courses and workshops

Details of courses and teaching sessions

In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt photographed by Alun Callender
In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt (photography by Alun Callender)


Working with clay; make a spoon, plate and cup – at Ditchling Museum (Sold Out)

Date: Saturday 24 August 2019

Location: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Make ceramic spoons – a taster day

One day workshop at West Dean College

Learn basic hand building techniques in clay including pinching, coiling and slab rolling, to design and create your own porcelain spoons.

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019

Location:  West Dean College

Elaine Bolt - Spindle Spoons
Spindle Spoons by Elaine Bolt

Ceramics with found objects – at West Dean College

Explore techniques with clay and found materials to form ceramic and mixed media assemblages. You will be encouraged to develop expressive work through experimenting and combining materials.

Dates: 28 February 2020 to 1 March 2020

Location: West Dean College

Ceramics and Mixed Media objects by Elaine Bolt (photograph: Yeshen Venema)
Ceramics and Mixed Media objects by Elaine Bolt (photograph: Yeshen Venema)

Throwing or making with Porcelain – taster day

Try throwing with porcelain or discover hand-building techniques at my Brighton workshop. A taster day runs from 10am – 4pm (or half days 10am – 1pm) on Thursdays or Saturdays.

The day’s session will cover throwing with porcelain on the potter’s wheel; including basic techniques of clay preparation, centring on the wheel, throwing a cylinder. Follow-up or advanced sessions can include turning/trimming vessels and adding handles.

Tailored hand-building sessions can include slab-building and coiling techniques in porcelain and stoneware.

The sessions are designed as taster days for beginners and those new to porcelain, or for those wishing to improve their existing skills.

Sessions will be held at Elaine Bolt’s ceramic workshop at Atelier 51, Providence Place Brighton, East Sussex. Any finished pieces will be glazed and fired separately by Elaine at a later date, using simple glazes in use at the studio. Finished pieces can be collected 8-10 weeks after the workshop date.

You will need to wear clothes you don’t mind getting splatted with clay(!) and sensible shoes.

Price includes all firing and glazing of the pieces you make. Tea and biscuits are  provided and available throughout the day. Lunch can be bought from local cafes or you can bring lunch and eat with me at the studio.

Taster day:
£170 for a one-to-one taster day
£150 each for a throwing taster day for two people
£120 each for a day hand-building with porcelain for three to four people

Morning taster workshop:
£90 for a one-to-one morning session
£80 each for a throwing morning session for two people
£65 each for a hand-building session for three to four people

LEVEL: Complete Beginners, Intermediate, or advanced
LOCATION: Atelier 51, Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE

Dates: contact me to find out about current availability


Elaine Bolt throwing with porcelain (image by Alun Callender)
Elaine Bolt throwing with porcelain (photography by Alun Callender)