Early Fee

Coils, Coils, Coils: Introduction to Handbuilding Techniques


ON-CAMPUS: 29 April – 24 June 2023, Saturdays 10am-2pm . Early Fee ends 20 March 2023
Alexandra Standen

Transform lumps of clay into unique, hand-built vessels and sculptural forms with faster and more forgiving coiling and pinch techniques. Learn how to hand-build efficiently and develop the confidence to push the ceramics form to the create beautiful clay objects.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

16 Available

Full Details

Term: Term Two 2022
Start Date: 29 April 2023
End Date: 24 June 2023
Day: Saturdays
Time: 10am – 2pm
Number of classes: 8

Teacher: Alexandra Standen
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $980.00
Early Fee: $880.00
Concession Fee: $930.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

Learn the skills to transform lumps of clay into unique, hand-built vessels and sculptural forms in this exciting two-day workshop. Hand building can be very labour intensive; and in this class Alexandra Standen teaches faster and more forgiving coiling and pinch techniques to achieve larger and more detailed ceramic forms. Knowing when the clay can support itself and when it needs to harden slightly before adding another coil is an important skill to harness, as well as how to slow dry your work to prevent cracks while also working relatively quickly. Alexandra guides you to hand-build efficiently and develop the confidence to push your forms to the create unique and beautiful clay objects.

All clay is provided, and selected pieces will be bisque fired in the NAS kilns after the workshop, and we will notify you when they are ready for pick up. Glazing courses are available in other short courses programs.

The workshop is held in conjunction with the NAS Centenary celebrations, and you’ll have the opportunity to view the exhibition Captivate shown in the NAS Galleries.

*Short courses and weekend workshops are open to students of ages 16 years and over. For students under 16 years of age there are School Holiday Workshops, Art Club and other youth art programs.

Lecturer Profile

Alexandra’s art practice is based within the ceramics tradition and engages with fine art practices and mediums. She graduated with an Honours degree from NAS in 2011 and completed her Master of Fine Arts, Research at University of NSW Art and Design in 2018. Alexandra has exhibited extensively in Australia and was an artist-in-residence at the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris, France, and other international residencies in Israel, Istanbul and Switzerland. She has worked in the indigenous art centers Titjikala, Northern Territory and Tjala Arts, APY Lands, and teaches ceramics in the tertiary education sector, in degree and short course programs

Art Materials

Towel, covered shoes, protective clothes (old shirt or apron)


Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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