CCPS COURSE IN CLAY Term 3 2022 Wheel & Hand Building- Thursdays 5.30- 8pm

CCPS COURSE IN CLAY Term 3 2022 Wheel & Hand Building- Thursdays 5.30- 8pm

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Central Coast Potters Society

10a Russell Drysdale Street

East Gosford, NSW 2250


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Wheel & Hand Building - Beginners & Intermediate with Jeltje Jansen-Buijtendorp 8 weeks

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Term 3 - Mixed Hand Building & Wheel Throwing

Beginners & Intermediate with Jeltje-Buijtendorp

Thursdays - 5.30 to 8 pm

8 week course

Minimum 7/ maximum 10 students per course

Please read the CCPS Cancellation Policy carefully, prior to making your booking - also in FAQs below.

TEACHER PROFILE: Jeltje Jansen-Buijtendorp

I have been working with ceramics since high school and was reintroduced to it in 2010 when I joined a course at the local community college. After that I was hooked again and applied for the ceramics course at Hornsby TAFE. Unfortunately, the re-organisation of the TAFE system signalled the end of that learning path for me and I decided to invest in my own studio. Since then, I have been working from my small backyard studio, creating mostly functional items for everyday use.

Working with clay is always very satisfying - from the meditative serenity of throwing on the wheel, the structural possibilities of building with slaps to the science of slip casting. I love to play with different clays, colours, textures, and techniques - aiming to create individual handcrafted items that can be mixed and matched as the mood inspires.

I look forward helping my students explore the beauty of clay and to assist them in achieving the best possible result.


Students of differing levels of expertise will be accommodated within this class, making their term of using clay an enjoyable experience.

Bring along own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.

Week 1 Overview of the course, introduction to clay and the ceramic process, main tools and their uses, clay preparation techniques (wedging), intro to pinching and coiling techniques. Prepare some sample tiles.

Week 2 Press molds and Slab building with impressed textures.

Week 3 Refresher on preparation of clay to assist with intro to wheel forming – starting with how to centre clay on the wheel, demonstrations on ‘opening out’ and ‘pulling up’, compressing bases – aiming to create cylindrical forms on the wheel.

Week 4 Decorating techniques for leather hard vessels and demonstration on turning/trimming leather hard pots, turn/trim and finishing techniques for hand build forms. First intro to glazes, preparing test tiles and demonstration of glaze applications. Prepare for bisque.

Week 5 Continue making and concentrate on refining forms. Prepare for bisque.

Week 6 Learning about and applying decorative techniques, liquid underglaze colours and possible use of tissue transfers. Discussion of glazes based on sample tiles. Last day to build

Break Week

Week 7 Finish works, students apply glazes to all their work for final firing.

Week 8 Finalise glazing of works.


On completing this course, you will have developed skills in:

• making a pinch pot;

• rolling clay slabs and making a cylinder;

• knowing a variety of clay bodies;

• creating textured surfaces using stamps and impressions;

• making coils and creating a coil-built form;

• wedging and weighing clay;

• centring clay on the wheel and opening and forming a vessel;

• trimming a thrown pot;

• introduction to kilns and different glaze applications, decorating techniques.

Please read the CCPS Cancellation Policy carefully, prior to making your booking - also in FAQs below.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of on and off-street parking. However, we are located near several schools and when they have events, there can sometimes be difficulty finding a park close by. Please ensure you park legally to avoid a Council parking infringement.

What can I bring into the event?

Please refer to the list in your welcome email.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries, please contact the Education Manager via

What's the cancellation policy?


Central Coast Potters Society (CCPS) courses are subject to the CCPS Cancellation Policy.

Read the CCPS Cancellation Policy carefully, prior to making your booking.

When booking and paying for a course with CCPS, please consider the following:

  1. It takes considerable preparation and organisation by unpaid CCPS volunteers, to present course options and process payments. Choose carefully;
  2. Bookings are final and non-transferable to other dates;
  3. Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to a course commencing can be made through Eventbrite by the attendee;
  4. Cancellations made up to 4 days prior to a course commencing must be made by contacting the Education Manager via An administration charge of $60 will apply in this instance;
  5. Cancellations made less than 4 days prior to a course commencing are non-refundable, unless another attendee can take your place;
  6. Bookings may be transferred to a friend. It is your responsibility to transfer funds between yourself and your friend. Notify the Education Manager of this change via, with the new attendee’s name, email address and phone number;
  7. Partial or full non-attendance at a course will result in forfeiture of fees paid.

While CCPS recognises there are occasions when cancellation is unavoidable, requests for a full refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The CCPS Management Committee may consider a written appeal where extenuating circumstances exist. Such an appeal must be addressed to the Education Manager via

If CCPS must cancel a course, or move a course date, we will endeavour to notify enrolled attendees a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course commencing. Attendees affected will have the option of booking into a different course (course fees may vary), or a full refund.

Before committing to attend a course, CCPS requests that members & non-members carefully consider their commitment to attend.

CCPS Management Committee

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need it. We will have all the details.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your contact details. Please email the Education Manager via

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

Yes, please refer to the CCPS Cancellation Policy above.

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We would prefer you provide us with the correct attendee details.

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