6 WEEK COURSE: introduction to handbuilding, multiple dates

6 WEEK COURSE: introduction to handbuilding, multiple dates


Our introductory course begins by celebrating low-tech, no-fuss - it’s been done for millennia - approaches to making pots by hand. You’ll then progress to more recent, albeit still traditional, approaches to manipulating clay. You’ll start and finish pots during each session and then learn how to glaze your own work.

Our beginners course is designed to provide you with an overview of different handbuilding techniques and processes. It’s brief-led and is suited to those who need technical direction and support with clay and glaze basics. We set challenging briefs to develop your material awareness and understanding of common technical and practical issues. We also introduce relevant tools, equipment and studio practices.

Sessions are 2.5 hours long and you should expect to make 1-4 pieces in each session. That's a lot of pots in a 6 week course.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners and anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

This six-week course covers:

  • Pinch pots

  • Coil building

  • Slab building

  • Extruding

  • Using moulds to form clay

  • Basic decorative techniques

  • Preparing and reclaiming clay

  • Multi-component makes

  • Glaze application

Looking for a gift and not sure about dates? We also sell Pottery Experience Vouchers for this course.

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  • Materials.

  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.

  • Packaging.

  • Booking fees.

What you need to know

Our workshops and studio memberships are for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Sunken Studio within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

Work must be collected within 90 days of the session. We dispose of unclaimed work after 90 days.

Access is at street level. There are managed car parks nearby and short stay parking in the neighbouring streets - sadly a bit too short for all of our workshops. The studio is a 10 minute walk from the City Centre, easily accessed by public transport & you can get the free water taxi from Leeds Train Station to Leeds Dock. The studio is a 2 minute walk from Leeds Dock, Sheaf St. (Duke Studios), The Tetley & The Royal Armouries. We’re on the same road as Leeds Discovery Centre.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay - please consider this when booking.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

You’ll be provided with relevant personal protective equipment(PPE). While at the studio, you must observe our health and safety procedures and help us maintain a safe working environment. You must wear the aprons provided, wet wipe surfaces, tools and equipment and avoid practices that may encourage dust to amass or become airborne.