Ceramics Handbuilding & Throwing - All Levels

This is a general ceramics course which covers most methods of making pots including throwing on the potter's wheel. Interspersed with this, you will learn several decorating and firing techniques.

Course Content

Beginners will explore the exciting possibilities of pottery, through gaining a basic understanding of handbuilding techniques, throwing and glazing. Optional projects will be set for those with some experience.

• You will learn how to decorate pots with slips and underglazes, and how to use glaze to decorative effect.
• You will learn about different types of clay, their firing temperatures and their suitability to different techniques.
• You will be encouraged to keep a working journal of inspirational material from the internet and magazines, sketches and technical notes. This is for your own benefit and is not compulsory.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

There are no entry requirements for this course, if you are a beginner or someone with more experience, this will be suitable for you.

First Class Requirements

An apron, sketch/note book and pen/pencil.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is to your own benefit. If you know you can't attend in advance please let your tutor know.

Assessment Methods

This is a leisure course, and is not examined in any way. There will be Q&As in groups and during one-to-one guidance and observation. There will be lots of verbal ongoing constructive criticism and advice.

Further Study Options

You could progress to a qualification course.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

We strongly recommend that learners wear non slip, closed footwear in the pottery area as there is often a lot of dust created and the floors may become slippery when wet if there are spillages.

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

You will be required to pay for materials that you use from the college and for your firing. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You may also bring in your own glass, clay or wax etc should you wish to, however there is no storage on site for materials unless they are purchased from the college.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.