Make Your Own Mug with Shupiwe Chongwe


Join local Walyalup (Fremantle) artist Shupiwe Chongwe and learn all about the fun and meditative craft of slab building to create your own mug.

With dark stoneware clay you'll learn to assemble from a starting slab.

Shupiwe will guide you through any tweaks so you can customise the design of your mug and you'll learn how to attach a handle.

This is a mini workshop and you'll have time to make one mug with a handle in this workshop. All tools, materials and light morning tea will be provided.

There are no previous skills required, simply bring your authentic self

Participants are welcome to bring along their own aprons or borrow one of ours. 


  • Time in our warehouse with an incredible local artist
  • Coffee and cake from our cafe to enjoy while you are crafting
  • The skills to continue at home

Important details

Your piece will be fired and finished at Shupiwe's home studio. Cost included in your ticket. A huge amount of care is exercised when finishing off your precious hand-made items. Please note that clay is unpredictable and on rare occasions, items break in the kiln. This is all a natural part of the fun of perfecting your craft.

Works will be dishwasher safe but we recommend a hand wash for longevity.

Works will be available within 4-6 weeks after the class date from the Stackwood store. You will be contacted when they are ready to pick up.

About Shupiwe

Shupiwe Chongwe is a Walyalup (Fremantle) raised ceramicist focusing on creating unique pieces that speak to her love of nature and ritualistic living. Shupiwe mainly practices with stoneware clays producing sculptural forms as well as functional art for the home. She also experiments with Raku firing, employing traditional techniques to produce erratic, unique patterns on ceramic forms.

Shupiwe's journey with ceramics started from a young age, inspired by her father; well known Australian-Zambian ceramicist Njalikwa Chongwe of Zinongo Gallery (Fremantle). Her family connection to the discipline dates back even further, to her great great grandmother who was a practicing potter in Zambia.

Shupiwe began experimenting with ceramics under the direction of her father, later moving on to study at North Metropolitan TAFE (Perth, WA) whilst continuing her own practice from her home studio. 

Terms and Conditions

Please note this class requires a minimum of 6 attendees in order to run. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. If you are unable to make your date you are able to send someone else in your place. You can find more details in our Terms and Conditions.

Photos by Rae Fallon.

Workshops at Stackwood

Meet new people + practice presence while learning a valuable craft or skill.

Curated workshops are held in our beautiful, light-filled hall, and
range from gardening knowhow to pottery, wood carving to cooking. Enjoy learning new — or indeed old — skills, and leave with a lovely object of your own making.