There is a strong practical element to this course which covers everything from hand building and clay preparation to press moulding and decorating with slips and underglazes. It's an opportunity to create a number of ceramic pieces. You'll also learn about clay tools, supplies and equipment and...

Taught by: Tim Harker.

  • Description

    There is a strong practical element to this course which covers everything from hand building and clay preparation to press moulding and decorating with slips and underglazes. It's an opportunity to create a number of ceramic pieces. You'll also learn about clay tools, supplies and equipment and where to source them.

    Course Outcomes
    By the end of the course you'll have created a number of ceramic pieces. You'll understand the basic principles and techniques of ceramics, and have gained knowledge of slips and glazes.

    Who Should Attend*
    Beginners looking for a step-by-step guide to studio based ceramic techniques, along with more experienced students keen to use Chelsea's impressive facilities.

    Course Level
    Beginner/Intermediate



    Student Reviews

    'Brilliant, really well pitched. The tutor was lovely, very patient, helpful and encouraging. The facilities were great and i'm surprised at how much we were able to do within the 8 sessions.' - Anon. 

    'My favorite element of this course was the throwing as it turned out to be a skill I didn't know I had! I was hesitant for the first few weeks as it’s something we used to see amateurs try and humorously fail. On my first attempt, I threw a lovely small bowl. So this was something I went back to when there was a time gap in another piece I was working on.' - Rob Boon. Read the full review.



    *Please note that there are several hazardous substances used on the course, which if swallowed or inhaled, may cause harm to an unborn child. We therefore recommend that it is unsuitable for students who are pregnant to partake in this course. Please contact us for more details.


  • Tutor information

    Tim Harker is the full time Specialist Technician in the Ceramics Workshop at Chelsea College of Arts, working with graduate and post graduate students from across the Chelsea courses who use clay or ceramics as part of their work.

    Previously self employed as a studio potter, Tim has continued his practice (based around throwing & turning) alongside his Technician role, which he has carried out for over 35 years at Chelsea.  He has experience of teaching Ceramics in the Secondary, Further and Higher Education sectors and has been a winner of the ‘White Square Teaching Award’ organised by the UAL Student’s Union and voted for by UAL students, in both 2012 & 2013.


  • Materials

    The following materials will be provided for your use in the class, however we do encourage students to continue with their ceramic skills after completing the course and so purchasing these materials is recommended as a beneficial investment for further creative development:

    • Cutting wire
    • Metal kidney
    • Turning tool or modelling tools

    Please make sure that you wear sensible shoes and old clothes or bring overalls.


Details for booking

Date Day of Week Time Duration Cost Status Location Action
07/10/2014 - 25/11/2014 Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:30 8 Evenings £515 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket
13/01/2015 - 03/03/2015 Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:30 8 Evenings £515 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket
28/04/2015 - 16/06/2015 Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:30 8 Evenings £515 Available John Islip St - SW1P Add to Basket