About the course

This course is ideal for people who would like to learn the full range of ceramic techniques, beginning with the design and conception of a piece of ceramic work, to the nuts and bolts of how to make it.

The course will cover the different techniques available to you and explore why you would choose one method over another to achieve the desired result.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 15 or 21

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

Your work will be fired and so you will learn about the firing process. You will be supported by our staff team in creating your own finished pieces, using the any of the above techniques. Our highly experienced tutors will also ensure that you know how to work safely in a workshop environment.

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

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


Please note that materials are not included within this course.

Once you have booked a course you will be sent a materials list, with instructions about what to bring on your first day. Materials can be purchased from your tutor during the workshop. Where necessary or relevant, some specialist materials can be also purchased from the tutor. For health and safety reasons only clay, glazes and oxides that are purchased from your tutor will be permitted on the course.

Clay is sold by the bag and the prices range from £10 to £22 per 12.5kg bag.

Key Staff

Course Tutor(s)

  • Ewa Wawrzyniak
  • Paul Rowbottom

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two 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 you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

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

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
14/06/202319/07/2023Wednesday19.00 - 21.30£200.00Apply online
15/06/202320/07/2023Thursday10.00 - 14.30£380.00Apply online
17/06/202322/07/2023Saturday09.30 - 13.00£275.00Apply online
20/09/202325/10/2023Wednesday19.00 - 21.30£215.00Apply online
23/09/202328/10/2023Saturday09.30 - 13.00£285.00Apply online
08/11/202313/12/2023Wednesday19.00 - 21.30£215.00Apply online
11/11/202316/12/2023Saturday09.30 - 13.00£285.00Apply online

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts