Amsterdam House of Arts & Crafts

Handsculpting clay

Get your hands active and create magic

Clay handsculpting

New handculpting clay

What do you want to make? And how do you go about it?

Clay is a great material that we can work with in endless ways. It's up to you to go wild and create interesting objects. This can be either objects or Things or Art with a capital A. Let's get started!

In this course you can brainstorm, sketch, design, test, and execute. Or you can play, play, play.

In the course we will mainly create work, but will also touch upon the creative process and techniques. We discuss some details classically; but guidance and process are largely individual. Each participant is given the space for their own way of working.

If you have questions, please feel free to drop us a line. 

Hello world

Roxane van Beek

Roxane van Beek works as an independent artist with a focus on ceramics. She also works as an illustrator and graphic designer. Originally trained as a Japanologist, she finds a lot of inspiration in the art and cultures of Japan and other Asian countries.

In her work Roxane is searching both for human mysticism, the rituals and mysteries that are such a part of our lives – as well as for a delightful banality we often end up with.

In this way she also seeks out the tension between objects and art; when is it just a Thing, and when does a Thing take on a life of its own?

As a teacher, she likes to encourage her students: create space for yourself to explore and play. The works that arise from experimenting will automatically form a series, which will provide you with information for the next experiments!


10 weeks

Wednesday night

TIme: 19:30-22:00

Dates: 20/9 - 27/9 - 4/10 - 11/10 - 18/10 - 25/10 - 1/11 - 8/11 -15/11 - 22/11


Thursday morning

Time: 9:30-12:oo

Dates: 21/9 -28/9 - 5/10 - 12/10 - 19/10 - 26/10 - 2/11 - 9/11 - 16/11 - 23/11


Price: € 420,-

Including clay, firing, use of tools, glaze

Fall 2023


"this is how we do it"


The teacher will help give you the language and insight to better understand the type of work you want to make. It's always a good idea to document your inspirations and notice your challenges. This way you can also discover your own style as a maker in the course.

Bring a sketchbook for your clay and ceramic work. In it you keep track of inspiring things, you note your drawings and design sketches, and your notes from your process: what clay you used, and what coloring.


In our working space we have tables to work at, a station to prepare clay, a slab roller, a variety of tools, banding wheels, and a kiln.

Different types of clay and glaze are present and can be used during the course. For the use of the various materials and tools during the course, we ask for a contribution per block, which is included in the course fee.

The work you accomplish is fired in the kiln.


Shaping the idea in your head or heart; the process of sculpting, drying, coloring, and firing.

A variation of color applications: engobes, underglazes, and glazes. 

Is the handbuilding course something for you?
Whether you have never worked with clay, or have plenty of experience as a sculptor, you can participate in this course. Each participant has their own personal ongoing dialogue with the teacher – although it is enjoyable to hear bits of each other's conversations!

Making a slab

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