Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

Ceramic Hand Building with Rara Studio

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In this beginners hand-building workshop you will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make something lovely for yourself or for a friend! 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 and the option of using coloured underglaze to make simple patterns.

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 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
  • 3-5 hand-built pieces that you can keep or give as gifts
  • Personalised guidance and support while you build
  • All the skills you need to be able to go home and keep making!

What to bring
  • All materials are provided
  • Optional: Apron
What to wear

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

Appropriate for

All are welcome!

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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22 January 2020 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

I loved this workshop! Alica is a great teacher and was very helpful in bringing out my creative streak. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Can't wait to see my pieces after they have been glazed and fired!


21 January 2020 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building



25 December 2019 • Introduction to Ceramic Hand Building

What an excellent and well run workshop! Very encouraging and patient and it all takes place in a really nice setting. Would definitely recommend.

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