Creating Your First Ceramic Vessel

A course by Lilly Maetzig
Ceramist. Londres, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 03/11/2020
, Ceramist

Learn the entire process of working with clay at home, from the initial design to the final glaze

  • 533 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Creating Your First Ceramic Vessel

Learn the entire process of working with clay at home, from the initial design to the final glaze

  • 533 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (3h 41m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

The objects we use throughout our day to day have the power to create a more enjoyable experience every time we use them. It’s the coffee mug you use in the morning, the vase for your flowers, or the pot that keeps your tea warm. Now, imagine making your own original ceramic object, without leaving the house. If you’ve visualized it, Lilly can help you materialize it in this course. With over ten years of experience creating bespoke objects for her brand Mäe Ceramics, she shows you her easy-to-follow method for creating your own ceramic vessel.

Learn how to mold clay, use the tools, create your unique design, and build your object. Discover the firing process, how to use glaze to enhance your work, and decorate your home with handmade ceramic objects. Are you ready to discover the meditative art of ceramics?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. An Introduction to Clay and Ceramics
  • U3
    U3. Final Make: Vessel
  • U4
    U4. Finishing
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Lilly, discover how she got into ceramics, and why she fell in love with sculpting unique objects. Learn how ceramics, fashion, nature, and architecture inspire her work before getting a brief overview of what you’ll do in the course.

Start the course by setting up your home workspace and going through the tools you’ll be using to create your project. Learn about the main types of clay, what each one is best used for, and how to prepare your clay. Understand how pots are made by making a basic pinch pot, a coil pot, and a slab pot.

Next, it’s time to get to work on your final project! See Lilly’s method for defining the design of your vessel, including how to draw shapes and create templates. Prepare your clay and see how to cut out shapes. Using Lilly’s guidance, assemble your vessel step by step and add adornments until you are happy with the result.

See the best way to transport your vessel for firing and learn about the stages that clay goes through before becoming ceramic. See how to apply a glaze to your bisque vessel and fire it once more to discover your finished ceramic piece! Finish the course with Lilly’s tips on how to recycle your clay scraps.

What is this course's project?

Design and make a flat-slab ceramic vessel or vase with clay.

Who is it for?

This course is for those who want to learn how to create custom objects at home. No previous experience is necessary to take this course, as Lilly starts with the basics. Those with some experience in working with clay will learn new techniques to implement in their work.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary.

As for materials, you’ll need 2-5kg of clay (ideally stoneware or earthenware), a rolling pin, some guides (like flat sticks of wood or magazines), a knife, a wooden knife tool, a potters pin, rubber, metal or wooden kidneys, or old credit cards, a ruler, a paintbrush, sponges (some which can be cut up or have sharp edges for detail work), a bowl of water, pens, pencils, paper, scissors, a wire to cut the clay, an extra board to work on, and plastic sheets (plastic bags, cling film, or other).

Optional tools: a scoring tool, a water spray bottle, ceramic glaze, a measuring jug, a large bowl, and a mixing brush.

Lilly Maetzig

A course by Lilly Maetzig


Lilly Maetzig is a ceramist from New Zealand who is based in London. After experimenting with clay in art school, Lilly decided to further her pottery skills with classes and has been sculpting ever since.

Lilly founded her own ceramics brand Mäe Ceramics in 2016. Her work explores the contrast between the texture of raw and glazed clay to expose the natural qualities of her finished objects. She sells her objects through retail and wholesale channels, with most of her customers finding her through Instagram where her work is appreciated by over 45K followers. Her clients include restaurants and cafés around the globe, design shops like Yonobi Studio in Copenhagen, and events like Google Playtime.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    An Introduction to Clay and Ceramics

    • Setting up
    • Introduction to Clay and Ceramics
    • Pinch Pots
    • Coil Pots 1
    • Coil Pots 2
    • Slab Pots 1
    • Slab Pots 2
  • U3

    Final Make: Vessel

    • Designing
    • Getting Slabs Ready
    • Cutting
    • Assembling Vessel 1
    • Assembling Vessel 2
    • Adding Adornments 1
    • Adding Adornments 2
  • U4


    • Finishing and Transporting
    • Firing
    • Glazing
    • Workspace Clean up and Clay Scraps
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Creating Your First Ceramic Vessel

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Creating Your First Ceramic Vessel. A Craft course by Lilly Maetzig

Creating Your First Ceramic Vessel

A course by Lilly Maetzig
Ceramist. Londres, United Kingdom.
On Domestika since 03/11/2020
  • 533 students