Creating Ceramics with Character

A course by Sandra Apperloo
Ceramic Artist. Utrecht, Netherlands.
On Domestika since 06/16/2020
, Ceramic Artist

Sculpt and decorate a vase with personality using original techniques

  • 100% Positive reviews (25)
  • 790 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
Creating Ceramics with Character

Sculpt and decorate a vase with personality using original techniques


  • 100% Positive reviews (25)
  • 790 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (3h 42m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Working with clay is a craft that is filled with surprises. From the initial mold to the final glaze, there are endless possibilities to explore. Sandra Apperloo is a ceramist who has not only found great joy in the craft, but also made it her full-time profession. Her brand, known as The Pottery Parade, is filled with quirky faces and pastel hues, has over 100K followers on Instagram, and has been featured in magazines like This is Colossal, ArtPeople, and more.

In this course, Sandra shares each step of her creative process so you too can create your own universe of ceramic characters. Using your intuition and curiosity, learn to mold, sculpt, glaze, fire, and decorate your own unique bud vases to bring character to your home or give as an unforgettable gift.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Clay and Decoration
  • U3
    U3. Making the Vases
  • U4
    U4. Making the Vases - After the First Firing
  • U5
    U5. Sharing and Enjoying Your Cuddling Vase
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know Sandra, learn about her experience as a ceramic artist, and see some of her biggest inspirations in the art world.

Get familiar with your materials in the second unit, learning how to work with clay in its different states. See how to decorate ceramics and learn about the pattern techniques Sandra likes to use.

Next, have fun experimenting with clay by learning how to create characters, from their face to the hair. Define the overall shape of your vase and let your character develop intuitively.

Get started on your bud vase in the next unit by creating the clay slab and building your design. Sculpt your piece until it is ready to be fired, and get Sandra’s expert advice on how to transport it safely to your firing location.

Once your vase is fired and dry, it’s time to decorate! Follow Sandra’s tips and tricks for bringing your characters to life through color and add a transparent glaze to your artwork.

In the final unit, learn how to waterproof your vase and get Sandra’s advice on how to take pictures of your work to share on Instagram. Finally, see the best way to care for your bud vase and find the perfect place to display it!

What is this course's project?

Create a clay bud vase with quirky characters using Sandra’s techniques to mold, sculpt, and decorate it.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone interested in creating ceramics, with or without previous experience.

What you need

No previous experience is necessary, although some experience in illustration or pottery will be helpful.

As for materials, to mold and sculpt you will need clay, a textile cloth (preferably canvas or linen), a medium-sized bowl, a rolling pin, two wooden paint-stirring sticks (with a 3-5mm width), a piece of cardboard, scissors, a ruler, measuring tape, a long paintbrush (30-35 cm) with a wide brush (3-4 cm), a pin tool, wire cutter, an iron scraper, a toothbrush, sticky tape, a small potato knife, a sponge, a box with a lid, newspaper, a water sprayer, and a tea towel.

To decorate the vase, you will need pencils or regular paint, a set of paintbrushes, underglaze, and mixing bowls.

To glaze and fire the vase, you will need a large paintbrush, transparent glaze, access to a kiln, a set of small bowls, and some additional materials for mixing the glaze.


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Sandra Apperloo

A course by Sandra Apperloo

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Sandra Apperloo is a ceramist from Utrecht, Netherlands, who has always had a passion for art. She started sharing her interest for art, craft, and illustration with the world through her blog ArtisticMoods in 2012, which led her to explore different materials on her own. It was love at first sight for Sandra when it came to pottery, and she’s been sculpting and shaping clay ever since.

Sandra is now a full-time ceramic artist, putting love, thought, and effort into every piece she creates. Her brand, The Pottery Parade, includes a wide variety of decorative objects in pastel hues, with each piece carefully adorned with fun little faces.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course?
  • U2

    Clay and Decoration

    • Materials
    • Preparing the Decoration Materials
    • My Favorite Pattern Techniques 1
    • My Favorite Pattern Techniques 2
    • Creating Characters 1
    • Creating Characters 2
  • U3

    Making the Vases

    • Creating the Clay Slab
    • Rolling the Vase
    • Building the Vase
    • Shaping the Vase 1
    • Shaping the Vase 2
    • First Firing Session and Transportation
  • U4

    Making the Vases - After the First Firing

    • Painting the Vases
    • Glazing the Vase
  • U5

    Sharing and Enjoying Your Cuddling Vase

    • Making Sure Your Vase is Water-resistant
    • Capturing and Sharing Your Cuddling Vase
    • Enjoying Your Cuddling Vase!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating Ceramics with Character

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Creating Ceramics with Character. A Craft course by Sandra Apperloo

Creating Ceramics with Character

A course by Sandra Apperloo
Ceramic Artist. Utrecht, Netherlands.
On Domestika since 06/16/2020
  • 100% Positive reviews (25)
  • 790 students