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Why choose this course?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are monitoring the situation and will update our short courses when we have further information.

Course dates and costs

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

  • 16 September to 28 October 2020
  • 04 November to 16 December  2020
  • 13 January to 24 February 2021
  • 03 March to 28 April 2021 (excluding 31 March & 07 April 2021 - Easter break)
  • This course costs £440 for each 7 week course. 

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

  • 16 September to 28 October 2020
  • 04 November to 16 December  2020
  • 13 January to 24 February 2021
  • 03 March to 28 April 2021 (excluding 31 March & 07 April 2021 - Easter break)
  • This course costs £185 for each 7 week course. 

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

  • 21 September to 02 November 2020
  • 09 November to 14 December  2020
  • 16 January to 27 February 2021
  • 06 March to 01 May 2021 (excluding 03 & 10 April 2021 -
    Easter break
  • This course costs £230 for each 7 week 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. 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.

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


Please note that materials are not included within the fees for 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 our School shop, or online. Where necessary or relevant, some specialist materials can be purchased from the staff during workshops.

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 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 the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

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.


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.  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
16/09/202028/10/2020Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:30£440Apply online
16/09/202028/10/2020Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
19/09/202031/10/2020Saturdays 09:30 - 13:00£230Apply online
04/11/202016/12/2020Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:30£440Apply online
04/11/202016/12/2020Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
07/11/202019/12/2020Saturdays 09:30 - 13:00£230Apply online
13/01/202124/02/2021Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:30£440Apply online
13/01/202124/02/2021Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
16/01/202127/02/2021Saturdays 09:30 - 13:00£230Apply online
03/03/202128/04/2021Wednesdays 09:30 - 16:30£440Apply online
03/03/202128/04/2021Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
06/03/202101/05/2021Saturdays 09:30 - 13:00£230Apply online