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Clay Basics: A Handbuilding Journey

4-week Introduction to Handbuilding

4-week Introduction to Handbuilding

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INSTRUCTOR: Jeanette Adrienne Wee

The foundation of hand building will be taught during this 4-week ceramics course (one 2.5 hour class per week). You will be taught several methods such as pinching, coiling and slab to make bowls, mugs, plates, pouring jugs in the first 3 weeks and in the last week you will learn how to glaze your pieces.

The cost of this course includes clay, use of wheel and equipment, materials for decorating and glazing, and firing. This course holds a capacity of 8 students to provide close individual guidance.


• You must be fully vaccinated to sign up.
• Sign ups will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, no reservations or waitlist.
• Strictly no refunds, exchanges or cancellations.
• Class pieces to be collection within 3 months from the last class date or they will be discarded.

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Journey into Pottery

Pottery is an art that requires time and dedication. At Ves, we offer 4-8 session courses to take you on an immersive journey into the world of pottery. Feel the clay in your fingers, experience the momentum of the wheel, and master foundational techniques. Your journey concludes with the creation of your very own ceramic pieces, crafted from scratch by you.


Personalised Guidance For All

Each budding potter is unique. Our small classes, limited to just 8 students, allow for undivided attention from our teachers. This cozy environment fosters connections and friendships among participants.


Taught by Seasoned Professionals

Led by renowned ceramicist Jean Adrienne whose expertise was honed since 2010 through residencies in Japan, Melbourne and Korea. Jean infuses the studio with her vast experience, mentoring both students and our seasoned instructors. Each instructor is either trained by Jean, or brings at least 6 years of experience, providing a diverse and comprehensive learning environment.


Therapeutic & Relaxing

In the midst of life's hustle, we all crave an escape. Pottery offers that sanctuary—calming, relaxing, and the satisfaction of crafting by hand is unparalleled. Our studio is a warm and inviting space where you can find solace anytime, even after your courses conclude.

  • Week 1 – Foundations of Pinching

    • Explore the fundamentals of pinching techniques.
    • Craft your first cups through the art of pinching.
  • Week 2 – Learning coiling

    • Progress to creating larger pieces using coiling.
    • Learn the skill of connecting separate clay bodies.
  • Week 3 – Intro to slab-making

    • Learn how to make flatware by making slabs.
    • Experiment with decorating techniques like carving, drawing, and adding attachments.
  • Week 4 – Intro to Glazing

    • Gain insights into the theory of glazing.
    • Experience different glazing applications as a finishing touch to your pieces.
  • "Excellent Teachers"

    I attended 3 courses at Ves and all of them were excellent. Jean is an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging and extremely skilled.

    - Jamie T.

  • "Cosy studio, fantastic teachers"

    I can't recommend Ves classes enough! The studio is such a peaceful and cosy space. Teachers are incredibly skilled and guide you patiently to refine your pieces

    - Lim Yu Ting

  • "Got me hooked on pottery!"

    I attended Ves's beginner course just for fun. The warm community and engaging lessons kept me going back. Highly recommend starting your pottery journey here.

    - Rainer T.


What course should I take if I am a complete beginner?

Pottery usually begins with handbuilding so for absolute beginners we will recommend the Introduction to Handbuilding course before getting to wheelthrowing.

That said, if you'd like to challenge yourself, our Beginner/Extension Wheelthrowing course is suitable for beginners with no experience too!

What if I have signed up and can’t make it for the classes?

As our courses are planned months in advance, we do not offer refunds or exchanges for credits for any of our courses.

That said, we can arrange one make-up session of the same course at another timeslot. However, do note this is subject to availability. If courses are full, this will not be possible.

Do you have one-off workshops?

Unfortunately, no. At Ves, we only offer short courses that are at least 4 sessions long.

Pottery is a craft that takes decades to master. We believe that short courses are the best way to introduce people to the beauty of pottery and properly impart pottery techniques.

Students also need time to warm up to clay and its properties, and familiarise with new equipment and tools before they start enjoying pottery. We hope you join us!

When can I collect my class pieces?

You can collect your pieces one month after your glazing class.

Do make sure to collect them within 3 months of the glazing class, else we reserve the right to dispose of them. We have ongoing lessons and hundreds of new students pieces being fired daily, so unfortunately we are unable to store your pieces for long.

We seek your understanding to collect your pieces in time.