Saturday Ceramics - All Levels

Have you always wanted to have a go at ceramics? Then this course is for you.

This is a general ceramics course which covers one or two methods of handbuilding pots, as well as throwing on the potter’s wheel. Interspersed with this you will learn several decorating and firing techniques.

Course Content

You will be taken step by step through the basic techniques of pinching, slabbing and throwing on the potter's wheel. You will learn how to decorate pots with slips and underglazes, and how to use glaze to decorative effect. You will also learn about different types of clay, their firing temperatures and their suitability to different techniques.

Course outcomes

On this course you will :

• learn clay preparation and reclaim
• throw on the electric potter's wheel
• use rolled out slabs of clay to form vases
• form a teabowl using Japanese techniques
• glaze your own work

Entry Requirements

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

The course is aimed to give beginners the basics of working with clay, encouraging and motivating them with various projects. More advanced learners would be welcome to join in with these or work more independently, following their own aims. Projects to challenge more advanced learners will be set as required. Learners can sign up to further five week courses if they wish to continue.

First Class Requirements

Apron, sketch/note book, pencil

Attendance Requirements

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

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment, however you will receive regular feedback from your tutor and peers.

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.

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

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