A Beginners Guide to Hand building with Verity Howard



Learn how to use pinching and coiling techniques to create pots and vessels of different shapes and sizes with foot rings or feet. Create your own coiled planter, refine your work and discover how to use coloured decorating slips with renowned artist Verity Howard.

After graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2015, with a First-Class BA (Hons) Degree in Three-Dimensional Design, Verity returned to Hereford to set up her art practice. Verity uses clay as a medium for drawing and monoprinting to create sculptural ceramic forms. These works explore mystery, trigger memories, generate atmosphere, and evoke a sense of place.

Duration: 3 weeks - total 4.5 hours

Session times

Thursday 9th June - 5.30 pm-7.00 pm UK time (1.5 hours)
Thursday 16th June - 5.30 pm-7.00 pm UK time (1.5 hours)
Thursday 23rd June - 5.30 pm-7.00 pm UK time (1.5 hours)

Please note that classes may be slightly longer depending on student questions.

What to Prepare:

You will need a computer, tablet, or phone with a camera and microphone in order to join the online classroom
You should have a reliable internet connection, fast enough to make video calls or stream videos
Information on your booking will be emailed to you prior to the course date, including how to join the online classroom
A pen and paper to take any notes
We restrict the class size to 20 people


We are committed to maintaining a respectful community where all our students can learn and develop their full potential, within a safe environment.

If you have a disability or any specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us prior to the session so we can accommodate you.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This class covers:

Gain insight into Verity’s practice and career.
Learn the basics of pinching.
How to create different shaped pinch pots.
How to add feet and a foot ring onto a pinch pot.
How to join two pinch pots together to create a hollow form.
How to turn a pinched hollow form into a vessel.
Learn the basics of coiling.
How to create different shaped coil pots.
How to create a coiled planter.
How to refine a coiled planter.
How to apply coloured decorating slips.
How to brush on glazes.
The basics of firing.
Students will complete the class with a small pinched pot, a small pinched vessel, and a coiled planter, decorated with coloured slips.

What you will need

Links for where to buy the below materials can be provided after your booking has taken place.

Stoneware Clay:
• 5 kg (minimum amount for this class) Sibelco Chocolate Speckle Clay

Stoneware Vitraglazes:
• Vitraglaze Stoneware Glaze: 250ml Shiny Transparent

Decorating Slip:
• 2 x 250ml Coloured Decorating Slips of your own choice. Verity uses White slip and Scaup blue slip

Tools & Equipment:
• Apron
• Small Rubber kidney
• Bamboo Rib
• Serrated Kidney
• Rolling Pin
• Knife
• Wire Clay Cutter
• Banding Wheel
• Metal Kidney
• Containers for water and slip

Glazing Tools:
• Haik Brush
• Paintbrush

• Kiln – If you don’t have your own there are clay studios who rent out their kilns for communal firings as well as Kiln Share where you can find a kiln near you.
• Work Board, this can equally be your own table or wooden board. Hot Clay supply MDF boards


Chloe Monks at Hot Clay UK

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1½ hours (5:30pm to 7:00pm)

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