate

5 Week Intensive Course to develop the skills you learned in the Level One course and introduce more advanced decoration and building skills.

Week One

  • Intro to Glaze Technology
  • Advanced cylinders
  • Advanced pinch pots
  • Using coloured slip ready for sgraffito
  • Homework – design sgraffito pattern

Week Two

  • Sgraffito – tools and executions of design
  • Coloured clay body theory
  • Make coloured clay
  • Make nerikome and a small piece
  • Homework – design a multi piece set – tea set, sake set, punch bowl set, etc – to use advanced slabs, pinch pots and coils

Week Three

  • Execute the build of your designed set. 
  • Plan the decoration and glazing of the set
  • Homework – design a complex slab built piece

Week Four

  • Execute the complex slab build
  • Build in a mould for piercing and carving – plus pinch pot for piercing and carving

Week five 

  • Finish and glaze all work that is ready
  • Introduction to sculptural work.

Well done! You have probably learned more in 10 weeks than many have done over years of pottery self development and other classes. You are well and truly ready to go into Open Studio classes where you can follow your passion and interests. Firebird studios teachers will help you to continue your study and development every step of the way!

Please indicate your interest for the “Introduction to Pottery” classes using the form.

We try to conduct these two 5 week courses within QLD school terms where possible. Missed classes can be made up. 

To book directly, please go to the “Schedule” page and find the next course that suits you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Are Classes?

Introduction to Pottery Intensive Courses – $280 for Level One and $300 for Level Two (BONUS $20 tool set at each course) – we have many other bonuses and discounts available throughout the courses as well!

Buy both courses at the same time (they run concurrently over a school term) and save $80 – $500 for both courses. 

Courses are fully inclusive – all clay, glaze and firings are included. 

When Are Classes Held?

Introduction to Pottery Intensive Course:

Wednesday 6pm – 9pm

Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm

Thursday 6pm – 9pm

Saturday 9am – 12 noon

Level One classes start at the beginning of each term, with the Level Two course running immediately afterwards.

Not all times/classes run, they are booking dependant – minimum of 5 for the class to run and maximum of 8 in each class.

Where Are Classes Held?

Classes are held at Unit 4 / 6 Ramly Drive, Burleigh Heads.

The studio is the rear left unit, entry is via the little pergola and garden! There are 8 car parks available, plus on street parking.


Do I have to start at Level One?

It is preferred that you begin at Level One! You may, however, join Level Two if you have previous pottery experience – please indicate this if you are enquiring using the contact form. Joining at a level other than the beginning will be at the teacher’s discretion, so please enquire before you book.

What Is Included - What Do I Need To Bring?

Introduction to Pottery Courses includes all materials that you need. Additionally your fees include various levels of tools that you can keep. 

Clay, colourings, glazes, underglazes, decals, firings and printed materials are all provided and included.

How Can I Enrol?

Introduction to Pottery courses can be enrolled in directly on the Schedule page – just scroll through the months to find the course you want to enrol in. Please be advised that there are limited spaces available in these course – usually around 8 people – so make sure you book early!

How Can I Pay?

You can pay for the Introduction to Pottery course online by card (Square) or PayPal (card or your PayPal account). If you prefer you can also pay in person by cash or card when you start – please use one of the forms on this page to book your place!

What Will I Be Making?

In the Introduction to Pottery course you will be making a set curriculum, however, you are free to extend the basics with your own imagination and art!

In the advanced parts of the course you will be required to research your ideas and come prepared with images or sketches of how you want to execute your designs. Clay weight and item will be determined by the project parameters.

From Our Students

I have learnt more in three lessons from Lynda than I learnt in three years at another class! I call her “Pearl” – always got a pearl of wisdom to make my work better!


As a professional artist looking to expand into clay, I respect the skills and knowledge I am finding at Firebird Studios.


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4/6 Ramly Drive
Burleigh Heads
QLD, 4220