Pottery and ceramics

Sculpting in clay inspired by nature with Kaori Tatebayashi

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About this course

Develop and challenge your sculpting skills by experimenting with various forming techniques. You will create a large vessel as a blank canvas to decorate taking inspiration from West Dean Gardens. Explore how to form intricate shapes and expand your skills, gaining a wider range of expression with clay.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to make you challenge your ability of sculpting and understand clay's advantages and disadvantages. Develop your sculpting skill by experimenting with various forming techniques depending on the shape you want to achieve. Create a large vessel as a blank canvas and decorate it with a range of three dimension clay forms and objects of your choice, taking inspiration from the gardens at West Dean.

By forming various, possibly intricate shapes with success and failure, you will learn to choose the suitable method for each desirable shape you want to create. By gaining sculpting skill, you will have a wider range of expression with clay.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes all clay, glazing and firing costs - large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Camera (optional)

Available to buy

  • Sketch books
  • Pen and pencils
  • Ink and brushes
  • Modelling 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 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.


Kaori Tatebayashi

Kaori is originated from an Arita ware merchandising family in Japan. She studied BA and MA in ceramics at University in Kyoto and was an exchange scholar at RCA in 1996.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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