What is the course about?
Gain knowledge of a broad range of traditional ceramic decorating techniques and how to use them confidently. The course combines guided tutor-demonstration and individual project work; you will begin by making and decorating clay tiles and slabs, before learning how to develop these from 2D test-pieces into 3D hand-built forms.
What will we cover?
- Decoration techniques including: slip-trailing, drawing, feathering and marbling, intaglio, scraffito, inlay, mono-printing, stencilling, texture and agate-making.
- How to make tiles and clay slabs (to practise on)
- A range of 3D hand-building techniques to support individual project development.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Differentiate between different types of surface decoration techniques
- Demonstrate new skills and confident use of 3-5 traditional decorating techniques
- Develop ideas from 2D exploration into 3D hand-built ceramic forms
- Improve your individual making-skills and feel encouraged to pursue your ceramic practice further.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for those new to Ceramics and those with some previous experience. An enjoyable evening class for anyone keen to develop new and existing decorating skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Taught by Amy Hughes, through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. You will be encouraged to pursue self-directed projects and personal aims made for the course. No work will be set outside the class but you are welcomed to research any artists/techniques/inspiration sources for the next session. There will be a group discussion at the end of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sensible/old clothing is advised. 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build Ceramics offers a range of part-time, full-time courses and workshops at different levels. Students will be encouraged to progress onto more challenging projects at their individual level. There will also be a glazing session mid- September if you would like to glaze work from your summer school (course codes VR767, VR766).
Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR710 Build Ceramics
VR724 Pottery on Saturdays
VR737 Pottery: evening course
VR774 Pottery: the hand-built pot
VR718 Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration
Please check the 2017–2018 guide for the full range of ceramics courses.
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