Slab-building and Slip Decorating Weekend Course

Detail of Karen demonstrating


Hand-building and Slip Decorating Workshop

Saturday 10 am - 4.30 pm (with hours lunch break) & Sunday 10 am - 4 pm (with hours lunch break)

Ceramic Artist Karen Dawn Curtis will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of slab building a vase. You will then be shown different technique on how you can decorate your vase with coloured slips. We will look at sponge and brush application, mono-printing and paper resist.

By the end of the session, you will have made a colourful vase decorated using above techniques and three ceramic tiles of your experiments with the three decorating methods. Your work will be glazed fired and will be ready for collection within a month of the session.

This workshop is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of clay. The price of the workshop includes all materials needed to make the set project, tools and two firings.

Karen Dawn Curtis’ workshops will look to create a relaxing environment where your imagination and creativity will be given space to thrive. Aprons will be provided but it is advised that participants wear clothes they are happy to get a little clay on.

Meals are not included. However, my studio is 5 minute walk from Bridport Town Centre where there are a range of shops, cafes and pubs to buy lunch.

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?

All materials needed to make the set projects, firings and expert tuition.


Karen Curtis at Karen Dawn Curtis
Unit 12b, Foundry Lane
ST. Michaels Trading Estate

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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10½ hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Siaron Hughes - - #26216

Absolutely loved the 6-week pottery course with Karen. Each week a new task to learn in pottery-making.

Very much enjoyed it and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!

Thanks Karen!

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Deborah Jones - - #25602

The lady who took the class was very welcoming, and was interested in what we needed from the course. I enjoyed the throwing session very much, and was also shown other techniques.
There was good correspondence regarding how to get to the venue, where we could park and eat etc.
I would definitely book another class. The environment where the studio was based is inspiring and in a comfortable setting.

Response from Karen Dawn Curtis:

Hi Debs,

Thank you so much for the review and so very glad you enjoyed the day!! It was a pleasure to teach you and Louise. Your work is drying nicely and I look forward to firing it.

Kind regards

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