Course Summary

Get your hands dirty!

This is a great class for anyone wanting to make a start with clay. We cover simple techniques for making functional and decorative pieces. It’s also a great start to confidently learn how to create and apply your own style of decoration. All materials including glazes are included in course fee.


Course Sessions

Tuesday, 19th October - 5 classes

Session ID HXA01904C
19 Oct - 23 Nov 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$389 / $370 (conc)

No class on Nov 2, 2021 (Melbourne Cup h oliday)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the foundation skills and techniques used in studio ceramics. Using terracotta clay and earthenware decorating and glazing materials, students are taken through a range of hands on exercises to develop foundation skills. Students will gain an overall understanding of the ceramic process and gain confidence in how to work with clay. This includes technical information from which to build a good foundation of techniques to enjoy the processes of working with clay.

During the course you will learn about:

  • The fundamentals of the ceramic process – make, fire, decorate, glaze, fire.
  • Pinch pots & Coil pots.
  • Simple slab plates.
  • Creating simple patterns for decorations and then applying them.
  • The firing processes.
  • Applying glaze

Materials used:

  • Terracotta clay
  • Earthenware slip/engobe
  • Earthenware glaze

 These materials will be provided.



About Ceramicist Steven McClure

Steven is a ceramicist and educator who specialises in hand-built forms ranging from functional and decorative pieces through to sculpture and interior lighting.
Steven’s qualifications include Graduate Diploma I WEB (RMIT University), Bachelor Fine Art (RMIT University) and Bachelor Science (Monash University).
My list of awards include The Deakin Small Sculpture 2015 Peoples Choice Award

Interior Design Excellence Awards 2014  Shortlist – Object Furniture and Lighting

RMIT Department of Fine Art Potters Equipment Award

Moorabbin TAFE Achievement Awards: Drawing and Ceramics.

"I have always made things and the attraction to clay is in the hands-on making … it is the material that I am attracted to most.  All through school I remember taking on complex craft activities. But a creative life didn’t seem like an option. It wasn’t till my first day at Art school in my 30's that I took my creativity seriously!  This making thing is home. The place I feel most sure, safe and confident."

What to bring:

Please bring to first class an old towel, apron or old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, drycleaning plastic or large garbage bags to cover your work, any clay modelling tools or synthetic paint brushes you may have (not essential). Clay and glazes are provided.

This course is suitable for students with no previous experience using clay.

Continuing students, who have done the course previously or have prior ceramics experience are also welcome to join the class to further their skills and knowledge by working on their own projects, with some guidance from the teacher.

Last updated: September 22, 2021 04:30pm