It can take you many years of practice to fine tune your wheel throwing skills but when you learn some simple hand building techniques, you will feel empowered to build both larger and more complex forms in no time. By learning how to make, rather than what to make, you are free to engage in your own interest based creative making process right form the beginning.

The journey of exploration when working with clay is both important and rewarding for you so you can make unique ceramic pieces by hand. The making process slows down and you have more input into your finished pieces as you learn to push your own boundaries and interests. Not only will you learn some great skills, you will begin to understand the unique nature of different ceramic materials which add to your ability to create work that expresses your own creative ideas.

Begin your creative journey with clay with our new 5 week Handbuilding course.

Contemporary ceramicist and experienced teacher Fiona Cuthbert O’Meara will guide you through the ceramic making process, so you are free to get busy and work up to creating all those dream projects!

This workshop series will teach you a variety of hand building techniques to get you up and running in the studio (and at home!) including: pinched forms, coils, slabs, adding spouts/handles and more.

Classes run on 5 consecutive Thursday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm. Healthy morning tea is provided.

We invite you to maximise your success in our well-equipped studio.

New January Handbuilding 101 workshop series is open for booking now. Visit our workshop page to book your place and get started!

Handbuilding 101- January 26- February 23, 2023 (Thursday daytime)



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  • Cancellations made with more than 7 working days in advance of the event start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made with less than 7 working days to the training start date will not be eligible for a refund of any kind. Class sizes are kept small to optimise your experience and we ask that you are clear about your dates please. Due to small class sizes and the specialised equipment required, we cannot offer make-up sessions if any classes are missed within your workshop timeframe.
  • You may transfer your registration to another one of our scheduled Workshops in the same calendar year (pending availability) any time before 7 working days of the event; you will not be entitled to a refund for the difference.

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Fiona will be in contact a week before classes start to provide you with instructions and what to bring.