Make Your Own Ceramic Vases 4-Week Online Class

Make your own pottery vases from home!

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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 vases and other tall sculptures 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.
Our good friends at Walker Ceramics have put together a Montsalvat specific toolkit on their online shop (link below) which we recommend you purchase prior to the class allowing 3-5 days for postage or longer in regional and interstate areas. You may also source your own materials locally.

Week 1: Pinching and coiling to make plant pots, cups and small sculptures.

Week 2: Slab Building plates, texture impressions and the beginning of taller vessels.

Week 3: Handmade Vase - Make handles and other additions to attach to your vase.

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

Collection and Drop-off: Due to current lockdown restrictions we cannot fire your pots and materials can no longer be collected but you can purchase a toolkit from our pottery supplier Walker Ceramics - Please allow at least 3-5 days for postage in victoria and longer in regional and interstate areas:
When lockdown restrictions ease we may have the option to fire your pottery or alternatively you can source your own 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
  • Pinching, 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
  • Please purchase a toolkit 3-5 days prior to class: http://shop.walkerceramics.com.au/JT85/Montsalvat-Student-Kit/pd.php
  • An old knife for carving clay such as a steak knife or craft knife, an old rolling pin and a wooden board as a work surface.
  • 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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28 October 2020 • Make Your Own Ceramic Vases 4-Week Online Class

I thoroughly enjoyed the online handbuilding lessons through Claytalk at Montsalvat, Denholm made it super interesting and gave us lots of tips and stories along the way that really fed our curiosity about working with clay. Renée

Clay Talk @ Montsalvat


Hi Renée,
Glad you enjoyed the class, hopefully we see you again some time!


28 October 2020 • Make Your Own Ceramic Vases 4-Week Online Class

Loved learning more about hand-building while waiting for the studio to reopen for wheel-throwing. I’m not especially artistic so I have always been drawn to the practical and functional aspects of wheel throwing. This was a pleasant experience outside of my comfort-zone that helped me to understand that mastering a few basic techniques can lead the way to creativity.

Clay Talk @ Montsalvat


Glad we could feed your clay curiousity during lockdown. Can't wait to see you back on the wheel in the studio!

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