Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Create in Clay

Taking inspiration from our upcoming exhibition Ai Weiwei: Making Sense, this one-day workshop will be an opportunity to have an immersive pottery experience trying a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Discover the tactile material of clay and its various properties and enjoy a day of hands-on exploration from creating pinch pots to wheel throwing and crafting tools.

What to expect

This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of repetition and make and break in the clay design process.

Starting with the physical process of preparing clay to making pinch pots into functional whistles and having a go on a potter’s wheel, participants will discover the powerful creative experience of making without fear or failure.

You will learn:

  • Hand-building techniques

  • Slip decorating

  • Toll making

  • How to centre on the potter’s wheel

  • Gain an insight into the clay making creative process

• Light refreshments and all materials will be provided.

The workshop will give you same day access to our exhibition Ai Weiwei: Making Sense.


Auriol Herford

Herford created Kite Studios in 2005 with a vision – to offer a creative oasis for all. She teaches adults and children, highly trained artists and people with special needs, at school and in the studio. The process of making is what fascinates Herford, who is driven by finding new ways to enable people of all ages, needs and abilities to come on board and engage in that process with her.

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Booking information

Adult: £80
Adult early bird: £73
Student: £73
Student early bird: £66
Members: £64
Members early bird: £58

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

Early bird tickets are available until 6 April.

Please note that this is a one-day workshop, you can book for 22 April, 13 May and 04 June or all classes separately.

Related exhibition

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

The artist's first exhibition focusing on design will mix recent works with commissioned pieces inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.

Images by Tomas Daugirdas.