Course Summary

With a focus on making functional vases and bowl forms, students will learn the basic techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building through group demonstrations and tutorials. 

Be introduced to fundamental hand building techniques and learn the complete process of making with clay. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with the techniques learned, as well as receive one on one direction to discuss and develop any personal projects. We will create functional vases and bowls with high fired stoneware clay and water tight/food safe glazes. Students will leave with the skills, knowledge and confidence to further pursue hand building.  

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have had some experience in hand building as you will receive individual attention while developing your personal projects. The course fee includes stoneware clay, glazes, tools and firing. 

Throughout the course we will cover:

– The stages of working with clay (creating, glazing and firing)

– Experimental and design based approaches to making

– Pinching and Coiling techniques

– Slab building techniques

– Glaze application and suitability


Materials used:

– Stoneware clay

  • Stoneware glazes


About Ceramic Artist and Tutor Ella Bendrups

Ella Bendrups is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Utilising solely hand-building techniques, Ella creates innate forms refined for a modern context. With a background in styling supported by studies in Communication Design and Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT University, Ella began social ceramics classes in 2015 before progressing to a self-led explorative practice. Ella hand builds each of her pieces in a home studio, working on one small group of related pieces at a time. She utilises a combination of pinching, carving and slab building techniques to create both functional and sculptural pieces with an organic feel. Ella celebrates the maker’s touch, embracing evidence of process in her finished work.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email to register your interest.

Please bring an apron or smock and a large garbage bag or drycleaning bag.  All other materials will be provided.

Please wear closed-toe shoes.


Last updated: August 20, 2019 12:35pm