Practical underglaze day with James Ort

Pottery and ceramics

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About this course

Underglaze your ceramic animals and sculptures made on one of James' courses and left behind for firing.

Course Description

Bring your ceramic animals and sculpture to life with wonderful underglazes. This course is for those who have made ceramic animals with James Ort and Alison Pink left behind for firing on a previous course at West Dean College, and offers the chance to underglaze your own pieces.

Underglazes are a great medium to decorate ceramics with. Unlike with traditional glazes that can entirely change colour after firings, with underglazes, what you see is basically what you get.

A morning demonstration by James will show you what he thinks works well. Over the course of the day he will touch on a few techniques. Then you will have the rest of the time to play and work out what works for you. James will be on hand to offer advice and guidance throughout.

You will learn:

1) An overview of underglazes and their properties

2) How to best apply the underglazes to smoothed and patterned clay surfaces

3) How a tiny bit of shiny glaze can bring your pieces to life - too much can kill it!

4) Which temperature to fire your underglazes to

5) Gluing breaks, covering cracks and repairing sculpture


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.
  • All glazing materials are provided.

What students need to bring

  • Clean apron
  • Chinese brushes (not essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Potter's knife
  • Sponge
Please Note: This glazing day is for students who have attended James's modelling course at the College and they will be given priority booking. Other students may attend if places remain four weeks before the course starts and are invited to bring a range of fired work for glazing with them. Please note: once your work has been glazed and re-fired, it must be collected within six months.


James Ort

Grandson to Ladybird Children's Book Illustrator Brian Price Thomas, James started creating from a young age and is inspired by nature. He began teaching over 5 years ago and teaches people of all ages. James exhibits his work at various shows, galleries and events including Art in Action in 2016.

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