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Ceramics For Beginners Short Course

Course description

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that is crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus.
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your CV.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

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.

You will learn how to handle clay with sensitivity to its material limits, to minimise distortion and breakage. You will learn how to carefully control the drying of your clay work. Please be aware that only selected work will be fired and glazed so you are encouraged to keep standards high. Fewer pieces of higher quality will produce better end results. Quick experimental work is also encouraged but is not very suitable for firing. Please note that not all work will survive the 2 firings and that glazing faults and breakages can occur with any ceramic work.

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. This may be 2 - 3 weeks after the course has ended. Please bear this in mind if you are coming to the UK for a short visit to attend the course.


Please bring to the first session:
  • A pen
  • A notepad
  • Apron

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.

Meet the Tutor:

This experimental course is for those interested in working with clay in a variety of methods and processes. The course will explore the potential of making in clay, its inherent properties and producing well-built forms.

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