Beginners Clay Hand Building

Beginners Clay Hand Building

During this online beginners clay hand building course I introduce you to clay and teach you the basics of hand building in a series of videos. During the course you will learn all the basics of working with clay as well as the three main clay hand building techniques – pinch pots, slab building and coiling. Each video is a step by step demonstration of making using a particular technique with hints, tips and explanations of how and why we do certain things when making.  You learn what you need to watch for and some of the ways to bring a make back when something goes wrong.

If you have any questions as you go through the videos you can contact me (by email or Facebook messenger) and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can in office hours with an answer.

You will need your own clay and tools for this course.  You can find much of the tools you need by repurposing items from home but if you would like to buy pottery tools I would suggest the following as a basic kit:

  • a set of wooden modelling tools
  • a knife (potters)
  • a rubber kidney
  • a paint brush (around size 8)
  • a wooden rolling pin
  • an untreated wooden board
  • a sponge
  • a clay cutter is useful but not essential

You can also add a whirler/turntable, texture/pattern stamps or rollers and a hole cutter too.

In the UK you can find all of these online. If you’d like the convenience of buying everything you’ll need for this course you can buy my starter pack at  If you would like a whirler/turntable and texture tools as well as the basics there is an additional pack with these available too. They will say they’re out of stock because they are a group of individual items that will be put together when you order so please don’t be put off by this.

“What I loved about your classes from day one is your relaxed and casual yet thorough approach to teaching someone about working with clay. I think the very supportive and positive environment you’ve created in your classes is an important feature to highlight. I’ve (also) really appreciated your flexibility around the workings of your studio, particularly during the pandemic.”

Lauren McBeath Jan 2021

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This course includes access to one of my live Q&A sessions online.  


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