Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay

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Join us online to get to grips with airdrying clay & start making your first dishes!



1 hour Class size 1 to 10 (public dates), 10 to 50 label £28

There’s no better way to personalise your home than by creating stunning handmade clay décor pieces and more with air drying clay. Learn the basics in no time with the help of this craft workshop, with the opportunity to create a set of dishes as you master simple clay techniques. 

With the guidance of an expert Hobbycraft Artisan leading the workshop, discover how to achieve incredible results with air drying clay. You’ll learn how to soften and warm up the clay, how to roll it out and how to start shaping it for your unique designs. Personalise your designs by imprinting eye-catching patterns using flowers and learn how to shape the clay to create a beautiful trinket dish. 

There is a craft kit included to provide you with the essentials you’ll need. You’ll make approximately five dishes in the workshop, plus you’ll be given guidance on how to make sure they dry in shape. You can even create beautiful paint effects while your clay is still wet. 

This is a great way to discover the joys of working with clay, and it’s sure to inspire beautiful, personalised dishes that you’ll treasure for years to come. You can even gift your finished pieces to a loved one!   

This workshop is also available as a private workshop for group bookings of 10+ 

*Price includes £3 delivery. 


Knowledge required
    Designed for beginners. 
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Air drying clay 

  • Round cookie cutter 

  • 12 x hyacinth flowers 

  • Gold paint 

  • 4 x brushes  

What you'll need
    Rolling Pin
    Water Pot
    An object to use as a mould for a bowl shape e.g. a mug
    Ruler
Your teacher
Hobbycraft Artisan
Hobbycraft Artisan

4.8 (42,453)

Our expert Hobbycraft Artisans deliver our online workshops, each Artisan has their craft expertise and will be perfectly placed to help you start a completely new craft or advance your skills.

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Crystal Nov 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


The class was great and the materials provided included much more clay than needed for the class. There's lots left over to practise with along with paint and brushes to use once my clay is dry.

Sharon Tate Nov 2023


I learnt a lot in this class.
I found the content was inspiring and it was worth the cost of the course as you were given the materials.

Catherine Milligan Nov 2023


I really enjoyed the session. Very informative and I learnt a lot in a short time. Looking forward to painting my items.

Diane Mills Nov 2023


good class bit too basic but good fun and have 3 little trays just to wait for them to dry

Deepa Shah Nov 2023


Thank you for the lovely class. Learnt quite a bit. The tutor explained nicely. I am trying to create different things using the clay

Ivy Miles Nov 2023


This is definitely been one of my favourite classes, and I was so happy woth the results. So simple and so effective! The teacher was really helpful and patient too.

Only loses one star because the fake flowers provided were not the same as the teacher had, and they couldn't be used as they left little bits stuck in the clay that I had to pick out. I wish I'd had the better flowers, but still produced lovely little bowls,

Caroline McLean Nov 2023


A wonderful relaxing clay pottery session. Rugilee was very helpful, always checking we were ok and went at just the right pace. The package of materials sent prior to the workshop were brilliant.
I would love to do more online workshops.

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Caroline McLean

Laurel Elliot Jones Nov 2023


Excellent gift for our girls 9th birthday, 5 year old joined in too. Thank you so much

Jessica Holt Oct 2023


Really enjoyable, effective and simple class - nice to do with kids ( we were a group of 5 ranging from 10-12 years). Thank you!

Jane Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The teacher was great - very friendly and offered plenty of opportunities to ask questions, though very few people did. I was surprised at how much we managed to make in the hour (four different items) and she certainly passed on a lot of tips. I have had a go with air-dried clay before but this has made me realise what I was doing wrong and where I can improve. It was very good value, considering the number of items sent in the kit on top of the clay.

Angela Oct 2023

16 ClassBento workshops attended


The class was really informative and fun. The tutor went at the perfect pace and was very clear and knowledgeable. The kit was really good.

Richard Phillips Oct 2023


Nice easy ease into the world of air drying clay. Engaging teacher and everything you need (almost)

Pene Keppler Oct 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Fantastic artisan so encouraging and gave me confidence to try again if I didn't get it right 1st time. Thank you

Mrs Claire Jones Oct 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


I really enjoyed the class, especially with there only being two participants. I loved making the pots and will be decorating them this week.
If there was one suggestion it would be to make the class longer so that we don't have to rush as much and take more time to take in information.

Louise Henderson Oct 2023


Great workshop - steady pace and easy to follow with loads of top tips. Would recommend!

Emily Dowdeswell-Downey Sep 2023


Materials arrived in good time. Chloe the trainer was very friendly and welcoming. Technology worked smoothly. Course was helpful for beginners, the flowers provided to press into the bowls weren't ideal though.

Bobbie Cowell Aug 2023

20 ClassBento workshops attended • 10 reviews


Really enjoyed my class, Holly is very knowledgeable and had some great tips. Love my bowls!

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Bobbie Cowell

Anna White Aug 2023

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Even though i was the only participant the artisan was very informative with lots of hints and tips

Emma Sim Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


A brilliant course that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well paced, interesting and some lovely pieces made. I even have left over materials to continue practicing on. Would thoroughly recommend.

Caroline Sams Aug 2023

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 12 reviews


What a lovely hour making pots & trinket holders. Went at an easy pace, which I was grateful for. Can’t wait to paint them in a couple of days drying.
Thanks for an excellent course with a great teacher

Jane Holland Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Great workshop. We really enjoyed it. Even if ours didn’t always turn out looking as great as the instructor’s.

Louise Drake Aug 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Fantastic great teacher very giving of her knowledge and answered all my questions I highly recommend. Plus I managed 4 pieces the trinket dish; the star trinket dish; a vine leave from the garden to make a coaster; a plaque using sweet peas from the garden. I can’t wait for them to dry so I can paint them.

Belinda Sims Aug 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Really enjoyed this class. Easy to follow and convenient from home.
Would have been good to be advised beforehand that you wouldn’t be able to use the rolling pin with food after using it on the clay.

Anne Newton Aug 2023

67 ClassBento workshops attended • 85 reviews


Millie was excellent again very informative and also a great way to spend an hour

Suzanne Braid Aug 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Brilliant class and Gisela was an excellent teacher, taking us through all the how to and providing lots of ideas too. Would highly recommend to others looking or get started with clay.

Pottery class review by Suzanne Braid

Yvonne Shepherd Aug 2023

41 ClassBento workshops attended • 30 reviews


This was an enjoyable class which went at a good pace and had a great kit with plenty of clay left for another day. It was fun to work with the clay and use some different techniques to create the dishes. I left my clay to dry for a few days until it was fully white before painting.

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Yvonne Shepherd

Samantha Povey Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Thank you so much holly, you were so accommodating, I really enjoyed the class, it was very well taught, clear and a good place.

Lucy Lewis Jul 2023

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to work with air dry clay. Louise made the session fun and informative and feel confident to have a go at many more clay projects.

Rebecca McGrath Jul 2023

11 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


Chloe was knowledgeable, friendly and explained each step clearly. Didn't feel rushed and got the knowledge for getting started with air drying clay.
Plenty of clay in the kit to try out other pieces in your own time.

Pottery class review by Rebecca McGrath

Wellae Williams-Dalson Jul 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Nice introduction to air drying clay, made a few different items during the session. Artisan answered all questions during the session.

Madeleine Gair Jul 2023


Very friendly and comprehensively instructive.good to be able to work alongside the instructor. My first on line workshop and will happily repeat the experience.

S .strawbridge Jul 2023

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


The artisan was very patient and explained well each step, including lots of hints on the way. I value the email back up afterwoods which gives more ideas for air dry clay.

Barbara Todd Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Messy but fun. Not everything was successful (flower imprint was an awful mess), but clear and enthusiastic instructor and a good craft kit, with lots left over to make more things.

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Barbara Todd

Donna Astrop Jun 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Great class. Went at a good pace. All things needed were flagged before we started. Lots of tips and teacher was very friendly and good at explaining. Really enjoyable. Thanks

Lesley May Jun 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great intro to air dry clay, very informative- I enjoyed it very much.
Thank you

Marina Rupp Jun 2023

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


The air dry clay workshop was lovely. Millie gave me loads of ideas and tips during the workshop. Really enjoyed it!

Lucy Thompson Jun 2023


Such a friendly lady and really enjoyable class. We’ll be signing up to some more classes as it was a lovely relaxing session for me and my daughter. The materials were of really good quality and there’s enough to make some more items another time. Thank you, I feel like I’ve switched off from everyday life and found a bit of calm.

Ros Schaffa May 2023

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Great course, lots of ideas on how to use and decorate clay, excellent teacher Emma

Claire Lee May 2023


Lady doing the class was great! Could have done with more ideas for variety there and then as the flowers provided didn't work well at all.

Sandie Wingvist May 2023

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews


I have used air clay in the past, but I learnt some new things about the clay I didn't know, firstly, that if after manipulating the clay to soften it up, you need to smash it onto your work surface and it would get rid of any air left in tht clay. I also found that once the clay is dry you can smooth with glass paper. I further learnt that I can paint it once it is finished. It is really good that you can just lose youself in the making of the product and forget about all your plants. The only downside was the flowers in the pack, the stems were ok, but the actual flowers were like soft polystryine balls which when placed onto the clay as was suggested the polystryine did not really have the ability to be pressed into the clay and therefore did nothing for the texture. I also liked the fact that we were given links to look at other clay projects.

Almas Ashraf May 2023


It was amazing, especially provided with all the ingredients and how easy it is. And how we can be experimental and without judgement.

Stephanie Hollins May 2023

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 12 reviews


Very good workshop. I enjoyed it, very relaxing to work with the clay. The pack sent was good, although the flowers were a bit messy in the package. Quantity of clay is good, enough to do more products with. Artisan was knowledgeable.

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Stephanie Hollins

Amie Gomes Apr 2023


Really informative, on time. Friendly instructor, lots of information given on styles, other deals etc. would definitely do another workshop! Thank you!

Nicola Clark Apr 2023


Loved the class. instructions clear & good pace. Only suggestion i would make would be the flower that was sent, most of the white'petals' came away over the bag when i received it. Would recommend the class & looking forward to doing another in the future

Debbie Moore Apr 2023

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


I really enjoyed this workshop. The tutor was excellent and explained everything well and went at a good pace so that no-one got left behind. The only pity was that the Zoom connection went down at the end and so none of us could complete the course on the night. The tutor sent through a recording of the rest of the workshop but it was just a shame that that happened. Otherwise I would have given it five stars. Superb tutor. I cannot praise her highly enough.

Sharon Ryan Apr 2023


I found the class very informative and enjoyable. The tutor’s relaxed style made the class easy to follow.

Christina Hardy Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Really enjoyed the air dry clay class! Was good fun and loads of opportunities to ask questions. Plenty of materials left to make many more too!

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Christina Hardy

Rachel Smith Mar 2023

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Loved this class, really informative with plenty of tips for using the clay, making impressions and painting the finished products. Great teacher, highly recommended!

Susan White Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


I really enjoyed the class, very informative and lots of tips. My clay was so sticky it just caked up my hands, but with persistence and encouragement I got there in the end. Very pleased with my first online class. I shall definitely do another.

Catherine Ader Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Great class, pace was a little fast but also it's hard to demonstrate something while the participants have to wait 24 hours for clay to dry before doing those same steps

Emma Fairhurst Mar 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


My 10 year old Daughter chose this as her birthday treat! We had fun doing this together, the class was brilliant. Would recommend x

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Emma Fairhurst

Catherine Forshaw Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was great and the supplies, apart from the plastic flowers that were in a million bits when they arrived , were excellent thanks

Grace Hancock Mar 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Great workshop with lots of inspiration and ideas to use. Plenty of materials leftover to keep experimenting. Knowledgeable and talented teacher.

Karen Jones Mar 2023


Great class, Chloe is a very good teacher and happy to answer queries both during the class and by email after the event. I would be happy to take another class with her.
The box was delivered in good condition and in plenty of time. However, the sprig of artificial flowers was not the most practical for making impressions in wet clay.

Beginner's Guide to Air Drying Clay review by Karen Jones

Jolynn Teather Mar 2023


The plastic flowers is badly be packed and it was all over the bag when I open them.
The teacher uses other materials to demonstrate how to create the design which is not part of the materials provided and it probably put the students off when they basically have to just watch what was being worked on over the camera. Perhaps is to provide some extra tips to prepare some other materials.

Carol Barnard Mar 2023


Now I've been shown the basics I feel confident in trying different things with the clay. Paula the host was excellent. Very enjoyable.

Kim Horrocks Mar 2023

24 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews


The class was taught slowly and carefully. A great start to understanding the medium of air drying clay and what you can do with it. Thank you! 5 stars.

Melanie Adcock Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I was the only participant on the workshop so I had 1-2-1 coaching which was nice. Chloe was lovely and went at a good steady pace. Throughly enjoyed getting mucky and having something to show at the end of the hour. The kit arrived in good time and the booking was easy.

Sophie Blackhurst Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I really enjoyed the beginners clay workshop. The tutor, Chloe, was friendly and knowledgeable, and showed us how to make 5 trinket dishes, with different designs and techniques. The supplies in the kit are great, and there's loads of clay left to use at a later date.

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