Hand Building Lidded Jars

Hand Building Lidded Jars (beginner) with Jenny Rae

Sundays from 26/06/22 – 17/07/22

13:00 – 15:00

4 sessions over 4 weeks


£215 (£195 for members)

This project starts by looking at the canopic jars of ancient Egypt found in the pyramids, and will be best suited to those who have some experience of handling clay.

The aim is to gain control over hand building techniques in order to replicate the same purity of form of Egyptian Canopic Jars, and to model the head of a creature, real or imaginary as the lid of the jar. When completed, the unfired jar may be burnished and its surface prepared for smoke firing, if the maker chooses. Otherwise, final treatments and possible decoration will be discussed in the class.

Join our tutor Jenny Rae to create your very own lidded jar over the course of 4 weeks!

Class Timetable

Week 1 – Introduction and Demo. Using historical sources to inspire hand built work. Coiling and sculpting techniques will be used to start creating the vessel. Sketchbooks will be used to formulate ideas.

Week 2 – Finish making the main body of the vessel and refine the surface.

Week 3 – Create and model the lid of the jar in the shape of an animal’s head. After watching a demo, this will be fit to the jar.

Week 4 – Refine the construction of the lidded jar. Burnishing the vessel is recommended if the jar is to be smoke fired. Firing and decorating methods will be explained during this session.

Note: The McManus Gallery in Dundee has a collection of ceramics from ancient cultures including Egypt. It is worth visiting in lieu of this project.

How to Book: 
Email us on info@dundeeceramicsworkshop.com to reserve a place.
Places guaranteed on receipt of payment. 
Payment via bank transfer or Paypal 
Spaces are limited – offered on a first come first served basis, get in touch early to avoid disappointment

Cancellation Policy:
If we do not have enough people booked onto a class 72 hours before it is due to start, we will cancel it and send full refunds to anyone booked on. 

If you are booked on and wish to cancel, you must let us know as soon as possible. 
We will issue a full refund until 7 days before the workshop is due to start. 
If you cancel 7 days or less before the workshop is due to start we will issue a 50% refund.
If you cancel 72 hours (3 days) or less before the class is due we will not issue a refund. 

Exceptions: if someone tests positive for Covid or is asked to self isolate within the restricted cancellation period, they will receive a full refund, if evidence can be provided. 

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