About the Course
This course is ideal for those wishing to increase both technical and design skills as well as develop a more professional approach. Whilst working on own and group projects you will be encouraged to experiment with different methods of making, decorating and glazing techniques, 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
You will further 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
Develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics
Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards others.
Class format and activities
You will practice and develop both skill and creativity through personal project work, with guidance from your tutor. Your tutor will demonstrate and discuss a wide range of methods in all hand-building, decorating, glazing and on-glaze techniques for you to explore as appropriate. You will be encouraged to share practice, self-assess and problem solve, through both group and individual discussions. You will be introduced to both current and historical ceramic practice through slideshows and encouraged to visit museums and galleries to compliment your contextual study. Your tutor will produce a wide range of resources and reference material for your use.
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 for students who have previously practiced the fundamental techniques and processes involved in ceramics. Students are expected to have had at least 2 terms, ideally 3, on the beginners programme before enrolling in these classes. Please do read carefully to ensure it’s the appropriate class.
You should have the following:
- A good working knowledge of the ceramic process and all core hand-building construction techniques.
- A good basic knowledge of slips, oxide and glaze applications methods.
- If using the Wheel you should be already able to centre the clay. Demonstrations will be ongoing and specific to the groups requirements.
These classes have none of the basic methods demonstrated and are meant for you to develop and refine your skills and personal projects. However, there will be practical demonstrations of all the above to enhance and develop your understanding and skills. If the tutor thinks you do not have the appropriate level of skill required they may ask you to join a beginners class.
If you are still unsure which level is suitable, please contact the tutor.
What you need to know before you enrol
Both wheel throwing 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.
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.
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.