Introduction to Handbuilding

Photo by Felicity Crawshaw

Course Leader: Amy Benzie

Places: 8 (Beginners +)
Cost: £250 (£225 non residential)
This cost includes tuition, firings and materials

Course 2: Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March 2024

Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372.

Access information is at the bottom of this page.

In this course, participants will be guided through a range of processes in hand-building with clay. Together we will explore traditional techniques including coiling, slab building, pinch pots and press moulding to create sculptural and functional ceramic objects, as well as identifying and testing out different clay bodies for these different processes. There will also be an opportunity to add colour to your work with various slips and/or stains.

Participants are welcome to bring any objects they may wish to use as ‘formers’ for building around, or to use to add texture and pattern to surfaces, however this is not essential as all tools and materials will be provided. 

A full induction to the workshop will be given and no previous experience is necessary.

Your choice of pieces will be fired after the course and a clear gloss glaze is also available. Participants should collect work or make arrangements for the work to be collected, in line with SSW storage policy.


Book your place on the Introduction to Handbuilding course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email to the provided address once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making your booking.


We welcome access riders and/or informal conversations prior to taking part in the course, about what you need to work and live comfortably on site at SSW.

We understand ‘access’ to be what you need to be able to participate in the residency comfortably and safely. These needs may be physical, for example different heights of workstations or access to quiet space. They may be cultural, for example connections with different groups or organisations in the area, or space for worship. Needs may include communication requirements (email, text, phone), translated documents or space for your family (bio/chosen), an ally, support worker or travel buddy to stay. These are just a few examples, and we encourage you to get in touch before you apply, to discuss what we can put in place to support your participation in residency.

Contact Joanne Matthews on arts@ssw.org.uk / 01464 861372 with any questions or to discuss access to this course.

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