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Introduction to Surface Decoration

Friday mornings
6-week pottery course

Make your mark in this weekly 6-part pottery course designed to give you a grounding in colour and surface decoration.

You will learn

This course focuses on techniques used to create decorative surfaces on clay.

From creating your own tools for mark making to learning about the difference between underglazes and slips, you will combine techniques and create a range of test tiles across the 6 weeks. After experimenting and finding your unique artistic voice, you will have the opportunity to create a final decorative platter showcasing your new skills.

Techniques covered include:

Underglaze transfers
Mono and gelli printing
Slip trailing
Creating your own stamps and brushes

You will need

This session is perfect for complete beginners and those who have attended any of our other introductory courses.

We recommend trimming long nails prior to the session, removing any jewellery, and tying back long hair.

Additional information

This pottery course takes place over 6 consecutive weeks starting on your booked date.

Sessions take place on Friday mornings 10am – 12.30pm.

The course cost includes all materials, tools and clay, plus glazing and firing of your finished pieces.


Ruth Waller making a basket

Ruth Waller

This course is taught by Ruth Waller.

Ruth is half of the creative partnership Waller Hewett. Waller Hewett creates artwork and installations which combine art, design and craft, and has won them numerous awards including ‘Best in Show’ at the London Craft Fair.

She is a highly experienced tutor and teaches across the Harley Foundation’s education programme.

Image courtesy Ben Boswell

Booking Information

6-week course starting 7 June

Friday mornings 10am – 12.30pm



This event is partially funded by Inspire: Libraries, Museums and Culture.

All participants are required to complete a short registration form on booking.

When attending this event, please drive directly to The Harley Pottery Studio.

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