Expanding Ceramic Skills – Handbuilding and Surface Decoration

    Master surface decorating and handbuilding techniques in this hands-on 3-week course

    Sculpture class

    Four session class

    Beginners welcome

    London Sculpture Workshop, SE18

    What you'll learn

    This 3-week course will give you a grasp of handbuilding and decorating with ceramics. Under the guidance of expert tutor, you will master new surface techniques to add to your sculpting repertoire.

    DESCRIPTION This is an ideal course for those who have attended our ‘Introduction to Ceramics’ course. Or if you have some previous experience in ceramics, and wish to develop your skills and understanding to create larger, more complex forms. Students are encouraged to come with ideas of what they would like to make. Please bring a sketchbook and any useful reference material. There will also be some books and images provided as inspiration. You will be supported in making through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance. Over the weekend you will learn how to develop and refine your handbuilding skills. You will have the opportunity to add colour to your work with oxides and slips, and use many different slip decorating techniques, including sgraffito, slip trailing and in-lay. Surface texture, imagery and pattern can also be created using a variety of tools, including stamps and sprig moulds. Please note: 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). 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 the 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. Please wear appropriate clothing. We do provide aprons.

    Did you know?

    It turns out that humans have been working with ceramics for quite some time. The oldest human-made ceramics date back to at least 24,000 BC and were found in Czechoslovakia. And the good news is that it doesn't look like stopping any time soon!

    Dates & times

    Mon 5 Mar, 10:00am - 4:00pm (all sessions)

    Mon 12 Mar, 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Mon 19 Mar, 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Mon 26 Mar, 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Sat 7 Apr, 10:00am - 4:00pm (all sessions)

    Sun 8 Apr, 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.

    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.