Three-month residential ceramics course

Forest Row School of Ceramics will be running a ceramic development course from September this year. The three-month, full-time residential course is aimed at new potters who want to discover and develop their identity as ceramicists, their distinct style and preferred materials. The course will give aspiring potters the time, space, materials and equipment to really explore new processes in the development of their work and style, and give them the confidence and skills needed to set up their own studio and to exhibit and sell their work.

Katrina Pechal

Katrina Pechal, owner of the Forest Row School of Ceramics, is running the 3-month residential course, which starts in September.


Maximum number of students: 8
Course dates: Monday 3 September – 30 November 2018
Half term: 22 – 26 October.
Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Supported learning hours: 12 hours a week, mostly mornings
Private study hours: 17 hours a week

Total expected study hours a week: 30 hours, although students will have access the studio day and night and can manage their own time

Fees: £3,000 plus materials, which will be calculated as used

Accommodation costs are not included. For details, contact Emerson:


Students will learn from a team of practising ceramicists, including visiting, internationally-renowned potters such as:
Ashraf Hanna – working with slabs and coils

Stephen Parry – on the wheel, making large-scale pots in sections

Linda Bloomfield – on glaze technology

Ruthanne Tudball – on throwing with expression and soda firing

Lesley Mclnally – on surface colour and texture

As practitioners, all the lecturers understand both the problems surrounding the creative process, and what it takes to become a successful artist. They will be able to support you professionally with marketing, pricing, finance and social media. Promotional skills, including lighting and photographing your work, will also be taught.

The course is not yet accredited, but graduates will be presented with a certificate of completion from the School, including a summary of their particular discoveries and experience.

Gallery owners, collectors, and the press will be invited to the end of course show, which will be an important opportunity for each graduate to receive feedback, make contacts, sell their work and take commissions.



  • Deadline for application is 28 May, 2018
  • Application forms can be downloaded from the website (
  • Applicants should have a strong collection of ceramic pieces, sketchbooks and any supporting material. They should show a passion and commitment to following a career in Ceramics.
  • All applicants will be contacted by early June
  • Interviews will be here at the school or via skype and successful applicants will be informed by mid-July



Accommodation is on campus, allowing students to fully immerse themselves in their journey with clay. Access to the studio will be available at all times. Students can choose to stay late and work at weekends, and will learn from each other in a vibrant community of potters.

Please see the Emerson website for more details and booking.



Contact information

Forest Row School of Ceramics
Forest Row, East Sussex
RH18 5JX
Phone: 0789 444 7938

Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex
RH18 5JX
Phone: 01342 827955