Handbuilding with Mary-lou Pittard

Next Available: Tue, 04 Feb 6:30PM
2.5 hours
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This course is suitable for beginners or those with more experience who want to handbuild with clay. You will learn a range of handbuilding techniques suitable for creating your own vessels, sculptural pieces and small objects. You will also be introduced to a range of decoration techniques using slips, stains and underglazes. This is your chance to create objects with your own personal style or draw on inspiration from the latest trends.

Our experienced tutor, Mary-lou Pittard, will develop your skills and help you work towards your own final project or take inspiration from her years of experience.

What you'll learn:

  • how to work with clay as a material
  • pinch and slab building techniques for creating small forms and vessels
  • choose your project and our experienced tutor will guide you to your goal: platters, bowls, vases, spoons, jewelry... Endless possibilities.
  • decorative techniques using brush work, pattern making, s. graffito etc.
  • how to mix stains into clay to create organic patterns and effects.


This is a 2.5 hour course on Tuesday evenings for 4 weeks.

**Please Note there will be no class on the Cup Day Public Holiday - Tuesday 5th November - Classes will resume as normal the following week**

Why Clay Talk?

Our class sizes are small so you can develop your skills, find your individual style and learn at your own pace. Clay Talk @ Montsalvat’s spacious and beautifully designed ceramic studio is a great space to tap into your creativity.

About your tutor:  Mary-lou Pittard

Mary-lou has worked in her Eltham Studio as a professional potter for over 35 years.  She is a well known local identity through her community involvement, as artist in residence with local schools, working with the Nillumbik Shire on large scale ceramic murals and smaller class room projects, not to mention her own functional ceramic practice.

Mary-lou produces brightly coloured stoneware ceramics in her home studio/gallery in Eltham.  Her work can also be admired & purchased at the Made at Montsalvat shop. She will create an energizing and creative haven for you at Clay Talk, where you can explore and develop your hand-building skills.

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What you will learn
  • How to understand and work with clay as a material
  • Techniques including pinching and slab building for creating small forms and vessels
  • Decorative techniques using brushes, coloured stains, glazes and other tools in the studio
What you will get
  • 5kg of clay to start you off
  • Use tools and materials to form and decorate your projects/
  • Your project completed, fired and ready to take home and use (end-of term firing fee is $8/kg)

What to bring
  • Towel
  • Apron
What to wear

Casual / older clothes and covered or closed-in shoes - clay can get messy!

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in learning ceramics and making delicate objects. You may have never touched clay before, want a refresher course or are keen to build on your existing skills

Gift vouchers

If you'd like to give this course to someone special, gift vouchers are available. To find out more, email claytalk@montsalvat.com.au

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you change your mind and want to cancel your course booking completely, you can either transfer your enrolment to a friend or we'll refund:

  • 100% if you cancel at least 4 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee.
  • 50% if you cancel 2 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee. 
  • No refund if you cancel:
    • less than 2 weeks before the course starts; or
    • the course has already started.

We'll give a full refund if we have someone on our waiting list who can take your spot immediately or if we cancel a course for any reason.

If you can’t attend a class during your course, unfortunately we don’t offer make up classes. We therefore encourage you to choose your courses and dates carefully.

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