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Learn from Australia’s leading ceramic artists in your own studio.

Australian Ceramics Online Masterclasses: Series 1 & Series 2 have now available as Open Access. This means that you can sign up for the masterclass at any time and access the course material at your own pace. All of the course material is available to you as soon as you sign up. There is no schedule for the lessons and no live component.

Our instructors give you in-depth lessons covering all their unique processes and they don’t hold back on any of their secrets! Filmed in the artist’s studios, you are given rare insight into their techniques, from start to finish. Each masterclass is made up of three 15–50 minute lessons, each with downloadable instruction sheets and a project to work on at your own pace.

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Bringing Creatures to Life by Alison Smiles

Alison Smiles Bringing Creatures to Life

In this masterclass, Alison Smiles shares her methods for making whimsical figurative forms at the wheel. She will demonstrate how to alter these forms to expose the underlying personality of the creatures hidden within the clay. Bring a sense of play to your creations and watch the wildlife emerge!


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Handbuilding Large Forms by Avital Sheffer

Avital Sheffer Handbuilding Large Forms

In this masterclass Avital Sheffer demonstrates how to make a prototype for handbuilding a family of forms. Avital guides you through how to make a mould for repetitive use. She demonstrates how to finish the form in a variety of ways from the prototype base. Avital talks in detail about construction techniques and composition.


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Make a Handbuilt Hexagon Teapot by Jeff Mincham

Jeff Mincham Make a Handbuilt Hexagon Teapot

In this masterclass, Jeff Mincham demonstrates the making of a handbuilt hexagon teapot from clay slabs. Learn how to make the basic form, and how to make and assemble a spout, lid and handle. Jeff will then demonstrate finishing, glazing and decorating, with emphasis on how this can be varied to suit a personal statement.


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Scratching the Surface: Sgraffito by Gerry Wedd

Gerry Wedd Scratching the Surface: Sgraffito

In this masterclass, Gerry Wedd will demonstrate how to make simple handbuilt forms and apply imagery using sgraffito techniques using the simplest of tools. Gerry will show you how to decorate a form and discuss the whys and hows of his approach to making pots and decorating them. The techniques can be applied to simple decoration or high-level image making.


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Sophisticated Surfaces by Shannon Garson

Shannon Garson Sophisticated Surfaces

In this masterclass Shannon Garson demonstrates how to make colours using a variety of materials. She talks about colour and surface decorating effects, in the context of firing. Shannon guides you through scraffito and shellac resist decoration techniques. Appropriate tools, brushes, handling greenware and studio safety are also discussed. In the final lesson, layering and combining the different techniques is shown, and Shannon discusses how to consider the whole ceramic object.


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Terra Sigillata Bonanza by Pru Morrison

Pru Morrison Terra Sigillata Bonanza

In this masterclass Pru Morrison guides you through how to make coloured terra sigillata from scratch. Pru talks about technical details, methods of applying colour, and ways to combine colour for different effects. Pru demonstrates her sgraffito methods in detail.


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The Intimate Object: How to Make a Cup by Philip Hart

Philip Hart The Intimate Object: How to Make a Cup

In this masterclass, Philip Hart demonstrates the simple complexity of wheel-throwing, trimming and assembling a cup. The humble cup is the most used and useful object made by the potter. Haptic exploration of its surface and form are constant. Fondled and cradled, its proportions and qualities are continuously reviewed, critiqued and analysed.


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Whimsical Handbuilt Creatures by Clairy Laurence

Clairy Laurence Whimsical Handbuilt Creatures

In this masterclass Clairy Laurence guides you through the technical steps to construct a detailed figure. Clairy demonstrates joining and blending techniques, and how to use tools for support. She shows how to make a head and face in detail, including shape, proportions, pinching and clay additions. Clairy also demonstrates finishing methods and discusses glazing and colour.


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