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Handbuilding for Beginners

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Experience the joy of hand-building with clay in a relaxed and creative environment. Explore how to combine coil and slab techniques to create one-of-a-kind ceramic artworks.

Over six weeks, this course provides comprehensive guidance on sculptural form, mastering hand-building techniques, and the art of glazing while you develop your own sculptural piece or unique tableware.

Students are encouraged to come prepared with ideas for their projects. Feel free to bring along any support materials, mood boards, sketches, or objects that inspire you and help communicate your ideas.

This course welcomes students of all skill levels, from beginners eager to learn the basics to experienced ceramicists seeking to refine their techniques and explore new possibilities.

The course will be held at Albury TAFE campus, with students having access to the full suite of tools and equipment in the large purpose built studio. Course fee includes all materials and equipment.

Presented in partnership with Riverina TAFE.

Meet the Tutor

A smiling woman standing with her hands behind her back in front of a white shelf with clay sculptures

Emily Mulvihill

Emily is an artist who loves problem solving and the challenges of understanding different material boundaries. For this reason, she is passionate about ceramics and the adventures that clay presents and supporting her students to find their own connection to clay and materials.

She has always been involved in the arts industry and has pursued a career in caring for art collections as a painting conservator, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where she worked on famous paintings such as Andy Warhol’s Gold Marylin Monroe. Emily has moved to the Riverina and is now the registrar at MAMA where she cares for and maintains the Murray Art Museum Albury Collection. She believes in ensuring that the artworks physical and conceptual integrity is maintained and preserved for the Albury community.

Emily enjoys working and sharing with students. She believes in an equal exchange between tutors and students and generously shares her own experience and knowledge and welcomes the insights and observations of others.

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