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Expanding Ceramic Skills – Handbuilding and Surface Decoration

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About this class

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.

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!

In this class

This course will be taught over 3 weeks.

Week 1:

  • Demonstrate and make slab building with curved walls
  • Demonstrate and make sprig moulds

Week 2:

  • Handbuilding
  • Carving into clay
  • Demonstrate and use sprig moulds
  • Create self directed form using either coiling or slab building

Week 3:

  • Surface decoration
  • Oxides application
  • Slip inlay
  • Glazing

The course price will include 6kg of earthenware clay, slip (5 colours) glaze, 1kg plaster, oxides (3 colours) and two kiln firings per objects made. Students may also purchase clay during the course. Additional clay will be charged at £4 per 1 kg of fired work.

Now you can

  • Add another practical string to your bow
  • Become familiar with using clay
  • Master all things DIY as you build upon what you have learnt during the course

Keep / Eat

Students will be able to pick up their work up to 14 days after the final day of the course.

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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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