Clay is a material with enormous potential that has been used centuries to make everyday objects, from pottery, tableware, tiles and bricks. When clay is fired in a hot air kiln, the material transforms in its definite shape. Ceramics comes in three types: porcelain, stoneware and crockery; depending on the purity of the clay and the temperature at which it was fired. There are many different techniques to design ceramics. You can mold the clay with casting clay or use a turning table. The clay objects can then be decorated and glazed after being fired. 

Safety measures coronavirus:

  • Adhere to the RIVM guidelines and the guidelines of the TU Delft.
  • Keeping 1.5 metres distance is no longer a rule, but you are advised to still do so.
  • Any symptoms: stay at home and get tested.
  • Good hygiene remains important.
  • If you take part in activities that fall under your X subscription, make sure you have your Campus Card or X card with you.
  • Inside Cafe X and at some events, a COVID certificate is required.

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Schedule & enrolment


Ellen Rijsdorp

Ellen studied at the school of arts in Kampen and the Ceramics Academy in Gouda. Since 1991 she has been working as an independent ceramist. She has been a teacher in ceramics since 2010 and worked at different organizations like the Ceramics Academy in Gouda, VAK Delft and X. 

Every week at the Open Studio: Fine Arts you can get to work in one of the eight fine arts disciplines. You can work independently on drawing & painting, fashion design, jewellery design, photography, clay-modelling, pottery, screen printing and, in this case, ceramics. You are warmly welcome if you have reached at least intermediate level in your discipline. If you are a beginner, you can take one of the introductory courses for each of the eight disciplines. Interested in finding out what happens every weekend in the Open Studio: Fine Arts? If so, join the Facebook group.


The Open Studio: Fine Arts and events are included in the X subscription.

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Practical Information

Reserve in advance
On Friday from 17:30 until 23:00 and on Saturday from 12:00 until 18:00