Course Code SAT2201047
Tutor Niamh Phillips, Adele Williams
Course Dates Saturdays, 24th September - 10th December 2022
Days 8
Times 10.30am - 1pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £340
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

A comprehensive introduction into the methods and variety of creative potential of sculptural ceramics. The course covers studio practice, clay types, basic core techniques of hand building for sculpture: coiling, pinching, slab building and surface decoration. These will be taught and put into practice to make finished ceramic forms. Through practical projects you will understand the material and, with emphasis on experimentation, how you can manipulate it to create a variety of forms. These can then be decorated with raw glazes and slips for a once fired finished piece.

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 that appeal to you, including photos of textures, sketches or pictures of things you see, like sculptures, pots etc

Apron or work clothes

Plastic bags/large freezer bags work well for covering work in progress

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

Please bring old clothes or an apron as you may get messy!

The course cost includes one 12.5Kg bag of white earthenware clay (White St Thomas). If you wish to buy more clay, you will be able to do so during the course at the cost of £23 that includes the firing charge.

If you have any pottery tools (e.g. kidneys, wooden and metal tools, wires, whirlers, sponges, rolling pins etc) please bring them with you.  

You will also be able to purchase some tools from the Art Academy shop throughout the course 

About Your Tutor


Is a teacher who runs ceramic courses and workshops at studios across London, and is also a studio potter creating work from Clay collective. Since setting up the Clay Collective studio with a collective of makers in 2016, they have run workshops for Somerset House and Tate Modern.


Originally from Ireland, Niamh moved to London to study Ceramic Design where she graduated with honours from Central Saint Martins in 2016.  Niamh works with plaster to create moulds and slipcast her porcelain vessels. She is interested in collections, how we visually group our surroundings and the various ways objects can be eclectic. Alongside developing her own practice, Niamh works in education which she finds incredibly rewarding. She runs various ceramic courses and workshops in South London focusing on handbuilding, throwing and surface design.


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”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during 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 images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £340.00