Short Course

Introduction to Ceramics Night Class

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.


02 May 22 6:00 PM –
24 June 22 8:00 PM


Dunedin School of Art, P Block
19 Riego Street North Dunedin , Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About the course

While we teach techniques that assume no prior ceramic experience, those wishing to build on their knowledge will have the opportunity to work with the tutor at a more advanced level.

These classes are therefore suitable for beginners to experienced artists. Some of the skills covered include hand-building techniques, throwing on the wheel, glaze mixing and application as well as some firing techniques. 

The Art School Ceramic Studio is well-equipped, providing a safe and sociable working environment. Tools are provided but if you have any clay tools bring them along. Wear old clothes, overalls or an apron and wear covered footwear. You may also want to bring an old towel that can get dirty. 

Please note: in addition to the course fee, you will need to spend $35 on materials - please bring $35 cash with you to the first class. Please see the Materials section below for more details. 

2022 intakes

Mondays and Tuesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm

Mondays = one class per week for seven weeks (term 1, 2 and 4) or eight weeks (term 3).

Tuesdays = one class per week for eight weeks (all terms)

The date shown above is the next available intake. We also offer the following intakes this year: 

Term Dates
Term one 21 February - 15 April
Term two 2 May – 24 June
Term three 11 July - 2 September
Term four 12 September - 4 November

Please note: There will be no classes on Otago Polytechnic holidays or public holidays. No classes during Easter week of 5 – 9 April. 

  • Monday classes: No classes 21 March (Otago Anniversary Day)
  • Monday classes:  No Classes 6 June (Queens Birthday)
  • Monday classes: No classes 24 October (Labour Day)

Course fee

Fee for Mondays (term 1, 2 and 4): $185 per term 

Fee for Mondays (term 3): $210 per term 

Fee for Tuesdays (all terms): $210 per term 

There will be no refund once the classes have commenced. Classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course. Classes are non-refundable in the case of cancellations due to circumstances beyond our control.

How to apply 

We use the Eventbrite platform for our night class online applications. Click on the relevant link below to apply and pay online. 

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).

Learners under 16

  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.


Classes are held in the Ceramic Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany Street). The Ceramics Workshop is the concrete block building at the far end of the carpark towards the stadium.


Ali Howlett


Please bring $35 cash with you to the first class - $10 for glaze and $35 for clay. Extra glaze materials are available for sale for larger works or to make up special glazes. However, in most cases, the $10 fee will cover this.

Tools are provided but if you have any clay tools you may bring them along. 

Both clay purchases and the glaze fee need to be paid to the tutor by cash or cheque. There is no EFTPOS.

Tools are provided but if you have any clay tools you may bring them along. 

Entry criteria

Students must be over 16 years of age.


For enquiries, please email 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.