Introduction to Colorful Patterned Ceramics

A course by Sara Theron
Ceramic Artist. París, France.
Joined April 2021
, Ceramic Artist

Discover the process behind creating a ceramic vase decorated with botanical motifs, from modeling to firing, enameling, and painting

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1137 students

Discover the process behind creating a ceramic vase decorated with botanical motifs, from modeling to firing, enameling, and painting

French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1137 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 15m)
  • 15 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: French
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Have you ever dreamed of creating your own ceramic objects? Sara Theron has mastered the art and sees it as a peaceful retreat from hectic city life. Through her brand, Dodo Toucan, she creates spectacular handmade objects with the utmost care and originality.

If you're ready to take that first step into the exciting world of ceramics, then this course is for you. Get to grips with the basics of vase making and see how a little piece of clay can blossom into a colorful, vibrant object with those tiny irregularities that give it artisanal charm.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From tool to color, prepare your ceramic project
  • U3
    U3. Vase modeling techniques
  • U4
    U4. Room decor
  • U5
    U5. Discover the life of your project
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Sara Theron starts by introducing herself and talking about her background in ceramics. She shares how lots of her inspiration for creating her stunning decorative pieces is drawn from folk art and nature.

Step into the magical world of ceramics by running through the different types of clay, the materials needed, and potential sources of inspiration, whether they're drawings, books, or countries like Japan. Make a sketch of your vase and the patterns you want to paint on it before defining a color palette.

Once this planning work is all sewn up, set up your workspace and start modeling the clay. First, create the base of the vase using the pinching method, then the top part using the slab technique. Assemble the pieces before adding the handles and the foot.

Once your work is modelled and dried, discover a specific kind of ceramic paint called engobes, then prepare your color chart. Paint the inside first, then move on to the outside of the vase before tackling the patterns and handles. Don't forget to add your signature! Finally, enamel your creation in order to protect it, then fire it.

To wrap up the course, Sara gives you some ideas for floral arrangements to keep refreshing your creation over time. Have a look at how to package your ceramics and care for them so that they last a lifetime.

What is this course's project?

Create a one-of-a-kind ceramic vase decorated with botanical motifs.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn about the art of ceramics and master the basic techniques to create unique shapes and patterns.

Requirements and materials

You need white clay, engobes, clear enamel, and some other utensils specified by the teacher in the course. Very specific tools can be substituted by everyday objects (nylon thread for the clay cutting wire and a cutter for the potter's needle, for example). You also need access to a kiln to complete the final project.

No previous experience is necessary for this course, anyone can follow it!


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Sara Theron

A course by Sara Theron

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Ceramic Artist

Sara Theron discovered ceramics after studying object design. Fascinated by this art form which she finds soothing and centering, she has created her own brand of decorative ceramic objects: Dodo Toucan.

Today she runs a boutique workshop in Paris which is a true delight to clay and earthenware enthusiasts alike. With her small team, she makes designer vases and flowerpots, as well as jewelry and amazing animals. All her work is made by hand and characterized by great attention to detail and originality.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    From tool to color, prepare your ceramic project

    • The colour
    • The sketch
    • Find inspiration
    • Tools and materials
  • U3

    Vase modeling techniques

    • Assembly of form 1
    • Assembly of form 2
    • The plate technique
    • The pinch technique
    • Preparing the workspace
  • U4

    Room decor

    • Engobes and finding patterns
    • Slip decor 1
    • Slip decor 2
    • Slip decor 3
    • Enamelling and firing
  • U5

    Discover the life of your project

    • Packaging and care
    • Ornamentation
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Colorful Patterned Ceramics

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Introduction to Colorful Patterned Ceramics. Craft course by Sara Theron

Introduction to Colorful Patterned Ceramics

A course by Sara Theron
Ceramic Artist. París, France.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (49)
  • 1137 students