Ceramics Course - 6 Weeks

Learn the fundamentals of ceramics at this six-week pottery course in London.

6 x 2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8     label £260

Looking to kickstart a new hobby? Come along and build a foundation of ceramic skills to start practising and creating your own beautiful ceramic pieces.

This London pottery course provides six sessions running through all hand-building techniques, slip casting, throwing on the wheel, slab building, hand sculpting with coils and decorating with glazes and slips.

Pottery course outline:

Week 1 : Intro to clay - what can be done at pottery studios and small manufacturing processes, how it works from start to finish, and also the health and safety in the studio. Pinching pots is the first technique you get your teeth into. Finishing off with glaze samples for future use.

Week 2: Preparing the perfect slab for structural creations. Coiling vessels or sculptures!

Week 3: Slab building with your prepared slabs! Get geometric-n-groovy.

Week 4: Throwing and slip casting, we will show you how to throw on the wheel. We believe that throwing is a skill that evolves at your own pace and with lots of practice, after the demo you can practice more on the wheel if you wish so or can carry on your hand-build pieces if that’s what you enjoy most.

Exploring the industrial process of casting a bowl or cup with a ready-made plaster mould! You will learn how to decorate straight from a mould and cast your first manufactured-like piece of tableware!

Week 5: Decorating, learning the possibilities in decorating, finishing your pieces. use colour underglazes or colour slips to add colours. Press on marks, and carve out patterns. the possibilities are endless, all you need is your own inspiration

Week 6: Finally Glazing! You’ll be glazing all your pieces either with brush-on or pouring or dipping techniques depending on the shape and size of your pieces.

Clay and glaze are included but firing is at £1.50/ litre (size of 2 pint glass), payable in cash or card at collection.

Your friendly teacher will make sure all your pieces are glazed and fired, which takes three to four weeks – unless you are returning for open access to continue working on your pieces.

At the end of these six pottery classes in London, you'll leave with new knowledge, inspiration for your clay journey, and even new friends who share your clay love!

*After the full course you are welcome to join our Open access for free (worth £30 induction). Open access is charged at £10 per hour including clay and glazes (firing pieces are added costs), for you to make full use of our facility independently at your own pace but without our guidance. Open access has flexible times!

Knowledge required
What you'll get
All materials provided, as well as access to tools and equipment to have fun with clay.
What to bring
  • Please bring a sketchbook and any reference materials/images describing anything you wish to make.
  • Make sure to have your nails trimmed prior to the class.
  • Aprons will be provided but you might get messy so wear clothes you don't mind mucking up!
  • Please bring your own lunch or snacks.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 6 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.

The Ceramicists is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.

See additional precautions taken   

you'll sanitize all materials, ensure good ventilation, create at least 1meter distance between customers

The Ceramicists - SPACE Studios, Unit 4G, 90 Haymerle Road, SE15 6SB London

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The Ceramicists
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We're a London-based ceramics studio and gallery, looking forward to sharing our knowledge of this craft with new ceramics obsessives.

Since 2014, we've embarked on unique projects with a whole host of architects, artists, designers, galleries and restaurants. Our workshops are designed to help you get the most out of working with pottery. Whether you're expressing yourself with small batch-produced items or looking to create a one-off gift for someone special, they're the perfect way to further your experience with ceramics!

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Christopher Rex May 2022

Amazing course. Went in with no prior knowledge and after the 6 weeks I feel like I’ve already progressed from what I had to call “art” to something I’m really proud of!

You get to try many techniques which I didn’t expect and find your style.

Teachers are friendly, helpful and your friends by the end.

If looking for a good hour every week I encourage you to try!

Breda Bradshaw Apr 2022

Steph was great.
She made us feel totally at ease and was very supportive. Explained each stage in detail.

Lucile Mosse Dec 2021

This course was an amazing experience. We’ve covered a lot of different techniques and I brought many creations home.
Stephanie is super friendly, she has a lovely energy and very often, helped me turn ideas into fruition, when they all started to look like mush.
Much recommended but book directly via The Ceramicists website if you can.

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