Hand Building

Cardiff Pottery Workshops offer excellent classes in the hand building discipline. Master the techniques of slab and coil building in our relaxed and creative community with the talented Kelly Campbell showing you the way. You will work to a specially developed 6 week plan which has been devised to take you step by step through the process of hand building for beginners. Alternatively, if you would prefer more tailored tuition you can opt for personal tuition or purchase hand building credits tailored for those who cannot commit to a 6 week course (minimum of 6 credits). Details and prices are listed below...


Class Details

During the 6 week hand building course you will work on a number of projects ranging from functional to sculptural. Each lesson will start with clay preparation, followed by a demonstration by the tutor. You will then have time to practice what has been demonstrated and guidance will be offered where needed. If you need a break, the kettle is always on with tea and coffee in abundance so please do help yourselves...or ask the tutor to make a brew! 

Skills you will learn:

  • Clay preparation.

  • Slab rolling and compression.

  • Working to a template.

  • Using an Extruder.

  • Coil building.

  • Pinch pot technique.

  • Surface textures and detailing.

  • Fettling and preparation for firing.

Working with clay can be messy. We supply aprons but it is probably best if you come to the classes in clothes and footwear you don't mind getting dirty. No watches or jewellery to be worn and you may want to tie your hair back in preparation. 

You can book your place right away by selecting from the drop down options, the day and time that is suitable for you. Please note the course must be paid for in full before attending. If you miss a class this may be made up depending on available space. All work is fired and glazed and will be ready to collect two weeks after the completion of your course. All hand built creations will be glazed, colours may vary depending on availability. If you would like to glaze your pieces yourself this can be done by booking onto one of our glazing sessions, usually held on a Sunday.

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Kelly and her team look forward to meeting you!

We have plenty of rolling pins!

We have plenty of rolling pins!

6 Week Course: £100

Wednesday AM: 10.00-12.00 PM 19.00-21.00.

Tutor: Kelly Campbell

Round 1: 9th January 2019

Round 2: 27th January 2019

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Sculptural Hand Building

Sculptural Hand Building

Pinch Pot

Pinch Pot

Personal Tuition: £60-£150

Personal Tuition sessions are two hours long and are tailored to your specific request. This can be anything from a taster session to a particular project you may need help with. All materials and firing included. 

1x 1-2-1 Session: £60.00

2x 1-2-1 Sessions: £90.00

3x 1-2-1 Sessions: £150.00

Personal Tuition classes are held at a time suitable for you and the availability of one of our tutors. Once your booking has been received a member of our team will be in touch to arrange a time and date. 

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