A person is moulding a lump of clay with both hands

About Handbuilt Ceramic Vases (CE14 Autumn)

Explore the versatility of clay as a material, through traditional hand building techniques such as coiling, slabwork and press moulding.

What will you learn on this course?

You will be guided through a number of tutor-led demos and set tasks which will introduce particular tips and techniques in order for you to create a range of pieces. The course will cover:

  • How to successfully develop 2D designs into 3D objects
  • Construction techniques
  • Understanding of the materials and different stages of making
  • Options for design, building, and quality of finish
  • Slip decoration and imprinted texture
  • Brush on glazing

In addition, there will be opportunity to discuss ideas and intentions with the group and you will receive support in developing your own independent artistic style. The tutor will develop a guided programme of study with the group providing demonstrations and one-to-one support as required. You are encouraged to develop your own ideas within the parameters of creating slab pots with surface decoration.

Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, glazes, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have broadened your ceramics skills and learnt new techniques for the realisation of your design.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners with previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given, and to improvers who are looking to refine their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials are provided. Use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged throughout the course to enable the development of ideas and of the student’s own working style.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Dates and times

  • September – December