What is the course about?
This ceramics portfolio course combines the tuition of ceramics and drawing techniques, alongside an encouragement to develop personal ideas. This will enable you to build up a diverse body of work to apply for further education. Working on set projects, you learn a broad variety of 2D and 3D techniques which encourage the development of personal thought and expression. The work will be exhibited at the end of the course.
What will we cover?
Projects in 2D and 3D are divided as follows: in term one and two the ceramics classes are taught on Wednesdays and drawing is taught on Thursdays. Students will be making work to fulfil project briefs.
In ceramics classes, clay, glaze research, hand-building, mould making, throwing and firing processes and techniques are taught and used to complete the projects. Some written research will be undertaken to underpin the
practical studies. 2d studies with be integrated into ceramic projects where appropriate.
During the drawing days students are introduced to a wide range of projects that explore drawing through different
techniques, materials and concepts. This includes collage, painting, book-making, observational and life drawing.
Drawing will be looked at both as an art form and as an ally to other creative practices.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create a body of ceramic work which fulfils a personal approach to the given projects
- Create a personal portfolio of 2D work which shows an understanding of 2D techniques
- Use 2D studies to develop in 3D personal projects
- Show by various means an understanding of ceramic historical and contemporary issues
- Use clay and related materials creatively
- Show work in a course exhibition.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some knowledge of ceramics is necessary to apply for this course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and
safety information. You will need to be able to read a range of written materials and write short pieces of text. You
should also be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstrations, group discussions and informal friendly critiques, one to one tuition, visual information, handouts and slide shows.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided. 2D and 3D materials may be required at different stages of the course. Tools are available within the department for use but you may want to purchase your own. Your tutor will advise you which tools to purchase. There is a charge for porcelain which is £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag. Ensure that you bring with you a suitable pair of closed shoes, e.g. not open toed sandals.
You will be expected to show good workshop practice and follow health and safety guidelines.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is seen as a pathway to other advanced ceramic courses.
Within Build you could progress onto the Build Ceramics course - VR710, or the Diploma Course in Ceramics -VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
There are a variety of ceramic classes during the day and evening. See the course guide for further details.
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