Pottery and ceramics

Practical glazing day with Alison Sandeman

Ref: S1D08879

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About this course

Come back and glaze pots you have made on one of our pottery courses and left behind for firing. Please leave at least four weeks after your making course before you book a glazing day.

Course Description

Please leave at least four weeks after your making course before you book a glazing day.

This is an intense and rewarding day aimed at all those who wish to glaze pieces that have already been biscuit fired.

A glazing day starts at 9.15am and finishes at 5pm. The main aim of the day is the application of glazes to pots or ceramic pieces. Glazing days are only for potters who have made work on previous pottery courses at the College and have work that has been left here for biscuit firing. The day is limited to 8 places.

You will be guided through the most efficient, which are often the easiest, techniques, and the tutor is on hand to support you through one to one tuition.

The following techniques will be taught:

1) Choosing the appropriate glaze for the clay and type of firing (electric or reduction gas kiln)

2) Waxing the foot rings and lids

3) Planning how to glaze a pot or ceramic piece

4) Pouring and dipping

5) Use of glazing tongs

6) Wax resist, and double dipping

7) Spraying (where appropriate)

8) Touching up finger marks and preparing for firing

9) Decorating with colouring oxides, ceramic under and over glaze colours

All glazing materials are provided.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Basic tools are provided in the pottery for use during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Clean apron
  • Chinese brushes (not essential)

Available to buy

  • Potter's knife
  • Sponge

Please note: once your work has been glazed and re-fired, it will be available for collection within six months.


Alison Sandeman

Alison Sandeman is a long-standing tutor at West Dean. She makes functional individual pieces in stoneware, porcelain and Raku. She has a special interest in outdoor firing techniques.

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