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Creating Ceramics with Character

A course by Sandra Apperloo , Ceramic Artist

Ceramic Artist. Utrecht, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020

Sculpt and decorate a vase with personality using original techniques

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  • 99% positive reviews (242)
  • 5569 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Sculpt and decorate a vase with personality using original techniques

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.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 28 downloads

13 minutes, 7 seconds
My Favorite Pattern Techniques 1
15 minutes, 20 seconds
My Favorite Pattern Techniques 2
10 minutes, 24 seconds
Creating Characters 1
13 minutes, 13 seconds
Rolling the Vase
19 minutes, 54 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (242)
  • 5569 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 42m)
  • 28 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

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

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

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

Requirements and materials

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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Ceramic Artist

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.


  • U1


    • 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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Creating Ceramics with Character. Craft course by Sandra Apperloo Best seller

Creating Ceramics with Character

A course by Sandra Apperloo
Ceramic Artist. Utrecht, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (242)
  • 5569 students