All Hand Building Classes

Our online hand building pottery classes teach you to make ceramic projects without a pottery wheel. If you can roll out a slab of clay, you can make beautiful, functional pottery projects like cups, mugs, plates, bowls, baking dishes, vases, ceramic holiday decorations, and outdoor pottery projects.

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  • People Vases
    Movie + 3 extras

    People Vases

    Movie + 3 extras

    In this class you will learn how to make a tall, tapered hand-built vase with painted face, clothing and details. You will also learn different ways to paint faces and patterns on your vases. This class will teach you basic hand building skills and the skills to make as many face and body pattern...

  • Garden Worms

    Movie

    Learn how to make these fun and expressive Garden Worms in this hand-building/sculpture class. Inspired by one of my favorite characters from Richard Scarrys Busy Town Books, Lowly Worm. These clay worms make a wonderful addition to any garden or planter.
    This is one of the most fun classes I’ve...

  • Handbuilding Ceramic Canvases

    Movie

    Learn how to make your own ceramic canvas to use for wall hanging your ceramic art! Ceramic Canvases are a great way to show off your creativity, you can create abstract texture designs, paint on the surfaces, add sprigs and attachment to them, use them for underglaze decals or overglaze decals. ...

  • Tray with Built-In Handles and Peacock Glazing

    Movie

    You will love making these handbuilt trays with built in handles and peacock glazing technique! In this class we will use slab building techniques and our own handmade bisque tray mold (no worries you can use commercially available molds/forms as well) to shape a tray, then I will show you how to...

  • Pumpkin Plates
    Movie + 2 extras

    Pumpkin Plates

    Movie + 2 extras

    You will love making these simple slabs built pumpkin plates. They are a great way to try out new textures and Autumn glazes!

    Materials:
    3-5lbs Clay rolled out to 3/8” slabs
    Pumpkin templates
    Place Mats, Doilies, Stamps or Texture tools of your choice
    GR pottery forms or Wooded plaques that are...

  • Pumpkin Platter
    Movie + 2 extras

    Pumpkin Platter

    Movie + 2 extras

    Pumpkin Platters
    This is a fabulous way to make a textured Pumpkin Platter!

    Materials:
    3-5lbs Clay rolled out to 3/8” slab
    Pumpkin doily, place mats or scaled up template
    Texture tools of your choice id you are not using the placemat/doily texture
    GR pottery forms or Wooded plaques that are 1-1...

  • Dinner Tray
    Movie + 7 extras

    Dinner Tray

    Movie + 7 extras

    Learn how to make your very own segmented Dinner Tray. This hand building class was inspired by the metal trays I used in the military Chow/Mess hall!
    Materials:
    5lb Clay, I am using Laguna Bmix5
    GR Pottery Forms in the Following Sizes: (1)5x10, ( )4x5, ( )5x5
    Ware board or slab mat to work on
    Do...

  • Thimble Houses
    Movie + 4 extras

    Thimble Houses

    Movie + 4 extras

    You will fall in love with making these super cute little Thimble Houses!
    This class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels

    Materials:
    1lb Clay, I am using Laguna Bmix5
    Ware board or slab mat to work on
    Wooden clay sculpting tools, wooden clay knife
    Serrated Rib
    Slip
    Sponge
    Bucket of wa...

  • Rustic Hanging Planter

    Movie + 9 extras

    Learn to make this rustic hanging wall planter with this fun handbuilding class. You will learn how to roll out clay, we will go over various texture options as well as joining techniques and how to glaze your planter. This is a great project for testing out textures and glazes and for building u...

  • Cactus Planter Magnet
    Movie + 7 extras

    Cactus Planter Magnet

    Movie + 7 extras

    These cute little planters can be made as magnets or hung on a wall. I'll also show you a free standing version too. They are a great project for using up scraps of clay and for testing out glazes.
    This class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

    Materials:
    Clay, About ½-1b. I am using L...

  • Jumbo Slab Bowl

    11 items

    This is a fantastic way to make a large bowl from slabs. I love the freeform nature of this bowl and that you can make them any size you want. These bowls make perfect center pieces or large serving bowls. This class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

    Materials:
    Clay slab about 3/8”” ...

  • Holiday Lace Plates

    7 items

    This is a great way to make hand-built plates from slabs. You can use any size/pattern rim template you like. They are also great for testing out texture, glazes and surface decoration ides. This is my go to shape for Mandala plates (which we will be making next week).
    This class is appropriate f...

  • Snow People

    8 items

    I love this pinch pottery class because it is easily adapted to use with any type of clay. Here I will be using stoneware clay, but you can use air dry or oven bake clay. In this class I will show you how to make 2 different versions of snow people with hats and scarfs and a little snow pet. This...

  • Angel Ornament

    9 items

    Everyone needs more angels in their life. These fun to make angels make great ornaments, wreath decorations, new baby gifts or guardian angels. This project is suited for all ages and skill levels and ca be made with air dry clay or cookie dough!

    Materials:
    1/4” thick Clay slabs, from your favor...

  • House Ornaments

    9 items

    Make these super-cute ornaments with this online hand building pottery class. Perfect for the tree or as a housewarming gift. Don't have a kiln? Make them with air-dry or oven-bake clay and paint them with acrylic paint. Great project for the kids too.

    Tools & Materials
    Clay Slab, 1/4" thick (B-...

  • Cherry Blossom and Leaf Bowls

    17 items

    This is a great way to make a unique slab bowl using a drape mold (don’t have a drape mold then check out our two classes that teach you how to make one). I love Cherry Blossoms for Spring and Leaves for Autumn. Once you know how to make these bowls you can take the skills you learned here and go...

  • Pumpkin Vase

    16 items

    Elevate your autumn décor with this beautiful and useful pumpkin vase. The only thing is that you may not want to put it away when autumn ends! I'll teach you how to make your very own in this online pottery class.

    Tools & Materials
    Clay of Choice (Laguna B-Mix 5, 5lbs, Rolled to a 3/8" slab)
    W...

  • Pinch Pumpkins

    6 items

    You'll want to make a whole patch of these cute little pumpkins. In this online pottery class I'll teach you how to use pinch techniques to quickly and easily make these ceramic pumpkins. You can also use air-dry or oven-bake clay if you don't have access to a kiln which also makes this a great k...

  • Woven Basket

    9 items

    Learn to make this sweet woven basket with this online pottery class. I'll show you how to weave strips that you can extrude or cut from a slab. Once you do this class you'll be making baskets of all shapes and sizes.

    Tools & Materials
    Clay of Your Choice (3 lbs to 4 lbs)
    Clay Knife (Dolan 220S)...

  • Rolling A Slab

    Movie

    Most hand building projects start with a slab. Learn to roll out perfect ones with this free online pottery class and get all your ceramic hand building projects off to a great start.

  • Handbuilt Mug with Texture

    9 items

    Handmade mugs are such a fun and functional pottery project. By adding your favorite textures and patterns to it you can create a unique one of a kind mug that reflects your own personal style. In this class you will learn basic hand-building mug making skills, and how to pull and attach a handle...

  • Heart Trinket Box

    6 items

    You are going to fall in love with making these sweet little heart trinket boxes. We will be using basic slab building techniques to make the box and lid. We will also explore other box shapes that can be made using the skills taught in this class. These are a great project for testing out textur...

  • Candlesticks and Candle Holders

    10 items

    Candlesticks are such a versatile project. You can make them elegant and fancy or county chic and casual. In this class I will show you two ways to make candlesticks /candleholders. We will be using basic slab building techniques and joining composite parts together to create a more complex form....

  • Soap or Sponge Holder

    6 items

    This soap or sponge holder is a great project for beginners or for when you have limited studio time. I like to make these as a way to test out new textures and glazes. They also are great sellers at craft ad art fairs or if you sell your work online. This class is perfect for all ages and skill ...