Introduction To Pottery Course

10 Week Intensive Pottery Course to Introduce You to the Major Making and Decorating Techniques used to Hand Build Pottery and Ceramic Art.

Stage One – Make

Stage Two – Decorate



Introduction to Pottery 10 Week Intensive Course

The best way to start your pottery journey is with a highly focussed course that will show you all the basic making and decorating techniques and introduce you to some amazing 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 stage 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 projects, designing and planning your work, intro to sculpting, the use of washi transfer paper, multiple firings and other decorating techniques.

Now you are ready to come to Open Studio Class where you can work at your own pace in the direction that really matters to you! 

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 – Stage One

Stage One – Make

In this stage we focus on learning basic making skills – “what” we make is not that relevant, however, students make amazing work they are really proud of! these making skills touch on all the main ways to make pottery items by hand. 

Week One

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

Week Two

  • Obtaining a professional finish
  • Pinch pots – tea set with teapots, tray/saucer, cups and spoons 
  • 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 – Stage Two

Stage Two – Decorate

Now we extend your building skills into more adventurous projects. You get a design brief and its up to you how you execute the brief – we show you many new decorating techniques and encourage you to incorporate these new skills into your designs. We are SO amazed by the work our students achieve in such a short period of time!

Week One

  • Intro to Glaze Technology
  • Build a plater and a tall items for sgraffito.
  • 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 run Introduction to Pottery Intensive courses each semester in alignment with QLD school terms.

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 10 Week Intensive Course – $650 for the 10 weeks, including your materials, firings, colourants, some tools that are yours to keep, and a 10 Class Pass to Open Studio (value of bonuses over $400!)

When Are Classes Held?

Introduction to Pottery Intensive Course:

Tuesday 6pm – 9pm

Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm

Thursday 6pm – 9pm

Maximum of 8 students per 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 d?

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