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Japanese inspired ‘Pail’ Vessels
Course Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Category: China & Ceramics
Price: £80


Ceramic and wood brought together to form these simple, yet sophisticated vessels, inspired by the Japanese Water Pails, miso baketsu. This is a handbuilding workshop, which will also experiment with vitreous slips.

Further Detail

We will use straightforward pottery skills to form a small and a larger ‘Pail’ Vessel – using soft slabs for the small and coiling for the larger.  For colour we will apply vitreous slips to the ‘Pails’. Maximum height for the ‘Pails’ will be 13inches / 33cm.

The vessels will be left with the tutor for firing and will be available for collection from Ardington School of Crafts approx 3-4 weeks following the course. Pieces can also be posted directly to students for additional cost. Alternatively students may take their pieces home directly.

Skills/Techniques Covered



Slab building, including use of templates

Joining sections of clay & blending/ securing seams

Shaping forms

Applying slips

Using textures a decorative technique


This course is designed for a range of abilities includind beginners


Materials are not included in your course fee. 

All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £18.00, payable to the tutor during the course.

Firings - £20 

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below. 

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

Sketchbook / Notebook & writing equipment


Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty

Pieces of driftwood / sticks for handles (we will not be fitting these today)

We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

Tutor Profile

Debbie Page has been making pots for many years and has a City & Guilds Diploma in Creative Ceramics.  Her main making method is handbuilding and she enjoys exploring different surface finishes, using slips, glazes and smoke.  

Debbie is a proud and active member of both the West Forest Potters Group and the Oxfordshire Craft Guild. She regularly takes part in open studio and arts trails, including the Oxfordshire Arts Week.  She was very proud to be accepted at the first attempt to the last ever Art in Action in 2016. She has been teaching pottery for approx 10 years and holds a City & Guilds teaching qualification in the life long learning sector.


When not making pots or teaching pottery, she also practises and teaches T’ai Chi.


Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.