Making ceramic spoons with Elaine Bolt

Pottery and ceramics

Ref: S1D11385

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About this course

Learn basic hand building techniques in clay including pinching, coiling and slab rolling, to design and create your own spoons.

Course Description

This one-day spoon making course provides an opportunity to explore the delight to be found in making this everyday household item in clay, and the joy and versatility in working with the material.

You will be introduced to techniques for hand-building with clay to make spoons of your own design. The course aims to cover a variety of ways to make a spoon form, looking at how different ideas can be expressed and how different materials can work together.

You will have a chance to work with porcelain and other clays and examine their contrasting properties. You will explore various hand building methods including pinching, coiling, slab rolling, and joining using scoring and slipping techniques. You will also look at how you can use household items as spoon moulds.

The subjects covered and ideas shared aim to encourage and develop a set of skills and enthusiasm for continuing to make decorative items in clay

Your work will be fired for you and either left unglazed or glazed with a simple clear glaze finish.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The cost of clay/glazing materials and firing costs of work made – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • If you have any favourite spoons or utensils at home that you would like to bring as examples, or to use as a mould, you are encouraged to do so.
  • If you wish to take un-fired work home, it is important that you bring bubble wrap and a box or other suitable packaging to carry the pieces safely as the unfired clay will be very fragile.
  • An apron
  • Wear flat shoes with enclosed toes (no sandals, flip flops or high heels)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pottery tools
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 four 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. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Elaine Bolt

Elaine Bolt has an MA in Ceramics from UCA Farnham and has several years teaching experience. She works from her studio in Brighton where she also teaches throwing and handbuilding techniques. Elaine exhibits her work widely in galleries and specialist craft events across the UK.

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