Ceramics Handbuilding and Throwing - Decorative Surfaces - 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 31st August prior to the course start date.

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

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

• If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.