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The best ceramic classes in Singapore to make your own pottery

Get creative and start making your own cups, saucers, bowls and unique pieces with the art of pottery making

By Elliot Lim
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If you’re hoping for a Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore moment in the romance-thriller film Ghost, we suggest you look somewhere else. These craft studios mean business when it comes to the art of pottery making. In fact, they are set out to turn you into masters of moulding so that replacing a broken plate can be done so with just a potter’s wheel.

Ready to start making your own cups, saucers, vases and unique pieces? We assure you. it is going to be very rewarding to bring back your own masterpieces. Kickstart your new hobby in ceramics at these seven studios in Singapore where you can learn the useful craft. 

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Mud Rock Ceramics

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Some Singaporean restaurants such as Le Binchotan and Osteria Art have sought out Mud Rock Ceramics for crafting their dinnerware. The same hands also moulded a commissioned tea set commissioned specially for Her Majesty the Queen of England. And if these two instances are not a clear indication of Mud Rock Ceramics’ aptitude in pottery, we don’t know what is. So learn from the pros with its five-lesson beginner pottery class at $315 per person, where you’ll learn the foundation of ceramics, including throwing, trimming, coiling, slab building and glazing.

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Thow Kwang Pottery

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While off the beaten path, Pottery Thow Kwang Industry is worth a visit for it is home to possibly the last surviving dragon kiln in Singapore. From tours around the premises to Peranakan dinnerware for purchasing, the venue draws visitors with its Sunday pottery workshops at $300 and $420 for modules one and two respectively. Stretching across 10 lessons, module one teaches you pottery basics such as wedging, centering and opening, and it is only during module two will you start making proper moulds. There’s also a one-off pottery sessions at $75, where you’ll get acquainted with the pottery wheel and bring home two fired pieces.

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Goodman Ceramics Studio

Things to do Classes and workshops Raffles Place

With the boast of eight kilns under its belt, Goodman Ceramic Studio is a fully functioning pottery studio for ceramic-crafting desires. Located in the art enclave of Goodman Art Centre, the spacious studio offers a range of classes that will benefit not only rookies, but also seasoned sculptors. For beginners, look to the basic throwing course at $680 for 10 lessons and basic hand-building course at $190 for four lessons, before moving up to the specialty lessons such as the learning how to dip-glaze your ceramics or making even bigger vessels.

Sam Mui Kuang Pottery

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What comes out of a family of potters? A pottery business, of course. The sister duo of Chua Soo Kim and Pasty Chua helm Sam Mui Kuang Pottery, located along Jalan Kelulut off Yio Chu Kang Road. Apart from being a retail outlet of pottery needs such as raw materials, kilns and other tools, the studio offers two courses: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing for ten lessons at $450 and $550 respectively. Classes are described to be well-paced and easy to follow, yielding a variety of ceramics that ranges from a simple cup to a teapot set.

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The Potter’s Guilt

Things to do Classes and workshops Chinatown

The only guilt you’ll get at The Potters’ Guilt is perhaps making far too many beautiful ceramics. And it doesn’t help that the teachers there are incredibly nice, patient and helpful, as described by the students. Located on top of Pearl Hill Terrace, the craft service beckons you to its minimalistic studio, where you can begin your pottery journey with its weekly Pottery On Wheel course. At $480 per person, the eight-lesson curriculum for novice includes lessons in centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, yielding six to 10 fired pieces to bring home.

Urth & Phire

Things to do Classes and workshops Toa Payoh

Kickstarting a pottery-sculpting lifestyle can be quite an investment. So if you’re little hesitant about the commitment, why not test the waters by trying out a single trial class at $60 with Urth & Pire? The two-hour class even allows you to bring home your completed piece. Now that you’re convinced this pastime is for you, follow this newfound pursuit with the beginner’s course that spans across eight lessons at $400. The course will teach you how to mould half sphere bowls, inverted cone-shaped bowls and cylinder forms like cups and mugs, of which you can bring up to eight pieces home.

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The most affordable out of the lot – Weekend Worker prices its basic ceramic wheel throwing classes at $320, where each session take places on Saturday for three hours. Kept to an intimate group of five potters, the hands-on course guides you through the fundamentals of pottery-making using the electric wheel. Techniques taught include wedging, wheel-throwing and trimming, which will yield a collection of vessels for you to bring home.

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