Ceramic Handbuilding, Throwing & Decorating Techniques - Intermediate - Summer School

This one week course is designed to introduce you to ceramic decorating techniques on soft clay, leatherhard clay and fired clay .

Course Content

• Develop and awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramic decoration by learning about other artists.
• Sgraffito decorating to scratch illustrations onto leather-hard clay. Mono-printing with cobalt oxide to create mark-making and tonal drawings onto soft clay.
• Printing and painting onto leather hard clay with under glaze colours and slips and using resist techniques, for example latex, wax and paper stencils for example: paper, objects, leaves etc.
• Glazing techniques for example: how to make a glaze, pouring, dipping, painting and glaze on glaze applications, including multiple firings onto fired clay.
• Metallic lustre decoration and how to apply ceramic decals.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

For beginners and experienced artists who wish to develop their skills using a range of decorating techniques

First Class Requirements

Please bring on your first day: Apron or ‘workshop’ clothes
Notebook and pen, brushes and clay tools, fired ceramic work to test glazes onto or ceramic tiles or objects from a charity shop to decorate with glazes, decals and metallic lustres.
There will be an additional charge for clay by weight and under glaze colours or you can bring your own.
Glazes and metallic lustres will be charged extra for.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

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