Yellow ceramic 'singing bowl', open mouthed small ceramic sphere with eyes and nose.

1 Day Course: Vessel Artefacts – Singing Bowls

Saturday 5 March, 2.00-6.00pm

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Joanne Masding will lead a 1/2 day session to guide you through making your own ‘singing’ vessel artefact. Taking reference from bodily artefacts and ceramic vessels from the Late Nariño period, which are said to have been made to record the importance of singing within a community, as a means of communicating and creating harmony.

Through the session you will explore the bodily language of ceramics, how clay speaks and moves, and explore ways that bodies meet clays. Participants will learn pinching and coiling techniques to make vessel forms and hand sculpting techniques to produce bodily clay pieces with hands, mouths and eyes resulting in your own singing vessel to take home after firing.

This course will cover:

  • Pinching and coiling techniques
  • Hand sculpting and joining clay
  • Making a singing vessel artefact


Joanne Masding is an artist working in Birmingham, UK, and a director member of Modern Clay ceramics co-op. She is currently working on public artwork commission #makefuturevillagehistory, in Cardiff, Wales. Exhibitions include In the Peaceful Dome, Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2018; Touche Eclat, Workplace, Gateshead, 2017; Plaster Ghost Finger Cast, New Art Gallery, Walsall (solo), 2017. She has undertaken artist residencies with 501 Artspace, Chongqing, China, 2013; Research and Cultural Collections at University of Birmingham, UK, 2016; and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2014. She made permanent commission Flimsy Signals, for developers Bruntwood in 2018, and received a fellowship from John Feeney Trust in 2017. In 2020 she received by nomination an Artist Award from Henry Moore Foundation. Joanne also runs online sales platform Studio Outlet.

This course is made possible by the generous support of Cass Art.


Additional information

  • This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of ceramics.
  • All materials and firing costs are included. Size restrictions apply.
  • Booking on a course at Camden Art Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement.
  • Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre. See Learning Agreement for details.
  • Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
  • Please note we require course attendees to have undertaken a lateral flow test (that produced a negative test result) within the preceding 48 hours before a session.
  • Course attendees must adhere to our Covid-19 safety measures as stated in our Learning Agreement.
  • Adults’ courses are 18+ unless otherwise stated.
  • The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Please visit our access page on our website for more information on getting here, parking and facilities.