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Hand-building Ceramics for Beginners and Beyond with Kara Pryor

Enjoy learning to make functional and decorative ceramics in a relaxed, friendly and creative atmosphere. 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

  • learn fundamental skills in hand-building ceramics
  • make functional ware as well as sculptural pieces
  • learn about slab, coil and molded ceramics
  • learn bout different clays, glazes
  • discover surface decoration techniques

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

Images : Kara Pryor.


A limited range of clays and glazes will be available for purchase.

Your tutor will recommend speciality glazes and tools you can purchase once the course is underway.

You will need to bring (all items are available from

  • an apron
  • hand towel
  • plastic garbage bags to cover your projects as they dry
  • a small round sponge
  • mudtool ribs (choose from either red or yellow or both)
  • a clay wire cutter
  • a metal needle tool
  • a fettling knife
  • Sgraffito tool or carving tools
  • a pencil case to store your tools
  • a large(ish) plastic storage container with a lid
  • a stamp to mark your work
  • your sense of fun and creativity!

Will my vessels be fired?

Kiln firing is charged by weight at $10/kg. Works made outside of Art Est. studios are not able to be fired in our kiln.

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

Unless otherwise noted, prices *exclude* art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

To learn about our studios, kitchen facilities and how to get there, click here.

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Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher, and Australian Partners of Defence member discounts. You must use your voucher or membership at the time of booking. To book with a Service NSW voucher, you will need to book over the phone or with our voucher booking form. Please note: we cannot accept the Service NSW vouchers via our online checkout. 

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$675 Limited inc GST
Hand-building Ceramics for Beginners and Beyond with Kara Pryor

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Early Bird Discount: Enrol by 4 July 2022 to receive 5% off on your term fees. Discount automatically applied at the checkout.

Fee excludes materials and firing. | Suitable for all levels.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • A great introduction to a wide variety of hand-building techniques and decorative techniques. Plenty of room to experiment too. We went away with 10+ pieces so also great value for money.
  • It is great working with clay in a relaxed atmosphere, creating individual objects and being guided by Kara every step of the way!