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Handbuilding Flatware Workshop


Handbuilding Flatware Workshop



Workshop Schedule


Saturday May 13

In this workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of handbuilding techniques to create a range of handmade flatware - dishes, plates, trays, salt dishes, etc.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and for those looking to create flatware without the use of the pottery wheel,  focusing on the free-form and organic qualities that handbuilding can offer. This workshop will focus on using slabs to create flatware. Different techniques for making slabs will be demonstrated - rolling, 'throwing' slabs, in addition to cutting, refining, creating rims and applying textures. 

The Handbuilding Flatware workshop will use stoneware clay and students can choose up to three works created to be glazed and fired (as a group participants can choose two glazes from our class set). Work will take approximately three weeks to be ready for collection. 

Please bring along your own apron.

Sarah Schembri Tutor Profile

Sarah Schembri has been a tutor with Northcote Pottery Supplies for the past four years and is also a former resident artist at NPS. She first studied ceramics under Barbara Campbell-Allen at the Willoughby Arts Centre in Sydney, then went on to further studies at Holmesglen Institute of Tafe and Ballarat University. Sarah supplies her ceramics to a number retail outlets in Australia, including, Craft Victoria, MrKitly and our very own SMALLpieces, she also has her own online store and has been selected as a finalist in several ceramic award exhibitions.

Sarah’s work is inspired by the diversity and beauty of the Australian landscape - particularly rock formations with their contrasting textures and colours. She is passionate about creating functional, tactile and visually appealing ceramics, particularly tableware.

“Teaching is an opportunity for me to share with others what I love and are passionate about - working with clay!I believe that creating an environment that is enjoyable and interesting are the best ways for people to engage and learn. This is what I try to create in my classes, a place that is fulfilling and rewarding.”