Handbuilt Pottery Day

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Pottery Bowls of light
Sun 01Dec

Bowl of Light

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Spend the day at Hawkwood learning how to hand-build clay bowls using pinch and coil techniques and a variety of tools to shape and smooth the surface.

Jayne uses these beautiful ‘bowls of light’ to hold candles by way of a metaphor for the light each of us carries inside to share with the world.

Event time: Sun 1st Dec at 9:00am - Sun 1st Dec at 5:00pm

At a Glance

  • Introduction to the tools, techniques, and process of hand-build pottery
  • Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, with expert guidance
  • A creative mix of teaching, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation

What will Participants Gain

  • An understanding of the properties of clay
  • Develop skills and techniques to shape and refine the surface of your bowl
  • Complete your own original project

We’ll start the day with an introduction to clay – its properties, the process of hand-building pottery and how, as a skill that dates back to the earliest cultures, it connects us to our ancient past. We will learn about how it is sourced and made and how it differs around the country.

As we’re using a barrel-firing process to turn the clay into ceramic, we will discuss how best to shape the bowls to suit this particular process and begin to explore the different techniques we’ll be using to shape our bowls.

We will begin by making balls of clay, equally sized, in the palms of our hands. To prepare the clay, we need to work it or knead it to ensure any air bubbles are removed. After a short demonstration, we will first make a thumb or pinch pot. This simple, traditional pottery technique, uses the thumbs to open out the clay ball into a bowl shape.

After this, coils of clay are prepared and added to the previous simple pinch pot to build up its shape. As we go, we’ll smooth and refine the bowl surface using our hands and fingers and a selection of hand-building tools.

Jayne will demonstrate barrel firing. Clay needs to dry slowly and completely to prevent cracking when fired. So, the pots you build will be prepared and fired offsite.

Price Options

£90 Day Rate


12 available

Practical Information

Please wear suitable work clothes or bring an apron.

The work built during the course will need to dry and so will be fired and processed off-site and returned to Hawkwood, for collection, or posted if not local.

Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch, and refreshments.

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am.

Jayne Tricker

Professional artist, art educator, and designer-maker Jayne Tricker is passionate about ceramics. She has taught in a range of settings, from primary and special needs education to artists workshops and one-to-one tuition.

She shares her passion for workshops and demonstrations across the country and her work has been exhibited widely. She is a regular potter at Potters in Bristol, Burford Garden Centre Gallery, Little Buckland Gallery, Fresh Art at Cheltenham and Ascot racecourses, plus Brewery Arts in Cirencester. Her work is held in private collections across the UK.

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“I hadn't done anything like this before and you met everyone at their own skill level and took them forward. There is always an element of fear and a sense of vulnerability when taking on something creative like this, but thanks to you, I have now broken through that barrier.”

“I have a degree in fine art but haven’t worked with clay very often. This was a great workshop for building up confidence in handling it and establishing a good foundational knowledge of what’s possible. I now feel confident to go away, experiment further and express myself creatively.”

“I had a fantastic time, with a great group of people. Most hadn’t done anything like this before, but Jayne is brilliant at building up your confidence. When we got our bowls back, we were all blown away by how great they looked! A very rewarding and enjoyable experience and 3 beautiful bowls to show for it!”