Upcoming Classes

PLEASE NOTE: in response to concerns around COVID-19, Dundee Ceramics Workshop will be closed until Wed 15 April. You’re still welcome to book for the below classes, with the understanding that they may be postponed if we’re required to close for longer. Please see our Facebook for updates. [updated 26 March]

Want to join a class? Book by emailing us at info@dundeeceramicsworkshop.com – your space is confirmed as soon we receive payment. All classes have a maximum of eight places available (unless otherwise stated) to ensure everyone receives individual tutor time and attention.

If a class you’re interested in is listed as sold out but you’d like to join the waiting list, just get in touch.

Beginners / all levels
Thursdays from 23 April – Ceramics for All!
Sunday 26 April – Intro to Clay – Taster Session – SOLD OUT
Fridays from 1 May – Introduction to Ceramics
Wednesdays from 6 May – Ceramics for All!
Mondays from 18 May – Grounded: Hand-building Ceramics
Saturday 20 June – Intro to Clay – Taster Session – SOLD OUT

Intermediate / advanced
Saturday 18 & 25 April – Terra Sigillata and Burnishing Techniques
Thursdays from 4 June – Ceramics for Improvers!


Grounded: Hand Building Ceramics
Suitable for all levels

Learn basic skills in hand building with clay during this four week block. Tutor Jill Skulina will share the versatility of clay through techniques such as pinch pots, slab building and coiling; followed by decorating and glazing your creations before we fire them for you to take home.

These classes are ideal for complete beginners, and are also great for those who have tried ceramics but would like to refine their skills.

Classes cost £100 / £90 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firings.

Upcoming blocks:
Mondays from 18 May 2020 – 6pm-8.30pm for four weeks

Young people aged 12-16 are welcome to attend (at concession price) but must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Terra Sigillata and Burnishing Techniques
Intermediate / advanced level

Explore the ancient techniques of terra sigillata (‘sealed earth’) and burnishing, and learn how to create polished surfaces on clay at this two day workshop.

Terra sigillata – commonly seen on Roman and Ancient Greek decorative pottery – uses a fine slip made and provided by tutor Sarah Rychtarova, who will also show you how to use tools to achieve burnished effects. You’ll learn how to add a shine to your work through the applications of these different techniques.

Day 1: Make small clay vessels or sculptures from your own ideas, creating a smooth surface (though a small amount of texture may be applied).
Day 2: Use specially made terra sigillata to polish and further decorate a surface, and experiment with different tools in burnishing. Feeling daring? Try applying both techniques together!

Classes cost £70 / £60 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firings.

Saturday 18 & 25 April 2020 – 1pm-3.30pm


Ceramics for All!
Suitable for all levels

Our Ceramics for All! classes are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed environment to explore making with clay, whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to refresh skills and develop specific techniques. Tackle your own projects at your own pace and receive guidance from our wonderful tutor Sarah Rychtarova. We now offer Wednesday afternoon blocks alongside our Thursday evenings blocks.

This is a general course covering hand building techniques, surface decoration processes and glaze applications. An intro to wheel throwing can also be covered on request.

Classes cost £155 / £135 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firings.

Upcoming blocks:
Thursdays from 23 April 2020 – 6pm-8:30pm for six weeks
Wednesdays from 6 May 2020 – 1pm-3:30pm for six weeks

Young people aged 12-16 are welcome to attend (at concession price) but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Interested in a taster class before committing to a block? Contact us about arranging a bespoke 1-1 with Sarah at £35 a session, where you can discuss your ideas and what you need from the course.


Introduction to Ceramics
Suitable for all levels

Get to grips with the basics of ceramics! The perfect intro to wheel throwing, hand-building and glazing.

Our tutor Kevin Andrew Morris will teach you an array of techniques in these beginners classes. Get an introduction to wheel throwing; learn how to hand-build through pinch pots, slab building and coiling; and decorate and glaze your creations before taking them home.

These classes are ideal for complete beginners, and are also great for those who have tried ceramics but would like to refine their skills.

Classes cost £185 / £165 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firings.

Upcoming blocks:
Fridays from 1 May 2020 – 6pm-8.30pm for seven weeks

Young people aged 12-16 are welcome to attend (at concession price) but must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Ceramics for Improvers!
Intermediate level / advanced level

A chance to hone skills and try more challenging processes for those who regularly attend classes or have experience.

Regularly attend classes and want to step up your skills? Have some experience and are looking for a new challenge? This four week block is a chance to hone your techniques or add to them with more advanced processes, such as flat coiling or throwing plates on a wheel bat. Tutor and artist Sarah Rychtarova provides guidance and support in achieving your ideas.

These classes are for those with experience of clay who would like to learn a new skill or expand their existing knowledge.

Classes cost £100 / £90 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firings.

Upcoming blocks:
Thursdays from 4 June 2020 – 6pm-8.30pm for four weeks

Young people aged 12-16 are welcome to attend (at a concession price) but must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Intro to Clay – Taster Session
Suitable for all levels

Whether playing with clay is a distant memory or you’ve never done ceramics in your life, this taster session with Shannon Donovan is a great way to sample different techniques before joining a longer DCW class.

Take a half day tour of the main basic hand-building techniques – pinch pots, coiling and slabs – then watch a wheel-throwing demonstration before trying for yourself. At the end of the session you can pick your two favourite pieces to be fired; these will then be glazed for you to collect when they’re complete.

This class is designed for complete beginners who want to try ceramics before committing to one of our class blocks.

Class costs £50 / £45 for members. Cost includes tuition, materials and firing/glazing of two items.

Sunday 26 April 2020 – 12pm-4pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday 20 June 2020
– 12pm-4pm – SOLD OUT

Young people aged 12-16 are welcome to attend (at a concession price) but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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