Pottery for Beginners

Course overview

Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.

During this practical and structured ceramics course, you will be taught through group and individual tuition, as well as ongoing demonstrations. You will work at your own pace with our friendly and experienced tutor.

Please note this course only runs during term time.

All basic ceramics materials will be supplied by the college.

Activate Learning offers a wide range of ceramics courses and workshops that take place throughout the year, or you might like to try a different arts and crafts course.

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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.

For further details and to applyplease email us. To find out more and to view the terms and conditions please view our Community Wellbeing page

The aim of the course is to provide you with basic pottery skills. Once fired in the kiln, you will be able to take away your own handmade pieces. Most students find immense satisfaction from working with the simple elements of clay, water and glazes, enabling them to de-stress from a busy day!

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!

Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement.;

You may wish to bring a dust mask. If you have very sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves.

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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.