About the Course
This course offers a unique opportunity for children and adults to learn ceramics together in a encouraging and friendly atmosphere. Families will be introduced, through project work, to a wide range of making, decorating and glazing techniques. Through exploring and developing technical and design skills students will learn to express individual character within their work. New and returning families 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
Students will develop fundamental craft skills in a range of ceramic techniques e.g. pinch forming, coiling, slab-building, press-moulding, modelling, throwing, slip decoration and glazing.
Develop individual creativity in ceramics
Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards others.
Class format and activities
Each session you will be introduced to new methods of making and decorating through a project theme. Your tutor will discuss the theme and demonstrate the techniques involved, then you will have the opportunity to develop your skills using the methods demonstrated. Both adults and children work on their own pieces. The themes are wide ranging, giving scope for all levels of ability, and are appropriate for both adults and children. There is reference material provided, which relates to the themes in order to inform and inspire ideas. After tea break you will continue with your project as well as glazing the work produced in the previous lesson. Your tutor will give individual guidance throughout the session and personal creativity is encouraged.
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 as well as being suitable for intermediate and advanced skill levels.
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. Tools are provided but bring any of your own, if you have them. We make a charge for clay used before the first firing only.
What you can do next
FOR ADULTS ONLY Morley College offers a wide range of courses at all levels of ability. We recommend you attend at least 2 terms on the beginner course before moving on to various mixed level courses. 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.