Ceramic Workshops in November 2023


It’s time for Touching Clay! This November there are four different subjects to be explored:

  1. Plant Pots with Stamps and Imprints
  2. Colourful Jars with Lids
  3. Clay Meditation & Creating a Treasure Box
  4. Sculpting the Human Body

Each workshop is self-contained and you can attend one or two or all of them. Make sure that if there are two dates for one subject you are able to participate on both days in order to finish your pieces of pottery.


1. Beautiful decorated plant pots…

…for your garden, terrace and indoor spaces.

Before we put the parts (bottom, sides, feet etc.) together we make decorative imprints with stamps or whatever can be used as stamps such as flowers, leaves, textiles, buttons, pen lids, just anything you can think of.

These pots will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay and for a more contrasty effect I will treat them after the first firing either with a white or a dark colour (as you prefer) before firing them the second time with transparent glaze on the inside if you wish.

5/11/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.

Here you find a variety of plant pots that we made in past workshops.


2. Colourful Jars with Lids

For organizing small things with a personal touch. A jar to store your jewellery, a jar to put cookies, chocolates or to present nuts or olives on a table.

There are many possibilities of different shapes and colours to design your own unique jar. I will show and explain step by step an easy way for beginners and also more advanced ways. On the first day we build and form the jars and the lids and on the following class we give our pieces a colourful coating with engobes which have to be put on before the first firing. After the firing I will glaze them with shiny or matt transparent glaze, whatever you decide for each of your pieces, and then fire them a second time.

11/11/2023 Saturday,   10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.
18/11/2023 Saturday, 10:00-13:00 painting our pieces before they get fired and glazed.

Get an idea from the photo gallery here.


3. Clay Meditation & Creating your unique Treasure Box

This half day ceramic workshop is for anybody who likes to experience the beauty and magic of the natural material clay. If it’s your first time touching clay or not doesn’t matter – there is something in it for everyone.

The four hours consist of three parts:

  • Experiencing the material clay in a playful way
  • Clay Meditation
  • Creating your own little unique Treasure Box

Your Treasure Box will be fired and glazed with a transparent glaze inside. It will stay in the terracotta colour of the fired clay with a whitish wash.

25/11/2023 Saturday, 9:30-13:30


4. Sculpting the Human Body

This workshop is devoted to sculpting. After a short study of proportions of the human body and some examples of different kinds of sculptures we shape and model our own figure. This is quite an open field from very realistic to completely abstract.
My intention is to help everyone find an idea, a pose and a way to sculpt a figure that suits his/her abilities and tastes and to support putting it into practice.

The finished sculptures will be dried and fired and will get that typical terracotta colour of the fired clay.

26/11/2023 Sunday, 10:00-17:00 with a break for lunch which I will provide.


For all workshops:

  • All the necessary materials (clay, coatings, glazes, engobes etc) as well as the firing and lunch are provided.
  • No previous knowledge in pottery is necessary.
  • As soon as your objects are ready I will contact you so you can come and pick them up from my atelier.
  • For any questions or registration call me at 697 422 11 51 or write an email to schnyder.barbara@gmail.com.