Pottery for Beginners: Ceramics
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.
The aim of the course is to provide you with basic pottery skills.
If you want to keep practising, you can return for another class, or sign up for one of our weekly mixed-discipline evening classes.
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.
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
- individual tuition
- practical demonstration
- practical experience
Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.
Some experience of ceramics/pottery would be beneficial but not essential, you work at your own pace and level. All students are supported by the tutor throughout each project.
The cost includes tuition, clay, glazes, and kiln space for up to two firings necessary to complete the pieces created.Specialist materials and tools will be given out by the tutor if necessary.
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!