Colour in Ceramics - Applications and Techniques - Masterclass

'This is a specialised ceramics course which covers in depth the methods of colour in ceramics. You will learn how to use colour in ceramics and many decorating techniques. This is a class for intermediate to advance level students as we will go in depth beyond just making ceramics. An understanding of ceramics at a basic level is required such as throwing, handbuliding or slipcasting.

Course Content

This Masterclass is divided into 3 sections.

Colouring clay, slip and glaze.
Application and techniques of colour.
Creating your own unique colours.

You will learn in depth:

How to make your own colour glazes. You will be taught and then you will have a chance to experiment yourself with line blends. triaxial and quadriaxial colour blends in slip, clay and glazes.
You will learn how to use metal oxides as colorants and highlighters and their effects and reactions with different atmospheres during firing.
We will cover the difference between colour decorative slips and colour casting slips. Their uses and their effects.
Surface decoration with the use of underglazes, glazes, slips, oxides and the use of glass with ceramics.
We will look into nerikomi, Skinner blend and much more.
We will look into 3rd firing surface decoration finishes such as enamels, lustres and decals. Their applications and effects.
Beyond making our own colours we will look how to utilise the existing natural colours of clays and their effects with different firing temperatures and atmospheres, and how clay can affect the finished colour. We will look how colour in ceramics affect light and is affected by light.

It is vital to keep notes and record not only what you been taught but also your own findings.
Colour in ceramics is a very wide subject but very specific too. The right colour choice and application can elevate your work significantly.'

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.

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.