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11 Brisbane Workshops Where You Can Learn A New Skill

By Catherine Blake - 18 Jan 2019

Small, independent workshops have been popping up in every nook and shared space in Brisbane and we are living for the hot opportunity to upskill. The point at which you stop learning is the point where you stop growing, so call it self improvement, call it whatever you want, but just make sure you keep building your skillset.

Here’s how to keep your repertoire fresh at one of these Brisbane workshops.

Pottery Classes At Mas & Miek Ceramic House

Running classes for absolute beginners to seasoned pros, Mas and Miek’s Ceramic House is where to go to learn how to make your own ceramics. Their fully-equipped studio can teach you to build, throw, glaze and fire all your own creations, and you can even sell them at their end of year students’ market. Click here to check out the different classes. 

Make Your Own Tees, Teapot and Teabags At Only T

Only T are all about the ‘tees’, more specifically giving you the tools to make them yourself. By tees we are referring to the big three of course: tee shirts, tee bags, and tee pots (duh!). During their classes, you print your own shirt, get your own hand-crafted bag, and make your own concrete planter pot, perfect for all those succulents you have been collecting! Their ‘tee parties’ run every Friday and Sunday, make sure you book a place because spots are limited.

Houseplant Propagating Masterclass

As someone who frequently manages to kill even the sturdiest of cactuses, I feel like this workshop was made especially for me. Hosted by two green-thumbed plant enthusiasts, the workshop will introduce you to over 30 species of house plants and teach you how to propagate and care for them. This includes tips on where to put different plants and how to protect them from contracting common bugs. You’ll even get a nifty handbook and three cuttings to propagate yourself. Book your spot here

Kokedama Workshop at Mappins

The expertise of their gardeners and the sheer range of plants on offer at Mappins make them the perfect place to upskill your plant game. They offer a bunch of different workshops, among them a kokedama masterclass. You’ll learning the basic wrapping system for binding the roots, and make two of your own kokedamas to take home. Book your place here.

Calligraphy Classes 

In 2019 we’ve fallen victim to digital convenience and stock fonts is standard. If you want to flex your dexterity and go back to some analog handwriting, check out Pixiedust Calligraphy. They host a bunch of different calligraphy and lettering workshops throughout the year, and also offer private classes if you want to get truly hardcore. You can check out what’s coming up here and book in to give your handwriting that extra bit of pizazz.

Pickling Workshop With Picklehead

Given that you can preserve almost anything in brine, the ability to pickle is like an expansion pack for your culinary skills. To learn how to make your own crunchy, probiotic snack get around Picklehead Pickling’s workshop in basic pickling and fermentation. You’ll get to test-drive two different pickling styles, sip some quality beer, and get to take your pickles home with you at the end of the class. 

Make Your Own Beeswax Food Wraps at Northey Street City Farm

Beeswax food wraps are the environmentally friendly, sustainable way to wrap and protect your food and keep it fresh. It’s a lovely foray into the adage that prescribes reducing, reusing and recycling, and the planet will love you for learning how to make your own beeswax wraps. Sign up to learn how at the Northey Street City Farm and break up with glad wrap for good.

Build Your Own Succulent Terrarium at Soul Pantry

Soul Pantry is Stafford’s one-stop connection for botanical homewares. Their list of workshops can teach you how to make your own terrarium, concrete pot, or flower arrangement, cutting down your yearly gift budget to raw materials only.

Turn Your Trash Into Treasure At Reverse Garbage

Save your recycling and put it to good use. Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit co-op that promotes sustainability by turning trash into treasure. They turn your average junk into unique works of art, and run a series of workshops so that you can too. Be part of a good cause while getting crafty by booking into one of their classes today.

Upskill At Hands On Brisbane

Learn new skills at Hands On Brisbane’s local craft workshops. Hands On has all sorts of classes and workshops, teaching everything from creating your own fabric design, to making a kaleidoscope. The idea and purpose behind their vast range of classes is to provide valuable and practical skills for people to use in their lives, and whether it be binding your own journal or making your own rug, you are bound to walk away from these classes with some new skills and an awesome creation.

Bike Maintenance At 99 Bikes

Learn all the tips and tricks to taking the best care of your bike at 99 Bikes. At their workshop, one of their cycling experts will step you through all the components of how to clean your bike, change a tyre, and conduct a safety check for the affordable price of absolutely free. If you can’t make it, the City Council also runs free bike maintenance classes.

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Image credit: Matthieu Comoy

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