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Thu, Feb 25


Jack’s Magazine


A six week foundation to hand-building

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Time & Location

Feb 25, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Jack’s Magazine, B.240, via Magazine Way, Maribyrnong VIC 3032, Australia

About The Event

Learn clay hand-building techniques in a relaxed studio environment. Over 6 weeks you will learn about clay types and applications, methods of forming including pinching, coiling, slab-building and kurinuki (carving) - to create a series of objects that are fired and functional. Suitable for beginners or those looking to develop their skills. Starts Thursday and runs weekly from 6-8pm. 

Week 1 : Pinch

Week 2 : Coil 

Week 3 : Kurinuki

Week 4 : Slab 

Week 5 : Freestyle (optional)

Week 6 : Glaze + Fire

Note: work from weeks 1-5 will be bisque fired in preparation for glazing in week 6

BYO towel/apron

About the tutor:

Sachiko Mardon discovered the medium of ceramics (via mould-making and slip-casting) while studying for a  Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hons. RMIT), and later completed a Master of Fine Arts (Ceramics: UTAS). She recently established Piecework Projects studio at Jack’s Magazine, offering makers space to develop their ceramics practice at all levels. Sachiko also teaches hand-building at the Incinerator Gallery and Connie Lichti Ceramics. 


  • Week 1 : PINCH

    Date: 25 February 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm PINCH: Pinching is a fundamental hand-building technique. In this class we'll try different clay types and get a feeling for the material's limitations and possibilities!

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  • Week 2 : COIL

    Date: 4 March 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm COIL: Coils can be hand formed or extruded, and the technique of coiling lends itself to making (infinitely) larger objects!

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  • Week 3 : KURINUKI

    Date: 11 March 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm KURINUKI: Kurinuki is a technique where an object is carved from a solid block of clay. It differs from other techniques as it is reductive rather than additive.

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  • Week 4 : SLAB

    Date: 18 March 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm SLAB: Slabs are rolled sheets of clay, which can then be cut to size and constructed into 3-dimensional objects. Learn about soft-slabs, hard-slabs and their various applications. This is a great technique to introduce texture!

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  • Week 5 : FREEFORM

    Date: 25 March 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm Extend your skills - choose a technique (or two) to explore further *(this session is optional - make sure to select GLAZE + FIRE to finish the course)

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  • Week 6 : GLAZE + FIRE

    Date: 1 April 2021 Time: Thursday 6-8pm GLAZE + FIRE: Work completed in previous weeks will be bisque fired and ready for glazing. In this class you will learn application techniques, preparing your pieces for firing, and a brief intro to kilns and loading. This step is essential to complete the process and make your pieces functional!

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