This hands on weekend course will introduce you to the versatility of clay. From making functional items like tableware to conceptual sculpture, you will be fully supported in making objects of your choice through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance, it is a fun and friendly environment, from a tutor who is a specialist ceramics graduate from the Royal College of Art. This course is ideal for a beginner who would like to experience and explore the main ways of making ceramics through pinching, coiling, slab building and slip decoration. With practical demonstrations and one-to-one tuition you will be guided through making and decorating a range of ceramic objects. These techniques have the potential to be used to make anything from functional ceramics such as mugs, plates, platters, bowls, cups, planters, to figurative or sculptural works.

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On the first day you will learn about different types of clay and their uses, how to prepare your clay through wedging, how to pinch a bowl form, roll coils, roll a slab and begin coiling a pot or object of your choice. On the second day you will learn how to roll a slab to build a cylinder, cube shape or object of your choice. We will then show you how to decorate your forms with a range of tools and techniques including painting, stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing with coloured decorating slips. Kiln firing will also be explained and your creations will be fired after the course. Because your work needs to dry and be fired before glazing you will have the opportunity to select a piece of work to be glazed by the tutor after the course. The tutor can also advise you on alternative surface finishes. By the end of the course you will have the fundamental skills needed to hand-build anything you can imagine in clay! The course cost includes all materials and two kiln firings. Aprons will be provided but it can get messy. Due to the drying and firing process the work will be ready in 2 – 4 weeks. London Sculpture Workshop will email you when your masterpieces can be collected. The workshop is open most Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5:30pm.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


London Sculpture Workshop (LSW) is a not for profit CIC and artist led maker space, founded in 2012 by graduates from The Royal College of Art (RCA) and The Slade School of Fine Art as an open access sculpture workshop with a short course programme. LSW was founded to meet the need for accessible, inclusive, affordable, high-quality facilities for anyone who wants to make in 3D.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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London Sculpture Workshop, Unit 0, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR