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Handbuilding Ceramics for Beginners and Beyond

Enjoy learning to make functional and decorative ceramics in a relaxed, friendly and creative atmosphere with Kara Pryor. Students will be introduced to clay hand building fundamentals: coiling, pinching and slab building. Using these techniques students will learn how to build a range of simple forms. Students will also be introduced to a range of creative surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, carving, painting with slips and some glazing. This class does not use the pottery wheel you just use your hands, fingers and simple tools for your hand building to create functional ceramics.

What to expect

You are encouraged to develop your own projects to work on as you build your skills

Is this course right for me?

This class is suitable for anyone from absolute beginners to more experienced students who would like to learn creative approaches to ceramics.

Images : Kara Pryor.


You will need to bring:

an apron
plastic garbage bags to cover your projects as they dry
a large(ish) plastic storage container with a lid
your sense of fun and creativity!

What materials will be provided?

Included in the course fee is use of clay and basic glazes. You can purchase additional bags of clay as required from Art Est. at cost price of $25 per bag)

Pottery tool sets are available for purchase at $15.

Will my vessels be fired?

Kiln firing of several finished pieces throughout the term is included in the course fee. Students wishing to fire lots of pieces or excessively large works will need to discuss this with their tutor and additional charges will apply. Works made outside of Art Est. studios are not able to be fired in our kiln.

For Term 4, our regular classes will return to studio based learning.

We are also continuing some classes via zoom for students preferring online learning at this time. Please check the location details with the class information before enrolling.

For studio based classes, extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • It is great working with clay in a relaxed atmosphere, creating individual objects and being guided by Kara every step of the way!