Ceramics - Plaster, Mouldmaking, Slipcasting, Decorating & Pressmoulding - All levels

This course aims to teach you how to make your own moulds and vessels with the slip cast method. We will cover also press moulding techniques, and take an in depth look at the wide range of decorative techniques you can use with clay and slip.

Course Content

You will learn how to make you own drop off plaster mould.
You will be taken step by step through the process of how to make simple bowls and any other simple forms with the technique of slipcasting and pressmoulding.
You will be taught by a mixture of regular demonstrations and practical individual help and guidance.

You will be encouraged to keep a working journal of personal inspirational material from magazines or Pinterest, sketches and technical notes.

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.

First Class Requirements

Please bring an apron, a small towel and a notebook.

Attendance Requirements

To get the best from the course, good attendance is recommended, so that you do not miss any teaching.

Additional Information

Some tools can be borrowed from the tutor. However, during the course, you should build up your own collection of tools with advice from your tutor. You will be required to pay for your clay by weight. The price includes glazes and firing. There are additional charges for special firings.


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.