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Learn Pottery Design

Certified online opportunity for students (13-25-year-olds) to learn pottery design exclusively with Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD), Jaipur.


May 3rd to May 7th, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Unherd in association with Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD), one of the leading institutes for teaching crafts in India is conducting an Online Mentorship on Pottery Design for students (13-25-year-olds) based in India. The hands-on program conducted by artisans and teaching faculty of IICD will teach students to create objects/models of their choice using terracotta clay.

Date: 26th April to 30th April | Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST |
Program Fee: Rs. 2250/- (with materials)

Session 1 (3rd May): Material Introduction

• Introduction on clay as material and its properties
• Discussion and Demonstrations

Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Session 2 (4th May): Pinching Method

• Introduction of Pinching Method
• Shaping a lump of clay by pinching
• Joining two forms of clay
• Exploring different forms by varying basic form of a clay lump
• Applying learning to create any functional or decorative object

Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30PM IST

Session 3 ( 5th May): Coiling Method

• Introduction of Coiling Method
• Exercises to develop understanding and skill needed to create clay lump into coil or linear form
• Applying learning to create any functional or decorative object

Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Session 4 (6th May): Slab Method

• Introduction of Slab Method
• Exercises to develop understanding and skill needed to create clay lump into flat or planer form
• Applying learning to create any functional or decorative object

Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Session 5 (7th May) : Review and Submission

• Review and Feedback
• Exploring own concepts and methods
• Scope and Career in Craft Design
• About IICD

Timings: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

What will I Learn?

Program developed by faculty members of IICD with the aim to introduce students to pottery design. The initiative takes inspiration from the craft traditions of the country that acknowledges the potential scope of craft designers.
By the end of the course, you will be comfortable using your hands in preparing appropriate compositions with clay that creates functional models like mugs, vases, or any other product design objects using terracotta clay.
As a part of the Mentorship, the materials will be sent to the student’s address one week before the course begins.


Classes to be conducted online on Zoom. Program Fee: Rs. 2250/- (all inclusive)


Build a solid foundation on clay properties while being introduced to techniques like pinching, coiling and slab.

Create your own products with precision while you receive tips, tricks, and feedback from craftsmen.

Get certified from India’s leading design institute, IICD that gives you an edge to strengthens your portfolio.


The Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur is an autonomous institute set up by the Government of Rajasthan in the year 1995 to act as a catalyst of change in the craft sector. Through this impact initiative, IICD and Unherd India are collaborating to introduce the craft profession among the youth of the country and bring new life to the languishing crafts of India.

Mangesh Afre

Mangesh Afre is an Associate Professor of Fired Material Application at the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur. He completed his BFA in Ceramics and Pottery from Sir. J. J. School of Arts, University of Mumbai followed by his career as a designer in 2002. He moved into education as a faculty member at Raheja School of Arts, Mumbai and later in 2006 Joined IICD, Jaipur as (Fired Material Design) FMD faculty. He initiated and offered the FMD program in 2009-10 becoming the course co-ordinator for the recognised program.
Over the years, Mangesh Afre has worked with traditional potters from different parts of India, on various projects of design and skill development projects. His areas of expertise are clay body & glaze development, kiln development, setting up of ceramic production methods, and design process for cluster-based product developments.

Note: This is a Mentorship for students (13-25-year-olds) in India to get introduced to a career in Craft Design. The certificate will only be provided to students who successfully complete their pottery models within the course period. The program does not guarantee a student any admission or promotion to IICD or Design institutions.

Got a question?

How much does it cost?

The certified course fee is Rs. 2250/- including the materials that will be sent to your address one week before the classes begin.

Why is there a fee?

This mentorship is an exclusive opportunity with a maximum of 20 students per class, made better through online delivery and a relevant industry curriculum. A minimal fee is charged to sustain ourselves, pay our staff for the maintenance of our organization who invest significant effort and time in conducting learning opportunities for the students.

Who is eligible?

The program is for students (13-25-year-olds) based in India who are curious about a career in Design or wish to learn pottery first-hand from a craftsman.

When is the program?

The session will be conducted online on Zoom from May 3 (Monday) to May 7 (Friday) from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST.

Confused about a career?

Unherd offers mentorship classes on diverse potential careers, for 13 to 18 year-olds, based on their current interest, potential and skillsets.