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clay at Home

Setting up a space in your home for online clay classes can be easier than it sounds! All you need is a table and some simple tools that can be found lying around at home. We are here to help you get started and are so excited to announce the launch of our first online hand-building workshop series! This series consists of five workshops and monthly live zoom question and answer periods with the instructor. Explore your creativity in a fun and tactile medium from the comfort of your home. Read below for details.

Hand-building With Clay at Home 

In these fun, interactive and unique workshops, you will learn a variety of techniques, approaches and creative ways to make a variety of finished pieces. All workshops use hand-building techniques only (no potters wheel required). All levels of experience are welcome. The workshops are listed below in sequence from easiest to most advanced in skill level. You can pause the videos anytime and go at your own pace!

Before purchasing a class(es), please watch our welcome video, where Karisa introduces herself and shares some information about the tools that will be required for these workshops. Everything can be done from the comfort of your home!

To celebrate our first-ever online workshops series, we are offering an introductory cost of only $30.00! This includes five 20-40 min online workshops. If you are local to Vancouver Island and would like to have your work fired at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio (140 Wallace St, Nanaimo, BC), you can bring work in to be fired and glazed for a fee. For more information on this, please check out the  Firing Services page, or give us a call at 250-754-8377, and we would be happy to answer any of your questions. For those of you desiring live one-on-one instruction via Zoom Meet, Karisa offers private video sessions on a half-hour basis.  Sessions are priced at $25.00/30-minute Zoom.  If you'd like to book a time slot or have any questions, please email Karisa at

Once you are subscribed to this class, you will be able to log in to the Hand-building at home tab, where you will find all five classes. Learn about each project in the section below.


1. Pinch Pot Planter Pot

18min Tutorial

This workshop shows you how to create a planter pot using a pinching technique. We will talk about using natural materials to explore surface texture techniques and how to create a drainage hole in the bottom of the planter. The pinch pot planter is one of the most simple, fun and rewarding projects. The first step is a ball of clay, and it transforms into a beautiful planter pot right before your eyes!

2. Tiny Tea Dishes With Texture & Feet
25 min tutorial

In this workshop, we learn how to create tiny dishes that can be used for a variety of everyday uses such as tea dishes, jewellery holders, spoon rests, soap dishes and more!  Make one, or make five! We will talk about shape variation, surface texture, raised edges

3. Slab Built Mug With Texture
47min tutorials

This workshop shows you step by step, how to create a mug!  We go through how to roll out a slab, surface texture techniques, how to make a cylinder, how to attach a base and how to make and attach a handle. You can take a lot of the techniques from this workshop and apply them in endless creative ways to all of your future handbuilt projects!

4. Funky Coiled Vase
38 min

Coils, coils and more coils!  Learn how to create a vase made from the coiling technique.  We will talk about how to roll out coils, how to maintain a consistent evenness, spiralling techniques, attachments and more. The possibilities with coils are endless and there are infinite ways that you can take this technique and run with it in your own unique creative direction! 

Shaping Clay
Shaping Clay

5. Large Vessel & Shape Variation
40 min

Let’s dive deeper into soft slab-building techniques!  In this workshop, we will be exploring the same technique as in the make a mug workshop, except we will be taking it in the direction of a larger scale piece & form variations.  This workshop requires you to let your slab dry for a little bit before going onto the next step. Be prepared to lightly cover it with a piece of plastic, or let it sit and air dry for a little while

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