Pottery and Ceramics for All
This is a part-time pottery course in which you will learn a wide range of ceramic processes in our well-equipped studio.
Beginners will be shown how to produce work using hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab-building, potters’ moulds, and the potters’ wheel. In addition, you will be supported and encouraged to develop a confident understanding and use of clay qualities, making techniques, decorative skills, and glazing.
Returning learners are encouraged to build on their skill base to design and achieve more complex and refined work inspired by their interests and personal goals.
You’ll learn in a relaxed and supportive environment with experienced teachers and excellent facilities.
Once fired in the kiln, you will be able to take away your own handmade pieces.
Please note: The listed fees cover teaching and the use of the facilities. You will be required to pay additional charges for bisque and glaze firing of your work.
This course runs term-time only.
Beginners will follow a programme of projects which introduce them to a range of sculpting and decorating techniques.
More experienced learners can be set more challenging projects or work on their own design ideas. All learners are supported by the tutor throughout each project.
You will design and make ceramic pieces through various techniques and processes such as:
- slip casting
- glaze formulation and application
- decorating techniques
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.
Some experience in ceramics/pottery would be beneficial but not essential; you work at your own pace and level. All learners are supported by the tutor throughout each project.
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 and a dust mask. If you have sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves.
You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!
Tutor Profile: Rafa Borja
Born in Colombia, Rafa now lives and works in Oxford, UK.
Fascinated from an early age by the behaviour of different materials, he studied at the School of Fine Art & Music in Cartagena, Colombia (La Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Cartegena de Indias).
Originally a sculptor in plaster, then wood, and then stone, he works now entirely in ceramics, sculpting and experimenting.
Rafa is Artist in Residence and tutor at ActivateLearning. He also volunteers to run firings at the Anagama Kilns in Oxford.