Coil, Pinch, and Paddle with Melissa Ellero with Melissa Ellero

Discover the traditional technique of building a larger ceramic vessel or sculptural form using a coil, pinch, and paddle method in this new course led by the masterful Mel Ellero. You will learn the skills of coiling, joining, and shaping clay; techniques that can be applied to create unique ceramic forms. Over the duration of this course, you will create one larger bisque fired form, or a series of smaller forms that harness this coil, pinch and paddle technique. Different styles and examples of finishing and firing methods will be discussed and explored toward the end of the course.


  •  One bag of clay & a firing fee is included in the cost of the course

What to bring:

  • Notebook & pen
  • Apron
  • Any clay tools (if you have them)
  • An old towel
  • FAC provides 1 x bag of clay per student, students will be required to purchase further clay if needed
  • Students must wear appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes and tie up long hair for safety reasons

Firing & Glazing:

  • It is not always possible to fire and glaze all pieces made before the end of your course. The firing of each individual item is dependent on many factors including: – drying time, thickness, size, amount of work, when pieces are finished (i.e., towards the end of term the kilns are extremely full), and whether the pieces require bisque or glaze firing. We do our upmost to fire as much work as possible each week, however, please bear in mind all of the above considerations. Please plan in advance if you would like to glaze in your final week of class.
  • Once fired, work is left on the collection shelves and an email sent out with collection times. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and collect their own work.
  • There are stand-alone glazing courses on offer each term if you would like to come back and finish your work another time.


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Tutor Melissa Ellero

Melissa Ellero is a passionate ceramicist inspired by the natural raw beauty of Western Australia and the subtlety of repetition and evolving form.

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