Handbuilding and Surface Decoration - Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

    This Ceramic Sculpture Workshop in London will offer students the chance to get to grips with clay, and learn how to use it as a sculptural material.

    Sculpture course

    Four session course

    Beginners welcome

    London Sculpture Workshop, SE18

    What you'll learn

    This course will introduce students to the versatility of clay as a sculptural material. You will be supported in making through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance.

    You will learn handbuilding skills from pinch pots, coil building, slab building, and creating 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.

    No previous experience is necessary.

    Week 1 - Handbuilding

    Learning to wedge clay Handbuilding techniques - pinching, coiling

    Week 2 - Handbuilding/Surface Decoration

    Handbuilding techniques - slab building Creating surface textures with tools and found objects Finish a piece to be glazed in week 4

    Week 3 - Surface Decoration

    Slip decoration - painting, stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing

    Week 4 - Surface Decoration

    Glazing - Brushing/dipping/pouring/using wax resist


    The course price includes 6 kg white earthenware clay, slip (5 colours), glaze (white and transparent), bisque and glaze firing. It is possible for students to purchase clay during the course. Additional clay will be charged at £4 per. kg of fired work. The scale of the work may be limited to insure all work fits into two kiln firings.

    Due to the time it takes for the clay to dry and be bisque fired, the tutors can glaze sculptures after the course. 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.

    Did you know?

    Did you know that ceramics can be found in watches, or more specifically, in the quartz tuning forks, which form the time keeping devices

    Dates & times

    Mon 15 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (all sessions)

    Mon 22 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 29 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 5 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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

    Class location

    London Sculpture Workshop, Woolwich

    Unit 0, Harrington Way

    SE18 5NR


    About your host, London Sculpture Workshop

    London Sculpture Workshop is an independent sculpture studio in Woolwich, South East London, located within Thames Side Studios, offering exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making three-dimensional work.

    Our short course programme covers a wide variety of technical and skill-based processes, taught by practicing artists in superbly equipped workshops. We teach a range of skills including welding, casting, mould making, metal and wood work, ceramics and hot metal practices.

    London Sculpture Workshop is a not-for-profit, community interested company, established in 2012 by artists Giles Corby and Jessica Mello, trained at RCA and Slade. LSW has partnered with a number of prestigious organisations including; The British museum, The Crafts Council, CRISIS, The Architecture Association and Oxford Brooke's University. In 2013 and 2014 LSW was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust ‘Artist Run Space Award’ and awarded a grant for our work from the Mayor of London in 2016.

    We offer Day, Evening and Weekend courses - ranging from a 3 hour Introduction to Welding to a 6 day Bronze Casting Course, available to book throughout the year.

    More information here: http://londonsculptureworkshop.org/

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

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