Adult 6 Week Beginner Hand building in clay


Adult 6 week class beginner hand building class


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The Potter’s Shop – Hand Building Sculpture Class for Beginners

Time: 2 hours, one day a week, for six weeks.

Intro to Hand Building will be an opportunity for students to work with clay as an art medium.  Each student will become familiar with the basic methods of construction, decoration, vocabulary, as well as sculptural techniques.

Cost is $230 including all materials.

Learning Objectives:

  • Slab building
  • Coil Method
  • Pinch Method
  • Modeling
  • Surface Applications, such as:
    • Scraffito
    • Transfer
    • Stencils
    • Brush
    • Mishima

Day 1: Demonstration on Rolling out slabs (which will be class slab), pinching technique, and coil technique, Students rolling out slab. All designs must be approved by instructor before creation. Students will create one coil vessel.

Day 2: Demonstration on textures with objects students have brought in. Demo on slipping and scoring slabs together. Use texture to create decorative flat ornament.

Day 3: Demonstration on modeling clay for required application.  More work time for box construction.

Day 4: Demonstration on creating box lid and surface application. The rest is work time.

Day 5: Last day to finish wet clay. Finish construction, surface application, etc. so piece can begin to try and be bisque fired.

Day 6: Brief glazing demo with brush or dunking techniques. Bisque pieces returned and day for glazing. Piece must be completed by end of class.

  • Students will have created one decorative ceramic box, one pinch vessel, one coil vessel, and one decorative flat ornament by class completion.


We know practicing helps so each class includes lab time:

Starting with the second class, students can arrive 30 minutes early to warm up prior to the start of the class.  Class fee covers all tools and clay during class and 30 minutes practice time before class.

Class cancellation policy

No refund is available if cancellation is less than 48 before the start of class.  If you need to miss a session you can join another session in progress as long as room is available. We reserve the right to cancel classes if the minimum enrollment is not reached; full tuition will be refunded.

Please wear appropriate clothing for getting clay on, trim your fingernails, tie back long hair and remove any hand accessories.

Finished pottery pieces not picked in 120 days will be disregarded.