Ceramics For Beginners
This experimental course is designed for those that are interested in working with clay in a variety of methods and processes and have little previous experience of the material. The course will explore the potential of making in clay, its inherent properties and producing well-built forms that can be taken home once fired.
Who should take this course?
The course will appeal to students and professionals looking to increase their knowledge of materials, processes and also to widen their portfolio
You will learn how to construct forms using hand-building techniques and create colourful and decorative surface patterns. A wide range of surface decoration techniques will be also covered.
During the course you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of using the wheel. Learning how to throw to create cylinders and functional tableware.
You will be encouraged to bring materials and research during the course that contributes to their learning and practice.
Students can expect to make a collection of work using a variety of techniques. We will use earthenware clays, slips, stains and oxides.
All satisfactory work will be bisque fired and on the last day we will have a critique of work and select the most successful work for glazing.
Work will also be glazed and fired on site but you will be expected to collect your work after the course is complete to ensure the pieces are given time to dry out before they are kiln-fired. Please bear this in mind if you are coming to the UK for a short visit to attend the course.
Read more about our Ceramics courses on the CSM Short Course Blog.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Matilda Moreton attended the Ceramic Design degree course at Central St Martins, graduating in 2004, specialising in surface design and hand built ceramics.
As well as teaching, her practice includes site-specific installation projects and thrown tableware.
See Matilda's website: www.matildamoreton.com
Simeon Featherstone creates bespoke designs for public and private spaces. The majority of his commissions are ceramic installations that offer unique solutions to various clients and environments. He is the casting and ceramic technician at Central Saint Martins.
To learn more about Simeon, read his interview on the Short Courses blog here.
Please bring to the first session:
- A pen
- A notepad
Please note that you should be prepared to bring in various materials throughout the course for experimenting on the clay surface. Any specialised ceramic materials or tools, other than those supplied on the course, will need to be supplied by the student.