About the Course
A beginner's introduction to the basic process of making and glazing ceramics. You will watch short specific demonstrations and explore and make with the techniques demonstrated. You will make a range of finished objects. A 4 week course is also available (see the website for more details).
This course will allow you to get a feel of what it is like to work with clay and glaze and begin to understand it’s potential to make a form. You will look at different types of clay and learn how to shape and mould it using a limited range of techniques. You will have time to experiment with the some options for decorating the clay surface through using clay coloured slip and completing the form with a basic introduction to glazing. There will be a charge for clay work @£2 per kilo to be glazed and fired
By the end of the course you will be able to
Gain a rudimentary knowledge of ceramic processes and how to achieve a completed ceramic object.
Gain a range of construction techniques including hand-building and/or wheel throwing to create form.
Make a variety of ceramic forms.
Use different materials, such as slip and oxides, to decorate the surface of your work.
Apply Glaze to enhance your work.
Gain a basic understanding of associated Health and Safety in the context of ceramic practice in workshops.
Class format and activities
You will learn to make a variety of ceramic objects using handbuilding and/or wheel-throwing techniques. You will also learn to use a range of surface decoration and glaze materials to enhance your work. There will be a range of practical demonstrations, group and individual tutorials, slide-shows, and personal tuition. A wide range of learning resources and equipment are provided. We also have 10 throwing wheels in the department.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
What you need to know before you enrol
Both wheel throwing if we get to that advanced stage and wedging clay requires a moderate level of physical fitness - if you have any concerns (back problems, for example) please come and see your tutor who will be happy to give guidance, or assistance if required.
What you will need for your class
A notebook and pen is useful. You will also need an apron or old shirt. Your tutor will advise you about which tools to purchase. We make a £2 per kilo charge for clay used before the first firing only.
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