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You'll find below an overview of the main techniques used in hand-building. Pottery is hugely diverse and you will be constantly learning, this should help you decide where to start.

When you become a member of Make North you will have access to full length video tutorials as well as in-person classes, glazing, firing and our facilties.


Slabs can be rolled to any thickness, this is partly aesthetic, partly functional, it's about judging what's possible with the clay and what's needed for the size of your build.

You can work with slabs when they're soft, as shown above, or you can wait for the slab to become firm so you can construct with it.


Pinching is  a great immediate process and can be combined with coiling to produce larger pots.


A pinch pot or slab is often used when starting to coil a vessel.


This is often the most important stage and can make a huge difference to how 'professional' a peice looks.


Slips and Underglazes

Slips and Underglazes are made predominantly from clay & stain and a clear glaze is often applied on top.

Decorating Unfired Work

One of the benefits of applying slips or underglazes to 'green' ware is that you can scratch back into them, as shown here.

Underglazes on Bisque

One of the benefits of applying underglaze to 'bisque' ware is that you can combine it with wax resist.


Glazes are more similar to glass than clay, they have a high proportion of melting agents like Silica. Glazes can be painted or dipped and they often dramatically change colour when fired.

Painting Glazes

Dipping Glazes

Dipping Glazes

If you would like your work dip-glazed you can attend a free glazing session.

Texture and Glazes

More Texture

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