Ceramics: Handbuilding

Come learn the basic techniques of hand-building and sculptural design in ceramics. Each session will include time for instruction, and for practicing new techniques. Concepts and theories of 3D and 2D design will be covered along with ideas of form and function. Let your hands learn to do whatever your mind can dream up!

The studio fee is for the use of studio materials, glazing, and firing. You are required to purchase clay during registration or at Fleisher’s front desk.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

What you will learn:

  • Basic techniques for hand-building: pinch, coil, soft slab, and hard slab construction; scoring; carving

  • Sculptural concepts including additive and reductive processes

  • Basic glaze and underglaze techniques

  • Form and function

Required supplies:

  • Hard fettling knife

  • 1/4-inch inexpensive brush for applying slip

  • 1-inch soft brush for glaze

  • Clean-up sponge

  • Needle tool

  • Soft rubber rib/scraper

  • Wooden knife tool

  • Metal fork

  • Plastic bags

  • Clay is available for purchase online or at Fleisher’s front desk. No outside clay is permitted.