Intensive Ceramics – Handbuilding & Surface Decoration

    Learn the art of handbuilding and surface decorating in this intensive weekend course

    Sculpture course

    Two session course

    Beginners welcome

    London Sculpture Workshop, SE18

    What you'll learn

    This intensive 10-hour class, spread across 2 days, will demonstrate the versatility of clay as a sculptural material, whilst allowing students a chance to get to grips with sculpting with clay.

    Over the weekend you will learn handbuilding skills from pinch pots, coil building, slab building, and create surface texture using many different tools. You will also have the opportunity to add colour, imagery and surface pattern to your work using slip decorating techniques, including sgraffito and slip trailing.

    No previous experience necessary.


    Per person the course price includes 6 kg white earthenware clay, slip (5 colours), glaze (white and transparent) and two kiln firings per. objects made. It is possible for students to purchase clay during the course. Additional clay will be charged at £4 per 1 kg of fired work. Work should be paid for on collection (cash only)

    Due to the time it takes for the clay to dry and be bisque fired, the tutors can glaze the sculptures after the course. Collecting work: Students will be notified by email when their work is ready to collect. This may take up to a month depending on the workload.

    Work may be damaged during the firing process. Please wear appropriate clothing. We do provide aprons.

    Did you know?

    The blade of a ceramic knife if far more durable than that of a steel knife, although it is more fragile and can be snapped if dropped on a hard surface

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Dec, 10:00am - 4:00pm (all sessions)

    Sun 3 Dec, 10:00am - 4:00pm

    None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.

    Gift this class to a friend or loved one

    Class location

    London Sculpture Workshop, Woolwich

    Unit 0, Harrington Way

    SE18 5NR



    About your host, London Sculpture Workshop

    London Sculpture Workshop is the first, not-for-profit, community interest organisation, based in London, with exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making work in 3D. Its workshop is right on the river by Thames Barrier and has incredible views of the Thames guiding lots of inspiration for 3D pieces. It offers a superbly equipped metal and wood workshop with additional mould making and ceramic areas.

    London Sculpture Workshop was established in 2012 by two founding members Giles Corby, MA (RCA) and Jessica Mello, MFA (Slade) and it also has a studio manager Melis van den Berg, MFA (Slade). They are all practicing artists’, bringing their own ideas and inspiration to the organisation, and between them, have 21 years of teaching experience.

    In 2013 and 2014 London Sculpture Workshop was awarded awarded a “Artist’s Run Space Award” by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust.

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    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.