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Why choose this course?

This course is ideal for people who would like to learn ceramic techniques, from the design and conception of a piece of ceramic work to the nuts and bolts of how to make it, the different techniques available to you and why you would choose one method over another to achieve the desired result. You will also learn about the pottery workshop, what equipment you need and how to use it, essential health and safety and how to set up your own facilities in a shed, garage, workshop or spare room.

Each week you will learn about types of clay and a different process of making such as:

  • coiling and extruding – building shapes from hand-rolled ‘snakes’ of clay
  • slab-building – building shapes from rolled out ‘slabs’ of clay
  • pinching – using hands to shape clay
  • throwing – using a pottery wheel to ‘raise’ a shape
  • styles of surface decoration - from slips, underglazes to texture and glaze application techniques

Work will be fired and you will be able to learn about the firing process. You will be able to create your own finished pieces using the any of the above techniques and the tutor will ensure that you know how to work safely in a workshop environment.

By the end of the course you will have a range of ceramic pieces of your own design and enough knowledge of how to make pottery independently if you wish to continue beyond the basic techniques.

Course experts

  • Ewa Wawrzyniak
  • Paul Rowbottom

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on +44 (0)1707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk

Course dates

On a Wednesday from 9:30 to 16:30 on the following dates:

  • 12 June to 17 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 18 September to 30 October 2019 (7 week course)
  • 06 November to 11 December  2019 (6 week course)
  • 15 January to 22 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 04 March to 29 April 2020 (7 week course, excluding 08 & 15 April 2020 - Easter break)

On a Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:30 on the following dates:

  • 12 June to 17 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 18 September to 30 October 2019 (7 week course)
  • 06 November to 11 December  2019 (6 week course)
  • 15 January to 22 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 04 March to 29 April 2020 (7 week course, excluding 08 & 15 April 2020 - Easter break)

On a Saturday from 9.30 to 13.00 on the following dates:

  • 15 June to 20 July 2019 (6 week course)
  • 21 September to 02 November 2019 (7 week course)
  • 09 November to 14 December  2019 (6 week course)
  • 18 January to 29 February 2020 (7 week course)
  • 07 March to 02 May 2020 (7 week course, excluding 11 & 18 April 2020 - Easter break)


Please note that materials are not included within this course.

Students will be sent a materials list once they have booked a course with instructions of what to bring on their first day. Materials can be purchased from our School shop which offers an extensive selection for all our courses. Some specialist materials can be purchased from the relevant workshops within the School.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and offered an alternative class where relevant.

We therefore encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement. 

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences. For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
12/06/201917/07/2019Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:30£380Apply online
12/06/201917/07/2019Wednesdays 19:00 to 21:30£150Apply online
15/06/201920/07/2019Saturdays 09:30 - 13:00£200Apply online


Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
18/09/201930/10/2019Wednesdays 09.30 - 16.30£440Apply online
18/09/201930/10/2019Wednesdays 19.00 to 21.30£165Apply online
21/09/201902/11/2019Saturdays 09.30 to 13.00£230Apply online
06/11/201911/12/2019Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.30£375Apply online
06/11/201911/12/2019Wednesdays 19.00 to 21.30£145Apply online
09/11/201914/12/2019Saturdays 09.30 to 13.00£200Apply online
15/01/202026/02/2020Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.30£440Apply online
15/01/202026/02/2020Wednesdays 19.00 to 21.30£165Apply online
18/01/202029/02/2020Saturdays 09.30 to 13.00£230Apply online
04/03/202029/04/2020Wednesdays 09.30 to 16.30£440Apply online
04/03/202029/04/2020Wednesdays 19.00 to 21.30£165Apply online
07/03/202002/05/2020Saturdays 09.30 to 13.00£230Apply online