Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Intro to hand building and glazing ceramics

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In this two part beginners hand-building and glaze workshop, you will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make something lovely in the first session and then glaze your work in the second session. You will learn different hand-building techniques like pinching and slabbing to make pieces such as cups, planters or spoons. You will have the opportunity to work with different stoneware clays, the option of using coloured underglaze to make patterns and glaze in different colours and styles.

Tea and a special homemade treat will be provided.

Your finished pieces will be fired and glazed for you, ready for collection at Think Thornbury 2-4 weeks after the final class.

Who is Aliça?

Aliça runs RARA Studio (@hellorarastudio), a Melbourne-based ceramics business.

She makes unique, hand-built objects for the home and to wear.

Aliça has a background in fine art and has a love for natural materials and objects, especially the look and feel of handmade work. She originally studied ceramics with a Japanese ceramicist but is primarily self-taught. Each piece she makes is one of a kind, with the marks of the maker celebrated, forming the texture of the work.

She sells her ceramics online, with stockists across Australia and overseas. You can also find her at markets like Big Design Market and the Melbourne Ceramics Market. Her work has been featured in Frankie, Yen and Country Style Magazine.

Aliça works locally from her studio in Thornbury, with her three studio helpers, Teti (dog), Claudia and Sybil (cats).

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What you will learn
  • A range of hand-building techniques including pinching and slabbing
  • About different stoneware clays and how to work with them
  • How clays and glazes can be combined to achieve different looks
What you will get
  • 3 - 8 unique hand-built pieces that you can keep or give as gifts
  • Personalised guidance and support while you build and glaze
  • All the skills you need to be able to go home and keep making

What to bring
  • All materials are provided
  • An apron (optional)
What to wear

Something comfortable you don’t mind getting a bit of clay on or an apron if you prefer.

Appropriate for

Anyone any age wanting to give ceramics a go :-)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.

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Terms & Conditions


We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.

You can send us an email prior to class hello@thinkthornbury.com or just give us a heads up at the start of class. 

We want to make sure you feel comfortable and at home in Think Thornbury!

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10 April 2020 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

I thought the ceramics class was a well rounded way to gain a basic understanding of making and creating ceramics. The teacher was very good at explaining what to do and what not to do depending on your aim. We were given an explanation about the different types of clay and how they were best suited to making specific items like mugs for instance. I do think she could have talked a little more about making other forms like sculptures or small trinkets. I would definitely recommend the workshop to others especially if you are wanting to get an idea of hand building out of clay, also for people who just are looking to have a bit of fun.


01 March 2020 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Such a great intro into learning how to create ceramics. Aliçia was super knowledgeable and friendly too :)


23 February 2020 • Ceramic hand building and glazing workshop

Loved the thought and consideration put into all aspects of the workshop. Aliça was generous with her guidance and took care to ensure everyone had enough support. Wonderful that there was no limit to the amount of clay we could use and that we were encouraged to make whatever our heart desired. Would highly recommend attending this 2 part workshop. Can’t wait to see my finished pieces!

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