Clementina van der Walt: Masterclass

Clementina van der Walt

Clementina van der Walt

1 Day Talk & Practical Workshop

Make your own anthropomorphic figure with a functional or contemplative dimension.

All welcome: anyone with, or without ceramic skills will find this course enjoyable and accessible. Beginners and experienced makers alike are welcomed.  Though technical skills are helpful, beginners can make expressive and cogent work.

Date: Wednesday 3 October 2018, 10am-4pm
Maximum students: 8
Cost: £75.


This masterclass forms part of Clementina's residency at Leach Pottery.  You will learn about historical concepts in various world cultures such as African tribal, Pre-Columbian, Japanese Haniwa, and some modern and contemporary art works. You will then make and decorate an anthropomorphic figure - it may have a functional dimension such as a candlestick, salt pot or lidded jar.  

Handwork is a very different experience from throwing pots: it is about imaginative structure. Clementina will teach reductive methods like cutting and carving, and additive methods like pinching and coiling .

Work will be glazed and fired at a later date. Collection of the pieces will be possible about 4-6 weeks after the workshop or they can be posted (p&p extra).

Works made by Clementina on her last visit to the Leach Pottery

Works made by Clementina on her last visit to the Leach Pottery


  • 10-11am Presentation and discussion around inspiration

  • 11-11:30am: Tea break

  • 11:30-12:30pm: Making

  • 12.45-13.30pm: Lunch break

  • 13:30-16:00pm: Making and decorating.

The Leach Pottery Provides

  • Tools and materials

  • A bisque firing and a final glaze firing

  • Underglaze colours for surface decoration and detail.

 Please Provide

  • A packed lunch (we provide tea & coffee)

  • Any tools you may have, a towel, pencil and paper, and short fingernails!