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 one: 21 February - 15 April
Term two: 2 May – 24 June
Term three: 11 July - 2 September
Term four: 12 September - 4 November
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 $35 on materials - please bring $35 cash with you to the first class. Please see Materials section below for more details. 

2022 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)
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. 
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.


Classes will be presented by Bronwyn Mohring.

Bronwyn Mohring graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic with a Diploma in Craft Design in 1994 and with a Diploma of Ceramic Design from Otago Polytechnic in 1995. She has worked in the sculptural pottery field ever since. In 2019 Bronwyn return to the Dunedin School of Art to refresh her skills and face new challenges while working towards her Master of Fine Arts.

Material costs

Please bring $35 cash with you to the first class - $10 for glaze and $25 0for 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.


Classes are held in the Ceramic Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.

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. 


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.