Clay Time: An Introduction to Ceramics

Short course

    Develop your skills through flexible projects on our ten-week Ceramics evening class.

    • Learn the basics of ceramics in this evening class at our superb art studios in central Bath.
    • Work with Dr Kate Wilson, experienced ceramicist and Associate Lecturer.
    • Develop your skills through projects that are flexible and can facilitate your individual response to each process.

    Discover the basics of hand building techniques, a variety of surface decoration methods and basic glaze technology. 

    Over the ten weekly sessions, you'll develop your skills through flexible projects. You'll work at your own pace, determining your own projects depending on how involved you wish to become with each process. 

    As the course progresses, you'll learn through a mixture of group demonstrations and individual teaching.

    Workshop time and dates: 

    • Thursday evenings 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Starts 9 January 2020 and runs for ten sessions

    About your tutor

    Kate Wilson is a ceramicist and Associate Lecturer at Bath School of Art and Design.

    In 2017 she completed her Doctorate in which she developed a model of research that responded to collections through practice, utilising The Shepton Collection (cider-related drinking vessels) as a creative tool.

    Kate has over 20 years' teaching experience that includes teaching evening classes at further education (college) level, and up to postgraduate level at Bath Spa University.


    What you'll do

    Over the ten weekly sessions you'll cover:

    • Hand-building processes:
      • Pinching
      • Coiling
      • Slab building
      • Modeling
    • Decorative processes, including:
      • Surface texturing
      • Applied
      • Impressed
      • Pierced / subtracted
    • Slip decorating processes, including:
      • Brushing
      • Trailing
      • Masking / resist
      • Sgrafitto
      • Sponging
      • Mono printing
      • Marbling / feather combing
    • Decorating with oxides:
      • Printing
      • Painting
      • Adding / subtracting
    • Basic glaze application:
      • Transparent / opaque
      • Dipped
      • Poured
      • Sprayed

    You'll be given ideas of possible outcomes, either functional or decorative, but will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and decorative techniques for your individual finished pieces.

    Each session will begin with a demonstration by the tutor that could include a combination of the above processes, depending on the intended outcome.

    Some processes require work to be at different stages of dryness and will need at least one firing, in most cases two.

    Finished work may need to be collected after the course is completed.


    The course will take place at our Locksbrook Campus in Bath.


    The fee for thise programme is £195 for all ten sessions.

    What to bring

    You can bring your own lunch, or eat at Café Sion. Light refreshments are provided.

    Register your interest

    We look forward to receiving your Registration of Interest form (below). If you have any questions, please contact us by email

    Register your interest form (doc)


    To book, or if you have any questions, please contact

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