Introduction to ceramics


“It’s working!” It crumbled … “It’s hanging this time!” It crumbled again … “Damn it, ceramics! As God is my witness, I’ll be the last one standing!”

Tons of persistence, a connection with the past and a desire to leave a legacy for the future – that’s one way to define a potter. And hands. Something about them.

If you’ve ever wondered how all-powerful it feels to shape a block of clay with the slightest touch, this is your chance to try.
(Spoiler alert: It may end up being a much more humbling experience than you expect … And that’s probably a good thing.)

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This workshop is the starting point for total beginners and those who want to continue their initiated journey.

A tour through some of the main processes to work with clay: handbuilding (coil and slab construction), press moulding and wheel throwing.

To finish your piece, take some time to learn about surface decoration: colour, pattern and mark making.

In other words, a simple overview of this ancient art. And remember: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Duration: 10am – 4pm with break for lunch.

Age: 17+

Clay and slips: Provided

Lunch: Not included. You’re welcome to bring your own or visit a local business. (We’ve heard that Spitaki Greek Taverna and The Other Place are tasty options.)

Tea and coffee included: Yes

Recommendations: Wearing old clothes

Price includes finishing, glazing and firings. The work will be ready to collect about three weeks later.

To find out how to get there, go to the ‘Directions’ tab on Cyan Clayworks profile.

**Important notice**

Before booking, check our cancellation policy. If you go ahead, we’ll understand that you’ve read it and agreed to it.