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Clay Foundations Handbuilding

Sunday course overview with Erin Kocaj

This course teaches all the basic clay techniques for handbuilding and glazing.


26 July 2020


This class over a 9 week term 




Workshop 1


Max 12 students





This Term Three class is held on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 5.00pm for nine weeks. Starts Sunday 26 July and finishes on Sunday 20 September 2020.

For this course you will need:

Your toolkit, an apron, an old towel, a microfibre cloth or handtowel, a sponge and a notebook/art journal or your ideas. Clay and tools are available for purchase during class or at the shop.

Throughout the course Erin will help you to explore:

  • source material: the art and necessity of looking and recording (digital/drawing/painting)
  • scale and form (developing an idea, complex curves, energy lines).
  • The focus of the course is on developing your skills and understanding of the three basic forms of handbuilding: pinching, coiling and slab building. You will learn techniques for making refined, strong and resolved pots and or sculptures of your own design. If you are seeking inspiration and guidance to develop your personal style, Erin will guide you through a series of structured activities to bring your ideas to life. If you are already full of ideas, she will provide you with the technical knowledge and skills needed for you to achieve your goals.

About the teacher

Erin Kocaj was first involved with Canberra Potters in her school years, taking classes during college with the aim of getting into art school. After graduating with Honours in Ceramics from the ANU School of Art in 2011, she joined the Canberra Potters teaching staff in 2016. During this time, she also initiated ‘Claybodies’- a group of local ceramic artists who support, showcase and celebrate ceramics in the community through discussion groups, exhibitions and workshops.
As an artist she likes to make highly patterned objects, both functional and non-functional. Her works are recognisable by their linear pattern and references to nature that she employs. The quality of the linear pattern can be organic or constructed; often she places the two alongside each other in a contrastive display of balance and tension.

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