Ceramics for All (5 Weeks)
This course is suitable for all abilities and experiences and will enable you to explore the huge range of possibilities that clay provides.
This is a practical, workshop-based course with group and individual demonstrations of a variety of techniques.
You will work at your own pace with our friendly and experienced tutor’s guidance.
Please be aware that this is a mixed ability class and space in the Pottery is limited.
There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty.
Techniques covered include:
- the following making methods; pinching, coiling, slabbing, press moulding, modelling/sculpting and wheel throwing
- following decorative materials; glazes, underglaze colours, metal oxides, coloured slips, relief built and incised surfaces (including sgraffito)
- develop a feasible ceramic design of own choice or at the tutor’s suggestion
- resolve any problems and be aware of areas for improvement
- how to apply Health and Safety guidelines in a ceramics studio
Teaching methods include:
- formal instruction
- individual tuition
- practical demonstration
- practical experience
Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.
You will need to bring:
- a sketchbook and something to write with
- a towel
- an apron/wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy
- enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn!
You may wish to bring hand cream. You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!
There is an additional charge for finished fired work, which is £5.00 per kg.
Homework is optional, but research between lessons will enhance the students experience.