8 SethLui.com-approved craft workshops that will get your creative juices flowing

Picking up a paintbrush or pencil isn’t all there is to art. Defined as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination’, art includes anything from music to photography, from doodling to whipping up a storm in the kitchen. 

Whether you are a fervent supporter of handmade products or just a casual workshop enthusiast looking for some fun and enjoyment, here are 8 SethLui.com-approved craft workshops that will get your creative juices flowing. Now, let the fun and action begin. 

1. Pottery craft workshop at 8th Floor Creative Space

Entrance to The 8th Floor Collective

Enjoy getting your hands dirty with clay and mud? Head down to 8th Floor Creative Space for a pottery workshop. Founded by the couple, Alvin and Shirley, this studio-workshop is the perfect avenue for you to channel your curiosity in learning how to create handcrafted products using clay as a medium. 

Picture of a man doing pottery work during the pottery craft workshop

Get to witness your progress as you undergo their Pottery Course (S$599), a 20-lesson session designed for learners to understand the entire process of turning clay into ceramic and acquire the ability to produce aesthetically appealing objects.

Otherwise, if you are just looking to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life, then the Wheel Throwing Workshop (S$128) will be the ideal 2.5-hour session for you to soak yourself in the tranquillity of working on a Potter’s Wheel. 

A shelf filled with unfinished pottery products made during the craft workshop

By focusing on yourself and the product, crafting your very own ceramic bowl and cup can be extraordinarily therapeutic, so if you are feeling tired or stressed from work, why not book a session and relax your weekend away?

8th Floor Creative Space
37 Lorong 23 Geylang, Yu Li Industrial Building, #08-03, Singapore 388371
Tue to Fri: 1.30pm – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm
Closed on Mon
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2. Build a terrarium at The Green Capsule

The Green Capsule's work space

Ever wondered how some people can be so ceaselessly fascinated by jars of plants that barely move? Well, a Close Terrarium Workshop (S$38) at The Green Capsule might change your perception.

Picture of the Close Terrarium Workshop

Terrarium-making isn’t complicated. With plenty of space for creativity in how you can customise the colours and arrangements in your ecological microcosm, feel free to let your creative juices flow during this craft workshop as you choose your desired plants to fill in the space to complement the look and feel of the overall structure you have envisioned. 

Picture of a completed close terrarium

Essentially a miniature landscape in its world with its own rain cycle, a closed terrarium set-up requires minimal effort to maintain after they have been planted. Since they are mostly self-sufficient, apart from the occasional airing and watering, you can leave it to fend for itself while enjoying the greenery it provides to your home decor. 

The Green Capsule
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #02-143, Singapore 237994
+65 9876 9884
Daily: 11am – 8pm
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3. Get into the weaving rhythm with Craft Atelier

Picture of a loom at Craft Atelier used during the weaving craft workshop

Recent binge-watching of Next In Fashion on Netflix got me emotionally stirred up once again as it has been my childhood dream to be a fashion designer. Since the inability to draw got the better of me, a Weave Your Imagination (S$90) workshop at Craft Atelier would probably be the closest I can get to creating my very own pattern. 

Picture of an colourful array of threads

During this craft workshop, beginners will start off with the easel weaver—a compact weaving device that holds the threads under tension and aids you in the process of weaving. At Craft Atelier, not only will you be exposed to the fundamental motions of weaving, but you will also be taught a variety of techniques for you to ultimately create an art piece that you can proudly call your own. 

Since tapestry weaving is mostly about repetitive motions, your two-hour lesson will surely allow you to get in touch with your inner zen for a calm, relaxing and stress-free session!

Craft Atelier
58 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427782
+65 8669 5794
Daily: 10am – 6pm
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4. Learn the basics of silkscreen printing at How To Ink craft workshop

Picture of silkscreen printing process

One of the oldest forms of printing that dates back to the Song Dynasty, silkscreen printing is a technique of transferring images onto a medium using inks, stencils and a specially designed screen that allows a blade or squeegee to be dragged along the length of its mesh. 

Picture of silkscreen printing process

An activity that is free and experimental for all, How To Ink’s How To: Silk Screen (UV emulsion) (S$50) craft workshop not only teaches you the essentials and processes behind the print, it also allows you to have absolute expression of creativity. 

Employing the UV emulsion technique, made popular by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein with their eclectic pop art styles, expect to be surprised by your creativity as you delve deeper into the technical aspect of this visual art.

How To Ink
317 Outram Road, Concorde Shopping Centre, #01-26, Singapore 169075
+65 9655 9103
Tue to Sun: 11am – 7pm
Closed on Mon
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5. Punch your stress away at Hueplay Studio

If you fear the destruction of your craftwork under your humble, amateur hands, you will be relieved to know that punch needling is one type of art that comes with an “undo” button.

Picture of Hueplay Studio interior

Many confuse it with embroidery or crocheting, but each craft has its unique properties and techniques even though they look deceivingly similar. For one, punch needling is a hand-tufting technique that results in a highly textured pattern and is also much quicker than its rug hooking counterparts. 

Utensils and equipment required for punch needle craft workshop

Start your Punch Needle Workshop (S$48) at Hueplay Studio by learning the fundamentals to create a highly textured decor or coaster. Your journey begins with a rough sketch of your intended design before transferring it onto a monk’s cloth—the main canvas for your needlework. Thereafter, choose your desired colour and start punching your stress away as you experiment and attempt without any inhibition.

Punch needling process

If the three-hour session managed to intrigue your passion for this craft, then feel free to purchase a punch needle kit to attempt more patterns and designs in the comforts of your home. 

Hueplay Studio
183 Jln Pelikat, The Promenade @ Pelikat, #B1-82/83, Singapore 537643
+65 8768 5861
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 10pm
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6. Explore the usage of jesmonite at Chokmah Singapore’s craft workshop

Completed jesmonite tray from Chokmah Singapore

In an attempt to fight in reducing waste to the environment, Chokmah Singapore aims to introduce modern, sustainable, handcrafted lifestyle products to Singaporeans. One such medium they often use is jesmonite, a water-based, non-toxic composite material often used in crafting and fine art. 

Colourful terrazzo jesmonite pieces used during the jesmonite craft workshop

Learn how to craft your very own terrazzo pill-shaped tray during their Terrazzo-Style Tray Workshop (S$88). Besides learning about the amazing properties of jesmonite, you will also be taught various techniques like colour mixing, casting and sanding— valuable tools for you to start as you embark on your crafter’s journey. 

Chokmah Singapore
443C Fajar Road, #08-72, Singapore 673443
+65 9229 1479
By appointment only
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7. Show off your handmade earrings from Hands On Klay 

Crazy in love with accessories, namely earrings? Then, it’s a must to attend a craft workshop over at Hands On Klay. Conveniently situated right next to Bugis+ Mall, Hands On Klay’s studio beckons anyone looking for cute date ideas, corporate team bonding, and even bachelorette parties.

A tray of unfinished clay earring pieces made during the craft workshop

During your 3.5-hour Garden Floral Party Workshop (S$138), you will be guided through useful clay-making and design techniques. This hands-on, skills-based workshop will not only encourage and inspire your creativity, but it also makes for a great bonding session with your fellow crafters as you exchange ideas throughout the session. 

A display of completed clay earrings

With more than 40 different colours and crafting materials such as ribbons, glitters, pompoms and tassels, you will be spoilt for choice designing your dream pair of earrings. 

Hands On Klay
112 Middle Road, Singapore 188970
+65 8858 9654
Daily: 10am – 10.30pm
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8. Create your blend of tea at The Tea Crafters

Explanation during tea blending craft workshop

Allowing everyone to express their uniqueness in the form of tea blending, The Tea Crafters promise a fruitful, tasteful and eye-opening experience of both artisanal and oriental tea appreciation.

Choosing teas and add-ons for the tea blend

Start your Tea Blending Workshop (email for price) with a short introduction to tea followed by a tasting session. During the workshop, you will learn that blending does not involve mindlessly putting two ingredients together and mixing. Still, it demands lengthy deliberation and experimentation to achieve the perfect balance in each cup.

Thereafter, let your creative juices flow as you pick and choose from their selection of tea leaves and add-ons to create a flavour that you can proudly call your own.

The Tea Crafters
214A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058763
+65 9099 9166
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