About the Course
This course will introduce beginner students to the wide variety of making, decorating and glazing techniques involved in the ceramic process. You will learn how to make and decorate a range of ceramic objects both for function and sculpture depending on your interests. Intermediate level students will have the opportunity to further develop their technical and design skills in order to promote individual creative potential. New and returning students work alongside each other in a mutually supportive environment in which you will learn both from your tutor and each other.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Beginner students will develop fundamental craft skills in a range of ceramic techniques e.g. Coiling. Slab-building, press-moulding, throwing, slip decoration and glazing.
Experienced students will develop chosen making skills in a range of ceramic techniques e.g. Hand-building, throwing, decoration and glazing.
You will learn to discuss and question appropriate techniques and materials in order to develop individual project work.
Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through studio practice with consideration towards others.
Develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics.
Class format and activities
You will make a variety of ceramic objects using different construction techniques and methods. These surfaces can be decorated using a wide range of options with Slip and glaze to achieve both Earthenware and Stoneware temperatures. You will learn through practical demonstrations, group and individual discussions and tutorials, slide lectures and personal tuition. A wide range of learning resources and equipment are provided. We 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.
The course is open to complete beginners but also suitable for intermediate and advanced skill levels
What you need to know before you enrol
What you will need for your class
A notebook and pen are useful, plus a sketchbook. You will also need an apron or old shirt. Your tutor will advise you about which tools to purchase. We make a charge for clay used at £2 per kilo, before the first firing only.
What you can do next
Morley College offers a wide range of courses at all levels of ability. Students can also look to progress onto certificated Part or full time Ceramics or 3D courses such as BETC, BA degree or MA postgraduate courses. Your tutor is also happy to advise in setting up your own studio. Many students go on after several years experience to setting up their own ceramic practice and exhibiting in open studio / house weekends and local and national craft fairs and galleries.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.