Pottery and Ceramics for Beginners AM

Course overview

Explore your creative ideas whilst learning the exciting possibilities of working with clay. 

Our Pottery and Ceramics for Beginners is a practical, workshop-based course with group and individual demonstrations of a variety of techniques, including hand-building, decoration and glazing.

The aim of the course is to provide you with basic pottery skills. You will work at your own pace with our friendly and experienced tutor’s guidance.

Most learners find immense satisfaction from working with the simple elements of clay, water, and glazes, enabling them to de-stress from a busy day!

If you want to keep practising and progressing your pottery skills, you can return for another course, or sign up for one of our weekly mixed-discipline ceramics classes.

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 only runs during term time.

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

  • forming using pinching and coiling techniques
  • joining techniques
  • decoration (slip trailing, glazing, on-glaze painting and slip-glazing)

All under the patient and friendly guidance of our experienced tutor!

Teaching methods include:

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

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs and pace.

Please 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!

Please note: this course does not run during the half-term or end-of-term breaks. 

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We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.