Community Learning – Ceramics

Course overview

The welcoming ceramics workshop is a relaxed environment to learn all aspects of pottery. You will work at your own pace with our experienced tutor’s guidance throughout your pottery journey.

Clay is a natural medium, collected from the earth and therefore offers touch therapy. Also, participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your wellbeing, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life! As a practical course, with group and individual demonstrations, you will implement a variety of techniques with support and encouragement to unlock your creativity.

Participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your wellbeing, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life!

We’ll be offering a two-hour session on Saturday mornings afternoons 10am-12pm, giving you plenty of time to experiment. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!

2023: Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 11, 18, 25, Dec 9, 16

2024: Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 10, 24, March 9, 16, 23, April 20, 27, May 18, 25, June 15, 22, 29, Jul 13, 24

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults.

Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives. You need to be aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) AND:

•employed and earning an annual salary of less than £20,319 or
•unemployed, in receipt of state benefit and looking for work
•have a social or emotional difficulty, or challenges with mental health or emotional wellbeing

Please visit our Community Learning homepage to see if you are eligible for a free place.


You will explore the properties of clay and learn techniques, such as:

  • forming using pinching and coiling techniques, that can be used to build anything you like
  • joining techniques
  • decoration (slip trailing, glazing, on-glaze painting and slip-glazing)

You will learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • formal instruction
  • discussion
  • individual tuition
  • practical demonstration
  • practical experience

Basic materials will be provided, however we encourage you to bring any equipment you may already own and wish to use.

Please bring:

  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • an apron/wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy

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!

This course runs term time only. Please check the dates carefully.

Tutor profile: Will Lehmann

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  • Flexible start - 13 July 2024
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Saturday
  • 24 Weeks
    • Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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