In-person course

Hand built ceramics with Tom Butcher



This Hand Built Ceramics course starts with coiling – one of the most ancient and versatile methods of forming vessels with clay. A wonderfully meditative technique, you can set your own pace to create an interesting and unique oil burner. This session follows a set project, working towards hand forming a two-part oil burner. Tom will initially demonstrate how to control form and then how to thin and smooth to give a professional finish. Once you have learnt how to control the shape you will move on to creating your own impactful piece using flat coils. You will be able to apply your own decorative elements using coloured slips, incisions and mark making. Tom will take the work back to his studio to apply a clear glazed the interior of the bowl and fire. You can collect your piece from us two weeks later, or we can arrange delivery to your home address (additional charges may apply). This course is suitable for all levels.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class. All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although you may wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.


3 hours (10:01am to 1:01pm)

Cancellation policy

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



Atelier Beside the Sea

with Craft Courses since 2021

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165 Kings Road Arches, , BRIGHTON, East Sussex, BN1 1NB

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
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