Handbuilt Pottery Techniques and Projects

Create clay pottery and various other objects using hand building techniques.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

This course teaches you the hand building techniques for making objects/pots with clay.

If you are creative minded person who likes to make different things and likes to learn new techniques for giving life to your ideas, this course is for you.

We use clay and some very basic hand tools in this course and it means you don't have to buy any expensive equipment.

All the lectures in this course are delivered in HD video format and you'll be able to see how exactly I make things using clay.

This course is perfect for you if

  • You are person wanting to make different things using your creative imagination or
  • A student looking to increase your understanding of clay as a material or
  • You are interested in clay-mation or
  • You are a budding sculptor or a pottery artist or
  • A home maker wanting to make good use of time or
  • Someone who just wants to have some creative fun
Interest in learning something new is the only pre-requisite for joining this course.

I am working on adding some more lectures about animal sculpture and masks making. You'll get an email update when I upload those lectures.

So, hop on and let your creative journey begin!

What are the requirements?

  • Eagerness to learn is the only prerequisite

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create clay pottery using three easy hand building techniques.
  • Give interesting textures to your objects
  • Create animals sculptures with ease

Who is the target audience?

  • All who want to increase your understanding of clay as a sculptural material
  • Everyone who wants to make different things using your creative imagination
  • All who are interested in animation, Sculpture or Pottery
  • Even if you are a home maker who wants to make creative use of your time
  • Someone who just want to have some creative fun

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this video you'll learn about the course overview and my background as an artist and an art instructor.

Section 2: Materials and tools
4 pages

Read this to know details about the materials and tools used in this course.

Section 3: Pinching technique

This is the start of the pinch pot. We see how we should position our fingers to achieve the depth required.


In this video we see how two pinched bowls can be joined together to form a sphere.


In this video we see how to turn the hollow sphere into a pot complete with it's collar.

Section 4: Coil technique

How to make a coil and start building a pot.


Completing the pot and deciding the size of the mouth of the pot as per the pot's application.

Section 5: Slab technique

Making a slab from clay using a rolling pin or a piece of pipe.


Using a template to cut the slab into pieces required for making the cuboid pot.


Scoring and assembling the sides of the cuboid.


Completing the assembly part and finishing the exterior.


Adding coil in corners for extra strength and example of a Rooster shaped pot made using slab technique.

Section 6: Scooping Technique

Making the cuboid, adding texture, cutting it with wire and start scooping the clay.


Scoop out all unwanted clay and add lid retainer.


Adding finishing touches to the box.

Quiz about the hand building techniques
2 questions
Section 7: Texturing

Make the slab, add texture using a cloth, join the ends and make legs for the pot.


Make the pot bulge from inside and start making of the lid using pinch pot technique.


Add texture to the lid, add a handle to it and add final touches to it.

Section 8: Animal sculptures

Make the body and the head shape of the hare.


Add hind legs, ears and eyes to the hare sculpture.


Use the pinch pot technique to make shell and the coiling technique to make the legs, head and tail of the tortoise.


Add texture to the tortoise shell with a piece of cloth and a tool.


Make the mouth and eyes of tortoise.

Section 9: Summary
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Mandar Marathe, Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer

I am a Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer based at Pune, India. I do paintings, sculptures, illustrations and conduct art workshops.

Till now, I have had 12 shows of my paintings and taught about 1000+ students in my art workshops (drawing & sketching, acrylic & oil painting and Ganapati idol making / clay modelling)

I have been doing painting and clay modelling since last 30 years and have been teaching it since last 6 years. In addition to my in-studio workshops, I create online courses through which I can teach people anywhere in the world.


2013 • 16th Jan to 23rd Jan 2013: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy II" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.

2011 • 11th to 20th Dec 2011: Solo show held at Grubshup restaurant, Pune.
• 28th September to 4th October 2011: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.
2010 • 30th May to 12th June 2010: “Artfest 2010 – Summer", a group show by Indiaart at Empress Garden and Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2009 • 4th to 10th June 2009: Solo exhibition held at Indiaart Gallery, Pune. This exhibition featured 41 Oil and acrylic color paintings.
2007 • April 2007: 3 day workshop held by Art2Day gallery at Harne near Dapoli and group show held at the Art2Day gallery in Pune.
• 29th July to 4th August 2007: Participated in “Affordable Art" group show held at Indiaart gallery, Pune.
2005 • March 2005: Participated in a group show held by Anantrang Art Foundation at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2003 • Participated in a group show held by Indian Maritime Association at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
1999 • 15th to 17th May 1999: Solo exhibition held at Siemens Ltd., Goa. This exhibition featured 21 Oil and water color paintings.
• 17th November to 7th December 1999: Solo exhibition held at “Galeria de Bellas Artes" at Calangute, Goa.

Workshops conducted:

Eco friendly Ganapati idol making workshops

42 batches in my studio from 2011 – 2015 period
11 batches conducted in IT companies and schools in Pune and Mumbai

Clay modeling workshops
6 batches conducted in my studio

Portrait sculpture workshop
1 batch conducted in my studio under guidance of my Guru, Mr. C. G. Joshi

Drawing and Sketching workshops
2 batches conducted in two IT companies

Acrylic painting workshops
3 batches conducted in my studio

Oil painting Workshops
4 batches conducted in my studio

Corporate Collections of my paintings:
1. Siemens Ltd, Goa
2. L & T Infotech Ltd, Pune
3. Infosys BPO Ltd, Pune

Private Collections of my paintings:
1. Mrs. & Mr. Sitzmann, Greece
2. Mr. Simon, Nigeria
3. Mrs. & Mr. Nielsen, USA
4. Ms. Godbole, Pune
5. Mrs. & Mr. Phadke, Pune
6. Mrs. & Mr. Umarani, Pune
7. Mrs. & Mr. Joshi, Pune
8. Mrs. and Mr. Pethkar, Pune
9. Mr. Kudal, Pune
10. Dr. Prayag, Pune
11. Mr. Desai, UK

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