Otago Polytechnic

Sculpture night class: Ceramics


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One class per week for eight weeks: Wednesdays, 6.00-8.00pm

On campus 

Term Intakes: 2 March, 13 July and 14 September 2020
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.

Please note: in addition to the course fee, you will need to spend $30 on materials - please bring $30 cash with you to the first class. Please see Materials section below for more details. 

2020 term dates 
Term one 2 March - 24 April
Term two CANCELLED due to COVID 19 lockdown
Term three 13 July - 4 September
Term four 14 September - 6 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).

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 anca@op.ac.nz (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class. 
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

Please bring $30 cash with you to the first class - $10 for glaze and $20 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. 


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.