New Zealand Community Education Centres

Pottery – Hand-building and Surface Decoration

Create slab-built pieces with textures and patterns created from your own self-made stamps and rollers, as well as inlaid and stencilled colour. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. (Held at Wellington Potters' Association, 130 Grant Road, Thorndon).


Pieces will be made with rich surface texture and pattern using slab-built construction. An array of texturing devices will be created in class (hand rollers, stamps, carved surfaces) and impressed into the clay. This textured clay will then be constructed into your choice of form such as vases, platters, brooches, etc.


Some of these impressed designs on the pots will become the basis of inlaid designs. Stencil techniques will also explored on a small scale pieces and pieces glazed for a mid-fire glaze firing. Designs derived may be as subtle or bold.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
• Create your own stamps and other texturing devices
• Assemble pots from slabs
• Use stencils to apply coloured slips and under glazes
• Demonstrate the use of inlay technique

Everything provided, but feel free to bring your own (non-ceramic) inspirational objects: leaves, stones, feathers etc. to use as a jumping-off point for creating patterns, lines, textures.

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".


Ideal as a next step for those who have done a beginners’ course but no previous experience is required.

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