Ceramics Handbuilding - Beginners/Improvers

This course is designed to introduce you to ceramic handbuilding techniques. The course is suitable for beginners and more experienced ceramicists. During this course you will be able to experiment with different types of clay, glazes and decorating techniques to create ceramic forms either functional or sculptural.

Course Content

You will have the opportunity to learn a range of hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab working and using press moulds
Experiment with decorating techniques such as glazing, slip painting and develop mark making techniques exploring the visual elements of line, texture, colour and shape.

Develop a range of making techniques working using soft clay and leather hard clay and experiment with the visual elements through the use of collage and decorating techniques for example printing on clay with under glaze and coloured slips. Resist decorating techniques with paper stencils and latex, and learn how to create interesting glazed surfaces through the use of multiple firings.

You will develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics through learning about artists.

Course outcomes

On this course you will :

• learn clay preparation and reclaim
• make a one part mould
• create forms using soft slabs of rolled out clay
• design your own pieces working with colour in the clay
• glaze various forms

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

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

For beginners or experienced artists who wish to develop their skills.

First Class Requirements

How to Enrol

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Assessment Methods

Please bring on your first day:
Apron or ‘workshop’ clothes, Sketch-book and drawing materials.
Brushes and clay tools, plastic bags.

You will be required to pay for your clay by weight. The price includes glazes and firing. There are additional charges for special firings.
There are starter packs available, see below for example prices.

Ceramics beginners starter pack
Earthenware Hand-building
Tools – 8 piece starter pack
Clay – 3kg
Pack price - £24

Stoneware handbuilding
Clay – 3kg
Tools – 8 piece starter pack
Pack price £26

Additional Information


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) 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 eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.