Course Code EC1802047
Tutor Annette Bugansky
Dates Mondays, 21st January - 25th March 2019
Days 10
Times 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £280
Location The Art Academy, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This exciting NEW course will introduce you to the methods and creative potential of ceramics surface decoration.

Using your own handmade clay tiles and mosaics you will be able to develop your own visual language alongside important skills. You will be taught mark making techniques to apply colours and patterns to the surface of your work while also being encouraged to experiment and develop your creative ideas.  

As we work through the course you will begin to understand the materials you are using  and put a stronger emphasis on experimentation. As a result you will be able to achieve beautiful and unique effects on your ceramic pieces!

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Scrap book or sketchbook.

In the period leading up to the course, collect pictures of things which appeal to you, including photos of textures, sketches or pictures of things you see like sculptures, pots etc

Apron or work clothes

Notebook for taking notes and keeping a record of how you did your work

Ceramics Tool Kit and brushes

Items for creating texture

About Your Tutor


Annette Bugansky is an award winning British ceramic designer who produces fresh yet timeless collections of contemporary vessels, lighting and wall art, starting from her own textile structures. Her vessels bring together ceramics with traditional clothes pattern drafting techniques and her own experimental stitch, crochet and embroidery, resulting in sensual tactile surface patterns on her otherwise minimal contemporary pieces. Annette is inspired by growing up in Soho near Berwick Street, famed for its rag trade: the texture in nubbly linens or smooth silks; London brickwork and the bark of its Lime trees; the glow of natural light highlighting decorative iron stairways and bouncing off rooftops; twinkling stars and of course, elegant clothes. Her interest in the passing on of traditional techniques, along with types of joining, connecting, entwining and geometric pattern runs through the work she creates. Annette has shown her work all over the world and has been featured in many books and magazines.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Places Available!

Fee: £280.00