Looking to explore your creative side? From embroidery classes to leather crafting and calligraphy workshops, here are the best unconventional creative classes in Hong Kong.
Our city may be best known for its stunning hikes, beaches and vibrant nightlife, but beyond all that, there’s a wealth of craft classes in Hong Kong that will allow you to get in touch with your creative side. Whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at glass blowing, crafting your own jewellery or simply enjoy embroidering, here’s our pick of the best unconventional creative classes to try in Hong Kong.
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The Best Unconventional Creative Classes In Hong Kong
Embroidery & Macramé Classes
Make & Do Hong Kong
Founded by two sisters, Make & Do Hong Kong is about all things handmade. You can find the sibling duo hosting craft workshops around the city on everything from weaving and flower embroidery to macramé and screen printing. Keep an eye on the Make & Do Facebook page for upcoming events.
Spend an afternoon with the lovely Alice (and her adorable dog Ms Marge) who will guide you through a number of basic stitches, allowing you to then practise and sew your chosen design. Providing all the tools you need and a delightful spread of light refreshments, she’ll have you sewing up a storm in no time!
Heyjune studio holds a number of regular workshops on calligraphy, brush lettering and watercolour that you can join. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can apply your newly acquired calligraphy skills on a phone case, mirror, perfume bottle, lipstick case and more. The finished product makes a great personalised gift for a friend.
Kalo Make Art
Located in the heart of Central, Kalo Make Art hosts a range of creative events, including calligraphy workshops, art jam nights and monthly pen meets. The intro-level calligraphy workshop, where you can learn how to use a dip pen, is priced at $700. In addition, you will also receive a calligraphy starter kit (worth $350) to take home for further practice.
Terrarium & Flower Arranging Classes
When you enter Tai Kwun’s Bonart concept store, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an oversized terrarium. With greenery lining the walls, you’re sure to be instantly inspired to create your mini eco-system. Here, you can learn how to create a moss or succulent terrarium, as well as pick up practical gardening skills and caring tips. Bonart also offers a wide range of other adult craft workshops covering preserved floral art, pressing flowers, candle making and more.
Bonart (Tai Kwun), Shop 03-204A, 2/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2787 2688
Candle Making Classes
Embark on the Formulate Candle Journey with the guidance of BeCandle’s in-house experts and create your own bespoke 200ml scented soy candle utilising a library of fragrances, essential oils and scent molecules. You will take home a CODE CARD that records your entire creative process along with a collectable CODE bottle of 2ml of concentrated perfume oil. Finished your candle? You can always come back to refill your candle with your personalised formula.
Leather Making Classes
Purchase a stitching pack and sign up for a 1-hour free teaching session where you will learn the basic skills of hand sewing and trimming to help you create a wallet, key chain, camera strap, bag and more. The Lederer also hosts private group and corporate workshops upon request. For the full experience, book a visit to its factory, Shui Hing Tannery, Hong Kong’s last remaining leather factory for inspiration.
Motto Carpe Diem
If you’re in need of a new wallet, belt or cardholder, why not make one for yourself? This handmade leather craft studio offers a wide range of courses on leather making. Three hours should yield you a leather pencil case or watch strap. But if you have more time to spare, you could dedicate between 10 to 30 hours to creating the leather bag of your dreams.
Motto Carpe Diem (San Po Kong), Flat 1C, 1/F, Ka Wing Factory Building, 19-21 Ng Fong Street, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, 6871 5989
Glass Blowing Classes
This independent glass studio holds regular glass making workshops starting at $500, with options to make a glass cup, flower, pendant and more. Classes involve a one-on-one glass blowing lesson where you’ll learn to blow and shape bubbles of glass. You’ll also get the opportunity to play around with colour, pattern and texture to create your own unique design.
Jewellery Making Classes
Aiming to promote contemporary and innovative jewellery, Obellery offers a range of workshops for those who want to try their hand at making one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. We particularly love its wedding ring workshop – perfect for any soon-to-be-married couples looking to make their own unique wedding bands. All classes must be booked in advance.
Hatton Jewellery institute
From jewellery design courses to specialty techniques such as technical drawing classes, wax carving and soldering masterclasses, Hatton Jewellery Institute offer a range of courses on jewellery making. Beginners can start with the Jewellery Making Taster Session where you will learn to make your very own one-of-a-kind charm pendant.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 15 October 2018 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in August 2021.
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