Ceramics - Handbuilding & Throwing - All Levels (Eve)

This course is designed to let you follow your preferred style of making. You will be shown a range of techniques, and once you have mastered each technique you can choose how you would like to form with clay. Pinching, building with soft slabs and throwing will be covered for the beginners.

Course Content

Course aims:

• You will learn how to reclaim clay
• You will create small pinch pots without tools and decorate them with coloured slips
• You will design a soft slab form using textures and templates
• You can learn how to centre clay on the wheel and make two basic shapes of a cylinder and a bowl
• You will glaze all your work creating finished pieces

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

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

The course is for all levels. Beginners will be taken through a course which will introduce them to various ways of forming with clay whilst becoming acquainted with the material, the decoration possibilities and the firings. If you are more independent, you will be supported through your ideas into making, and encouraged to try new techniques.

First Class Requirements

Please bring on your first day:

• Apron or ‘workshop’ clothes
• Small hand towel
• Sketchbook and pen/pencil
• Any tools you have (However please do not buy any tools until you have had advice from the tutor, we have a limited supply of college tools).

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will help you gain maximum benefit from the course.

Further Study Options

There are lots of other ceramics courses you can progress onto.

Additional Information

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 and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

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


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) 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 eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.