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Ceramics at Home for Beginners

A course by Paula Casella Biase
Ceramist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/07/2016
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Learn modeling and enameling techniques to create decorative pieces

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (675)
  • 27780 students
Ceramics at Home for Beginners

Learn modeling and enameling techniques to create decorative pieces

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (675)
  • 27780 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (3h 51m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
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Working with mud can be a new form of meditation, especially if you do it with the care and passion of Paula Casella, a graduate in Fine Arts and founder of Organic Ceramic Bamboo, who will teach you, with her 15 years of experience in this art manual, everything you need to know to get started in ceramics.

In this course you will learn from scratch how to model and glaze ceramics through different techniques of modeling and decorating the clay from your home. You will know the difference between the clay with oven and the one of air drying, and you will learn to make plaster molds that will serve as a base of infinity of pieces that you can create on your own.

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About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Knowing the materials
  • U3
    U3. How to make a mold and clay modeling techniques
  • U4
    U4. Clay Glazing Techniques
  • U5
    U5. Different uses, care and transport of your parts
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by knowing Paula, her career in Fine Arts, education and ceramics. He will show you some pieces of his collection with varied styles and then present some of his main influences.

You will know the materials you are going to work with, the types of mud, what you need to make plaster molds and the different enamels to decorate your pieces.

You will see the importance of recycling the leftover mud properly and you will learn how to make your basic plaster mold at home, which you can reuse as many times as you want to create different ceramic pieces.

Now, get to work! Together with Paula and using the previously made plaster cast, you will create the base and bowl of your first set using the plate modeling technique. You will continue with the second set, which will be purely decorative, applying the churros modeling technique.

You will continue with the third set for which you will not need a mold, since you will apply the pinch technique. And to finish the modeling phase, you will make the fourth set repeating the same design as the previous ones, with the difference that it will be larger and that you will learn to add different textures to the pieces.

You will learn different decorative techniques of clay, how they are used and when it is convenient to apply them. First, you will know two methods of decoration for the air-dried mud. Then, you will discover the enamels in suspension, the decorative technique of gold luster, the technique of oxides or "marble effect", and the method of enamel with gouaches.

Finally you will let the imagination fly and you will see the infinite possibilities of use that each of the sets made during the course have. And to preserve your pieces, Paula will give you valuable tips to take care of each of them on a day-to-day basis and how to transport them.

What is this course's project?

You will make four mushroom-shaped sets. The first three applying the three basic techniques of clay modeling and three enamelling techniques, resulting in dishes for different uses (breakfast, jewelry, etc.). The fourth set will be of fabric and you will apply the technique of the plates, but adding textures, and a different technique of enamelling.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To anyone interested in getting started in ceramics and who is curious about the creative process of this manual art.

What you need

To take this course you will not need previous knowledge, just eager to discover the creative process of ceramics.

On the materials, you will need a basic ceramic starter kit (stakes, sponge, cutter) that you can get in any bazaar, and also clay, roller, old fabrics, plaster, enamels, and acrylic paints. You should take into account that, to complete some of the course's practical exercises, you'll need to have access to an artisan's oven or a ceramics workshop where you can rent one.


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Paula Casella Biase

A course by Paula Casella Biase


Paula Casella was born in Argentina and is currently based in Spain. Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Master in Education, has more than 15 years of experience working as a teacher, muralist and designer of ceramic pieces.

A lover of nature and cooking, he joined his two passions in his Bambucito pottery workshop; so you can enjoy a good meal in a handmade tableware made by herself.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Knowing the materials

    • Meet the different types of clay and tools
    • What you need to make molds
    • Materials to decorate your pieces
  • U3

    How to make a mold and clay modeling techniques

    • Brief explanation of the ceramic process
    • How to recycle clay at home
    • Making a plaster cast
    • Modeling using Slabbing I
    • Modeling using Slabbing II
    • Modeling using Coiling I
    • Modeling using Coiling II
    • Pinching modeling
    • Slabbing Modeling with textures
  • U4

    Clay Glazing Techniques

    • Mud decoration without oven
    • Enamels in suspension
    • Gold luster
    • Decorate with oxides. Marble effect
    • Glaze with gouache
  • U5

    Different uses, care and transport of your parts

    • Let the imagination fly
    • Care and transport of parts
  • FP

    Final project

    • Ceramic Decorative Techniques

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Ceramics at Home for Beginners. A Craft course by Paula Casella Biase Best Seller

Ceramics at Home for Beginners

A course by Paula Casella Biase
Ceramist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/07/2016
  • 98% Positive reviews (675)
  • 27780 students