What is the course about?
The course is about exploring the possibilities of creating small scale animal forms in clay, using various techniques.
What will we cover?
Slab building, coiling, and pinching will be taught, as well as different tooling techniques to bring three-dimensional
clay figures to life. If you are a thrower, you are welcome to add or work with thrown elements. We will explore some
basic surface decoration with slips, mono-printing and texture, as well as glazing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of one or several hand-building techniques
- Be able to use these techniques to create small clay animal forms
- Be able to consider the surface of the figure/s, and have an understanding of simple decorating techniques as
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience with clay is beneficial, as the course is quite short, but basic techniques will be covered.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through presentations, demonstrations, and explanations, as well as hand-outs. The tutor will
provide guidance and advice. You will not be required to do any work outside the class, but if you wish to do and
drawing, sketching, or collecting images, you are very welcome to do so.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is a charge of £2.00 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge is £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag.Tools and materials provided; you do not need to bring anything with you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pottery for beginners and improvers - VR792 or Ceramics surface decoration in clay - VR719. At the end of the course you will be given information about further courses available for those who wish to continue.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details