Handbuild Your Own Teapot 4-Week Online Class

Make your own pottery teapot from home!

Live via Zoom
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Learn the fundamental skills of hand building with clay from the comfort of your own home in this 4-week online pottery course. Your tutor will guide you through the basic techniques involved in making with clay using a new project each week to inspire your creativity and hone your skills.

Please Note: This is an Online class and will be conducted via Zoom for a safe and creative experience right from the comfort of your own home. Participants will be delivered login instructions via email upon booking and it is recommended you familiarise yourself with the software prior to the class. All materials are included but participants will need to be close enough to collect materials and drop off work for firing once finished  - details below.

Week 1: Pinching and coiling to make plant pots, spoons or jewellery.

Week 2: Slab Building plates, jars and the beginning of your teapot base.

Week 3: Handmade teapot - Make handles and spouts to attach to your teapot base along with a lid to finish it off. 

Week 4: Free project week - Guided assistance with whichever project you would like to work on, refining previous projects or making more teapots.

Collection and Drop-off: All materials are included in the price and will need to be collected from Clay Talk @ Montsalvat on Tuesday 28th July between 4pm - 6pm ONLY (Please keep all materials after using).  You will then need to return your finished pieces on Thursday 27th August 4pm-6pm ONLY for firing and then collection when notified via email (Most likely a Thursday at the same time 3-4 weeks after).

If you cannot meet these requirements you are welcome to do the course but you will obviously have to source your own materials and local firing service.

Your tutor:  

Denholm Lappas is a multifaceted ceramic artist and passionate art educator having studied at RMIT University he has been working in the medium of clay for over 10 years, working from his own studio in Brunswick his practice extends into various facets of the ceramic art including throwing, handbuilding, casting, artistic exhibition and commercial commission. He has a fervent interest in different firing techniques and material testing.

Denholm aims to make your first experience with ceramics fun and exciting, and his enthusiasm for the art form is infectious.

All making materials are provided. But a ruler, old steak knife, plastic for wrapping unfinished work, wooden rolling pin, 5-10mm thick strips of timber and a roughly 50cm2 sheet of cement sheet would be hugely beneficial in the making process.

- The class will have a maximum of 8 students.  The cost is all inclusive.

*Donations: Clay Talk @ Montsalvat is a not for profit arts organisation and relies on the generosity of private supporters to maintain and develop the many programs that contribute to the dynamism of this vibrant artistic hub. We are currently fundraising for a new electric kiln which will expand our capacity to offer more versatile and creative firing opportunities, and lift our technical resources to the level required to match our brilliant students and resident artists. You can make a tax deductible donation at the checkout by selecting a ticket inclusive of a small donation or by including a donation as a merchandise option. Alternatively you can contact us at claytalk@montsalvat.com.au

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What you will learn
  • Pinch, joining, slab building and other hand building techniques
  • Decorative carving and impressing techniques
What you will get
  • An exciting and creative clay experience from the comfort of your own home
  • Your own finished set of plates, spoons, jars and a teapot, plus any other creations ready to take and and use

What to bring
  • An old knife for carving clay such as a steak knife or craft knife and an old rolling pin
  • A suitable workspace (such as a 500mm x 500mm wooden board), 50cm2 cement sheet, small bucket of water, apron and towel.
  • Leaves, fabric and other objects can make great impressions in your finished pieces.
What to wear

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

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in trying ceramics. You may have never touched clay before or be looking to see if you're ready to get back into it.

Refund & Cancellation 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 our own reasons not mentioned below.

if for reasons outside of our control, such as severe weather conditions, a class must be cancelled we will do our best to accommodate you with a replacement class.

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.

Online Classes:
If technical issues on the part of the tutor disrupt our online stream for a significant amount of time and the class cannot be completed satisfactorily we will do our best to accommodate you with a make-up class or a refund will be offered if no make-up class can be agreed upon.

Technical issues on the part of the participant are not our responsibility.

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Terms & Conditions

Online Classes:

If booking our online classes you agree to being able to collect and drop-off your materials and/or finished pieces at the designated times and at these times only.

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19 August 2020 • Handbuild Your Own Teapot 4-Week Online Class

Thank goodness for Handbuild Your Own Teapot online class. Just as lockdown couldn’t get any more boring, this class came along and life is a bit brighter! Even though this was not an easy project, Denholm was able to communicate the techniques over the zoom. I now have a couple of tea pots, jugs, and a bowl. Due to stage 4 restrictions, I am waiting to glaze and fire them, can’t wait!

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