Community Learning – Ceramics

Course overview

This is one of our Community Learning Courses and runs until the end of June.

Our 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. 

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.

For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Learning page.

You are welcome to join all or any term-time Mondays from 10am-12pm. This course runs from 30 September 2024 to 23 June 2025. 

Please note: this course runs term-time only. 

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 ways, including:

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

All clay, tools and glazes will be provided.

In order to aid your learning, please bring along the following:

  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • flat shoes
  • an apron/wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy
  • enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn

You may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves, hand cream and a dust mask.

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.



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  • Flexible start - 24 June 2024
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Monday
  • 20 Weeks
    • Free

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

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  • Flexible start - 23 June 2025
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Monday
  • 20 Weeks
    • Free

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

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