Six Week Handbuilding Course – at my studio


Tuesday afternoons 3.30-6pm – from 3 September 2024 and from 5 November 2024

Weekly small-group sessions with specialist guidance from Elaine in working with porcelain and stoneware.

The group will be no more than 4 people

Scroll down to see further details given below, but please do contact me if you’d like to find out more.


Weekly small-group sessions with specialist guidance from Elaine in working with porcelain and stoneware. 

The group will be no more than 4 people


Tuesday afternoon 3.30-6pm

In a block of six-weeks

3 September to 8 October 


5 November to 17 December (not 19th Nov)


My studio is a beautiful old converted barn on the edge of Ditchling Common.

The studio has on-site parking and can be reached easily from Ditchling and Burgess Hill by bike or car.

Find me at:

Pollards Farm Cottage, Ditchling Road, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0SE

How much  

£300 per person for a block of six sessions each 2.5hrs long

The cost includes clay, glazes and firings *

What will we do 

I will demonstrate techniques as well as guiding you in what you’d like to make. The sessions will be tailored to you as much as possible. Techniques can include slab building, coiling, pinching, decorating with slips, glazing and using oxides, alongside more advanced options such as colouring clay and using mixed media.

The focus of the sessions will be on hand-building. Separate sessions are available to book for throwing if you would like to try that. 

There will be a stool available for each of you around a central workbench for demonstrations and for working on hand-building projects.

In the sessions you will be able to bring your own ideas and projects but an example of other topics we can look at include the following:

          • making spoons and plates
          • making pinched and coiled cup with a handle
          • Making platters and wall plaques
          • colouring and mixing clay
          • building with hard slabs
          • working with mixed media and found objects
          • finishing and glazing your work 

Clays and glazes available:

• Porcelain

• Stoneware

• Coloured slips and oxides

• A satin opaque glaze and a transparent glaze

* Very large pieces and/or large quantities of work made may have to be charged a little extra if necessary. This will need to be discussed with me during the sessions.


All firings will be to 1270c in my electric kiln and I will fire the work for you.

Items made during the six week course will be fired for you. Finished work will need to be biscuit fired in week five (if sufficiently dry) and you can glaze them (if required) in week six. Alternatively, where further 6-week courses are available, you can carry on to follow-on classes and continue making.

All fired work will be available to be collected from the studio within six weeks of the end of the course. A collection day, when you can all meet up to see each others finished pieces, will be arranged.


If you need to cancel, some cancellation fees are necessary as it is rarely possible for me to fill the space at short notice.

See pdf below for full terms and conditions

ESBolt Handbuilding course Sept 2024



Starting 5 September 2024, Starting 7 November 2024

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