Hand Built Ceramics


COURSE DATES: Thurdays, 22nd February – 21st March 2024

TUTOR: Adele Williams


TIMES: 2:00pm – 5:00pm


FEE: £200

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This exciting course will teach you how to get started in using clay and create your very own mini collection of ceramic wares, including mugs, bowls, plates and vases. You will also be able to create your own gifts and decorations.

Throughout the course you will learn core techniques such as coiling, pinching, slab building, as well as decorating methods, to make your bespoke finished wares. You will also have the opportunity to delve into more experimental forms, utilising your new skills to make sculptural objects.

This course is aimed at all levels of experience and offers a wonderful opportunity to try out a variety of hand building techniques. You will gain a solid understanding and methodology of building and working with clay to make your own creations.

Recommend booking by: February 8, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

Scrap book or sketchbook: In the period leading up to the course, collect pictures of things that appeal to you, including photos of textures, sketches or pictures of things you see, like sculptures, pots etc

Apron or work clothes

Plastic bags/large freezer bags work well for covering work in progress

Notebook for taking notes and keeping a record of how you did your work

Please bring old clothes or an apron as you may get messy!

The course cost includes one 12.5Kg bag of white earthenware clay (White St Thomas). If you wish to buy more clay, you will be able to do so during the course at the cost of £23 that includes the firing charge.

If you have any pottery tools (e.g. kidneys, wooden and metal tools, wires, whirlers, sponges, rolling pins etc) please bring them with you.

You will also be able to purchase some tools from the Art Academy shop throughout the course


Adele Williams runs ceramic courses and workshops at studios across London, and is also a studio potter creating work from Clay collective. Since setting up Clay Collective with a collective of makers in 2016, they have run workshops at Somerset House and Tate Modern.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.


Hand Built Ceramics, Short Courses