Ceramics Throwing, Handbuilding & Decorating Techniques - Intermediate

If you already have a good level of ceramics experience from previous courses and practical work, and consider yourself to be intermediate level, then this course is for you. We will cover hand building and throwing techniques, and take an in depth look at the wide range of decorative techniques you can use with clay.

Course Content

This course offers you the opportunity to build on your previous ceramics experience.

Course aims:
• You will be encouraged to build upon and expand on your own interests during the class.
• You will be given help and guidance in how to keep a sketch book which will enhance your making and design skills
• You will experiment with decorative techniques of your choice.
• You will learn how to experiment with slip work, wax resist, printing methods with slip, incising and inlay.
• You can learn how to repeat throw a set of mugs or bowls.

Hand building techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, hard and soft slab techniques and slumping in moulds will be covered as well as throwing, to an intermediate level.

You will be able to experiment with decorative techniques such as slip work, slip trailing, resist techniques, scraffito, incising, inlaying and sprigging as well as practicing and refining your glaze work.

You will be encouraged to keep a working journal of personal inspirational material from magazines or Pinterest, sketches and technical notes. This is for your own benefit and is strongly advised as it helps to develop your learning

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.

This course is for those who have completed some beginner courses and have some experience.

First Class Requirements

An apron, towel and personal tool collection and notebook.

Assessment Methods

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.

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.