Our evening pottery course for beginners provides the way to socialize and unwind after a busy week day. Our class sizes are intentionally small with only 5-7 people max perfect for a relaxed environment.
Hand building classes is an overview of the fundamental steps involving the basic hand building pottery technique including pinch, slab or coil. A variety of these techniques maybe combined in the one off class.
Classes include do along demonstrations with plenty of hands on experience.
Hand building pottery class for beginners will have more immediate results and a higher level of success than pottery wheel throwing in terms of what every a student want to produce.
Class location: 3 Arawa Street, Shirley.
Includes: All materials
What to bring: Apron, bottle of water and a container to bring your creations home. You can bring in beverages and snacks to enjoy while working.
Please note to wash your apron separately after being clayed.
1. Do you have parking? Yes we do have lots of off street parking
2. Do you offer private class? Yes we do. Please check our website or send us an email.
3. Do you offer wheel one on one class? We might be including a wheel class in the future but it might be for intermediate unattended class. (Preferably for students with previous experience)
4. Do you have pottery wheels to rent? Yes we do. Please check our website for more information
5. How long before I can be able to paint my creations? Please make sure to paint it once its really dry approx after 3-7 days
Please make sure not to touch your creations after painting it. You need to wait for at least 2-3 days otherwise paint can come off.
6. What happens when there is class cancellation due to COVID? In an event of a lock down and we are not able to meet you in person, we will endeavor to continue lessons online. This will be via Google Meet.
7. Will you be offering firing clay during class? We can do. However, student must buy the firing clay per bag. We currently do not offer per kilograms. Firing and glazing fee is not inclusive and class fee remains as is.
8. Do you make own sessions for those who have learned basic skills but do not own equipment but want to come for 2-4 hours and play with clay? We are happy to offer this option on week days only. Preferably Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-2pm. You must work independently, clean up the studio after use and must bring home your creations. We currently do not have storage. Tools are provided or can be purchased. Clay must be purchased in house. We do stock a number of different clays. firing and glazing fee is not inclusive. Weekly fee for 12 hours is $20 per person. Please call us at 020.4026.4422 for reservations. Maximum of 6.
Hand building pottery is the oldest use of medium. In fact the oldest known ceramic artifact was hand built and is dated as early as 28,000 BCE. This was the medium used prior to the creation of wheel. There are 3 different kinds of pottery hand building techniques which are pinching, coiling and slab rolling. These are the 3 basic fundamental steps in order to help you create your own personal functional ware.
Pinching technique - is the first hand building technique to learn when you first begin to work with clay. Start off with a single ball of clay (usually 350g) and press your thumb into the center while you spin and press the inner and outer walls using your thumb.
Coiling technique - these are created by rolling out long individual coils of clay and joining them together to create a larger piece. It can take on any forms, sizes and can range from small to large.
Slab rolling technique -after a clay have been processed through a slab roller, the clays are formed by joining the slabs together. A slab roller is an industrial-sized rolling pins that allows for quick and efficient production of clay slabs used. Two slabs together are joined using a process called “score and slip.” Scoring your clay is scratching marks on the two sides that will be joined together. After scoring your clay, use brush slip on each side as if you are gluing them together.