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Clay workshops at Sugi Ceramics using traditional hand-building techniques

Clay workshops at Sugi Ceramics using traditional hand-building techniques

Duration: one day

Price: £80

Run by: Louise Gridley
at Sugi Ceramics

01359 231570

Unit 4c Station Road Industrial Estate
Elmswell
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HR

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About the Course

Make your own personalised clay house sign or dinner plate using the traditional hand-building 'slabbing' technique. Experiment with decorative surfaces using coloured slips, stamping, sgrafitto, masking, stencilling and textural mark-making.

Working in an informal studio environment, above an antique furniture restorer, local artist-teacher Louise Gridley will guide you through the design and making process using clay. Creative surface decoration techniques will be explored to enable you to realise your own, unique design. Make a ceramic outcome for yourself or as a personalised gift. Workshops are suitable for all abilities.

All ceramic ware is bisque fired and glazed with a transparent glaze to enhance surface decoration. Fired ware can be picked up from the studio at a later date by prior arrangement. Alternatively, postal service is available at a small, additional cost.

Louise has been teaching Art since 2001; she is a practicing artist who loves to engage her local community through the arts. She has experience of teaching art to all ages and abilities through her work in the primary, secondary and further education sectors. She is passionate about the arts and loves engaging others through her energetic, fun teaching approach.

Engage your 'inner creativity' and enjoy the calming, therapeutic qualities of working 'hands-on' with clay. Register as an individual or with a friend for a small-group workshop (up to 6 people) or as a larger group (up to 12 people). Mobile workshops can be arranged for those wishing to use their own venue.

Choose a workshop to suit you. Other examples include:
- Make & decorate personalised ceramic bunting using porcelain clay (1/2 day) £35.00
- Sculpt the human form directly from a life model using the coil technique (1 day) £95.00

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The workshop runs from 10am - 4pm. Workshop dates are flexible and can be run on both the weekend and on week days.

All materials including aprons are provided. Each student will have their own tray of modelling tools exclusively for their use during the workshop. All ceramic ware is bisque and glazed fired and will be available to collect at a later, pre-arranged date.

Students may bring their own lunch (fridge, microwave and toaster available for use). Facilities in the village include co-op, fish n chip shop, Chinese takeaway and pub, all within easy walking distance. Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the workshop.

Parking is available for those arriving by car.


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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Child friendly
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly