top of page



hand - building

with clay


By Su Melo

how to set up your working space at home

Screenshot 2020-05-27 at 17.23.35.png
  • Materials:

  1. Clay,

  2. Hand modelling wooden tools*

  3. Small bowl with water.

  4. A kitchen wooden spoon or spatula 

  5. A hair dryer. 

  6. A small wooden board (minimum 20x20). It can be a cutting board from the kitchen.

  7. A small towel or dish clothes. It is to put under the wood and be able to smoothly turn the
    ​wood board on the table.

  8. Plastic Bag. 40 x 40 cm aprox. To keep your works sealed in between classes.

HOW you set the table to attend the class is very important.  The teacher should be able to watch very well your hands working with clay and at the same time make sure you can hear and watch the teacher instructions.

  1. The camera must be in front of you and the distance between the camera and the your work should be around 55 cm.

  2. It is suggested to put the computer on a second table next to the one you are using. It gives you more space to work and in the case, you move the table it doesn't affect the screening.​

  3. The video event using Zoom demands a lot of energy, your battery will last less. Be able to plug your computer anytime.​

  4. It is required to use a laptop (portable computer) or I-pad. Mobile phones are not suitable.

  5. It is necessary to slightly lean forward the camera and lift the laptop or i pad around 8 cm. (see the drawing). On this way, you get a good view angle of the working space.

  6. Make sure you have good light on your work, the captured image should be clear and sharp.

  7. Any question you can contact.

*Hand modelling wooden tools:

To hand build we use TWO basic tools:

Round wooden lomer :  Aprox: 10 x 5 cm

Screenshot 2020-06-24 at 11.16.24.png

Wooden spatula: 20 cm length.

Screenshot 2020-06-24 at 11.08.37.png

If you live in Amsterdam I can deliver these tools to your home together with clay. If you are somewhere else, contact me and I can help you to find the materials you need to be prepare for our classes. The same I can do with firing service. To learn more about go here.

In the process of building, we paddle the figures to define their shapes and make them stronger. As a paddle you can use a wooden kitchen spoon, but you can also get a professional wooden paddle:

Medium  size paddle. (30 cm length). Special for begginers and small works as cups or jars.

Screenshot 2020-06-24 at 11.52.37.png
Screenshot 2020-06-24 at 11.10.11.png

Big size paddle: 38 cm length. Suitable for every size work. 

If you live in Amsterdam, you can purchase these paddles with me, please send me a message 

bottom of page