Pottery is a form of ceramics that we come across every single day in items such as teacups, soup bowls, vases and dishes. All these round shapes are made by throwing clay on a turning table, before the clay is fired in a hot fan kiln, and then decorated and glazed. Pottery requires a lot of practice, but it's an art that allows you to develop your own personal style.

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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The Pottery course teaches you the art of pottery. You learn to throw clay on an electric turn table and work on your own design, where there's plenty of room to experiment. You will practise until you’ve mastered the technique and are able to shape the clay into the object you have in mind. Following the drying process, your creation will be baked at a minimum of 1,000 degrees, after which you can make a selection from a wide range of glazes to decorate your work. Your work will be finished and ready to use after the second baking.

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

Experience necessary
Assistants available
Reserve in advance
On Friday from 18:00 until 23:00 and on Saturday from 12:00 until 18:00