Otago Polytechnic

Sculpture night class: Ceramics


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One weekly session per term: Wednesdays, 6.00-8.00pm

On campus 

18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
You can apply anytime by clicking the light blue APPLY button (directly above the fee shown to the right of your screen). This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.
Want to learn how to build forms and figures in clay?  

This night class will introduce you to the hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. The workshop is ideal for those with no previous clay experience but also for those who have some experience with clay. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and confidence in transforming clay into a figurative, representational or an abstract form.

2019 term dates 
Term one 18 February - 12 April 
Term two 29 April - 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September 
Term four 16 September - 8 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.

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).

You will study

This is an eight week course.

Week 1: Design and problem solve a piece of work. Make a marquette of your proposed sculpture. 

Week 2: Look at different clays and surfaces appropriate for making your work including grogged clay and paper clay options, as well as glaze and non-traditional surface treatments. 

Week 3-6: Making forms 

Weeks 7-8: Completing work, bisque firing and finishing of surface treatments. 


The sculpture studio is a warm, safe and sociable working area. Tools are provided but if you have any of your own clay tools, please bring them along. It is recommended that you wear old clothes, overalls or an apron, plus covered footwear.

Material costs

Material costs will vary depending on the size of the works created. Clay is available for purchase on site, price starts at $17 for a 10kg bag. Students will need to bring cash for clay purchase. If using glaze materials, there will be an additional cost of approximately $10.


The tutor for this night class will be Suzanne Emslie.

Suzanne Emslie spent seven and a half years completing a Diploma in Ceramics and a Masters of Visual Arts in ceramic sculpture. She has been a practising artist for the last 14 years, working in both ceramic and limestone materials, and sculpting and carving figurative works.

Classes are held in the Modelling and Casting workshop in the Sculpture Section at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.


For enquiries, please email artnightclass@op.ac.nz


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.