Looking to pick up a hobby and escape from reality for a minute? Hong Kong is full of ceramics studios offering adult classes where you can learn and craft your own pottery. There are one-time classes for beginners, or month-long courses where you will learn wheel-throwing — yes, just like the romantic pottery scene from the movie Ghost — hand-building, and coloring techniques. If you fancy to delve deeper after your first taste, many studios also offer memberships or regular classes so you can work on your pieces at your own time and pace. Most pottery classes will help you fire your finished ceramic pieces in a kiln, which will be ready for pick-up in a month or so.
The highly-regarded ceramics studio in Tai Kwun is founded by local ceramics artist Enders Wong, and is known for excellently-curated ceramics exhibitions and events. If you’re just looking for a taster into the world of pottery, Touch Ceramics organizes one-off themed workshops such as making your own sakura ceramics and the classic rooster bowl. Seats are limited, so keep your eye out for workshops here. For those who want to properly explore ceramics art, the studio also hosts regular classes with professional tutors on Mondays through Thursdays at HK$2,030 for four lessons, including material fees.
Shop 203, 2/F, Block 3 Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central http://www.touchceramics.com/
Tung Yao Ceramics Design Studio
Tung Yao Ceramics Design Studio is all about promoting the joy and beauty of handmade ceramics. Their classes are also one of the most flexible, with several one-hour workshops starting from HK$420 that focus only on one of the major pottery skills — throwing or wheel-turning, hand-building, glazing, and painting — while families with children can enjoy a fun and messy two hours together at their Family Ceramics Workshop (HK$990).
Their special courses are more in-depth and span eight to ten hours, teaching and guiding students through creating their own wood-fired ceramics pieces in the Wood-Firing Workshop (HK$1,380), or crafting a complete pottery set in the Sake Set Workshop (HK$2,380) and Tea Set Workshop (HK$2,680). Serious potters can rent their workshop space at HK$60-90/hour.
Studio: 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
Showroom: 14 Aberdeen Street, Central
Founded by three ceramics artists in Hong Kong, Useless Studio believes that each piece of handmade ceramic has its own distinctive character, and their pottery is all about emphasizing the clay’s natural texture. Students can choose from a wide selection of classes, from courses focusing on wheel-throwing (HK$2,200/5 sessions) and a comprehensive foundation course on ceramic art (HK$2,200/5 sessions) to more specialized workshops designed to guide you through creating a specific pottery such as plant pot (HK$680), candle holders (HK$580), and coffee drippers (HK$580). Detailed information on all their courses can be found here.
Studio: Room 6, 8/F, Laurels Industrial Centre, 32 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong
Shop and studio: Shop 105, 1/F, 618 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Hiu Chi Art
Hiu Chi was founded in 2015 by former fashion designer Grace Tong in the hopes of creating art that calms people’s nerves and slow them down. Learn wheel-throwing in an one-hour class (HK$450), and then decide whether you’d like to return for a follow-up glazing class (HK$300). If not, the studio will do a single-color glaze on your piece. If you’re into the raw, organic aesthetics, their handbuilt lunar surface cup workshop is right up your alley. The 2.5-hour workshop will teach participants how to create their signature moon pottery (HK$600 and up) with various painting and handbuilding techniques.
10C, The Globe, 79 Wing Hong Street, Cheung Sha Wan
A Minute Studio
The founder of A Minute Studio Calvin Chan is a local ceramic artist who has a keen sense of creating warm and welcoming pieces. His ceramic art features organic forms, earthy colors, comfortable hold, and a distinctive glazing style. Join the artist at his one-hour workshops (HK$680) every Monday and create a piece of pottery under his guidance. Don’t forget to appreciate his other art pieces at the studio, which ranges from dishes, bowls, plates and mugs to experimental incense holders and teawares. Register for his workshops here.
27 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun
The studio’s name comes from three Chinese characters 物器堂 meaning clay, ware and space respectively, referring to its dedication to ceramic arts education and exhibition. While Mudheytong Gallery offers the standard one-hour classes, what makes it stand out is its commitment to in-depth teaching so its students can understand how each piece of ceramic is crafted from start to finish.
Their regular pottery workshop (HK$1,200/4 sessions) offers an introduction to wheel-throwing, trimming, hand-building and glazing techniques, as well as putting an emphasis on getting your foundation right: the instructors will correct your posture and hand position to make sure you are starting off on the right foot. There are also children courses and membership packages available.
175 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po