Ceramics Handbuilding - Beginners/Improvers

This course is designed to introduce you to ceramic handbuilding techniques. The course is suitable for beginners and more experienced ceramicists. During this course you will be able to experiment with different types of clay, glazes and decorating techniques to create ceramic forms either functional or sculptural.

Course Content

You will have the opportunity to learn a range of hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab working and using press moulds
Experiment with decorating techniques such as glazing, slip painting and develop mark making techniques exploring the visual elements of line, texture, colour and shape.

Develop a range of making techniques working using soft clay and leather hard clay and experiment with the visual elements through the use of collage and decorating techniques for example printing on clay with under glaze and coloured slips. Resist decorating techniques with paper stencils and latex, and learn how to create interesting glazed surfaces through the use of multiple firings.

You will develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics through learning about artists.

Course outcomes

On this course you will :

learn clay preparation and reclaim
create forms using soft slabs of rolled out clay
design your own pieces working with colour in the clay
glaze various forms

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

For beginners or experienced artists who wish to develop their skills.

First Class Requirements

How to Enrol

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Assessment Methods

Please bring on your first day:
Apron or ?workshop? clothes, Sketch-book and drawing materials.
Brushes and clay tools, plastic bags.

You will be required to pay for your clay by weight. The price includes glazes and firing. There are additional charges for special firings.
There are starter packs available, see below for example prices.

Ceramics beginners starter pack
Earthenware Hand-building
Tools - 8 piece starter pack
Clay - 3kg
Pack price - £24

Stoneware handbuilding
Clay - 3kg
Tools - 8 piece starter pack
Pack price £26