Pottery and ceramics

Ceramics with coloured slips with Jane Abbott

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About this course

Build simple forms from rolled slabs of clay. Using coloured slips decorate these with a variety of techniques including brushwork, printing, inlay, marbling, scraffito and feathering.

Course Description

We will be using a variety of techniques to apply coloured slip including brushwork, sponging, pouring, printing, inlay, marbling, paper resist, scraffito and feathering.

The aim is for you to gain confidence in your choice of surface decoration, something which can be helped through inspiring you with a range of reference materials, and then showing you how to experiment and apply your own ideas effectively.

Once your clay work has become leather hard you will choose which techniques to use in order to enhance your work.

You will leave understanding the basics of how to make your own coloured slips using stains and oxides, how to build simple forms from rolled slabs of clay along with how to apply coloured slips using different techniques in order to enhance your work.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All clay, glazing and firing costs (large work in size and quantity may be charged extra).
  • All clay and pottery tools and equipment will be available for use in the pottery on the day.

What students need to bring

  • Overall or apron
  • Cardboard boxes for taking work away

Available to buy

  • Pottery tools
  • Natural sponges
  • Brushes

Firing and Glazing options:

1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months.

2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing 4 weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months.

3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.


Jane Abbott

Jane Trained at Brighton and Goldsmiths in the 70s. She has been making and teaching ever since. Ceramic Review commented on her dedication to teaching. Her work is mostly shown at Rye Gallery, in Suffolk and in Brighton; in November 2015 she will be at 'MADE' in Brighton. Her recent residency at Portsmouth Grammar School prepared the teachers to deliver Ceramics within the curriculum.

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