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Saturday Short Course – Introduction to Handbuilding. Two Saturdays – August 24th & August 31st 2019


Saturday Short Course. Pottery. Introduction to Handbuilding. Suitable for beginners. Saturday August 24th & 31st 2019. 11:00am – 4:30pm  This handbuiding course is suitable for complete beginners or as a refresher. This is a structured course for anyone who wishes to learn the basics of various hand building techniques and decoration and is a good introduction to working with clay. The price does not include firing costs. Any finished artwork will be charged at £6 per kg. (for one bisque and one glaze firing.)

8 spaces available



Saturday short course – Introduction to Handbuilding

Two Saturdays – August 24th & August 31st 2019. 11:00 am – 4:30 pm.     £150.00

This handbuilding course is suitable for complete beginners who would like to learn the basics of handbuilding in clay. It would also be suitable as a refresher course, or for someone who can already throw but would like to learn some hand building skills.

Clay is an amazingly versatile medium and you will  learn various different methods of construction including pinching, coiling and slab work with and without moulds. We will cover some decorating techniques using slips, underglaze colours and glazes.

You will also learn how the studio here works.

We will be covering a lot of material in just two days so the course will focus on learning effective and safe techniques and procedures more than necessarily producing finished pieces to take home.  The intention is to cover the groundwork so that you have plenty of options to explore and experiment with creatively. By the end of the two days you may feel confident enough to carry on working independently, in which case you may like to try our ‘Open Studio’ sessions here at the Pottery to practice what you have learnt.

There will be a 30 minute lunch break and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

Please bring an apron or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

There will be the option to have work glaze fired to collect at a later date. There will be a small charge for this.

The course will be taught by Kate Reynolds who has assisted Roberto in the studio for the last few years and is part of our Open Studio Team. Kate is a hand builder who enjoys the opportunity for creativity and happenstance that clay offers.

Terms and Conditions

By placing a booking we will assume that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Methods of Payment Payment of the course fees must be made in full at the time of placing a booking. On receipt of your booking, and payment your place(s) will be confirmed. The price doesn’t include materials and firing costs. The artwork will be charged at £6 per kg, payable to the tutor.

Tools The Studio is well equipped with pottery tools. You are free to bring your own tools if you wish and it is recommended that you bring an apron.

Cancellation and Refund Cancellations made within 10 working days of the start date of the course will be charged the full fee. Cancellation made within 11 – 30 working days of the start date of the course will be charged 50% of the fee. Cancellation more than 30 working days in advance of the course will incur no charge.

Exclusion Pottery Gagliano reserves the right to refuse access to its facilities and premises where there is reason to believe that these conditions have been breached or where threatening, bullying, harassing or disruptive behaviour has occurred. Pottery Gagliano will not be liable for any losses or expense (including course fees and consequential damages) incurred by anyone working in the studio.

Contact Us If you have any questions about this Agreement, please feel free to contact us at or call us at 07789 997361.