What is the course about?
This course will explore the pottery wheel as a tool. You will create objects by throwing forms, distorting, stretching, joining and constructing. The aim is to broaden your skills and understanding of materials and techniques. You will be encouraged to explore, experiment, and develop your personal ideas.
What will we cover?
The creation of functional or non-functional objects from more than one thrown form. How to throw a slab, throw a coil and join them when soft or leather hard. Ideas and techniques for developing form and surface, including ways of evaluating proportion and balance.
No firing is required, however you can select pieces of work for biscuit-firing after the course, and return for a separate glazing workshop in September (‘Glazing your work’ VR767 / VR766).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assemble two or more thrown forms
- Demonstrate 3 techniques for developing ceramic forms and surfaces.
- Apply basic concepts of proportion and balance to your work.
- Evaluate your ideas.
- Identify and work to health and safety guidelines.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone who has basic throwing experience - through to those with more advanced skills.
If you are new to throwing we offer a beginners summer school: ‘Intensive throwing week: beginners and refreshers’ (course code VR772).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual tuition, slide lecture and visual information.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Tools are available within the department for use but you may bring your own favourites.
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 session mid- September if you would like to glaze work from your summer school (VR767,VR766 Glazing your work).
Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR711 Ceramics portfolio course
VR708 Pottery intermediate
VR737 Pottery evening course
VR778 Press-moulding with clay
Please check the 2017–2018 guide for the full range of ceramics courses.
After completing this course, depending on your level of experience, you may also be interested in VR710 Build Ceramics ‘ VR711 Ceramics portfolio course’, Please check the 2017–2018 prospectus for the full range of ceramics courses. Courses may be subject to change.
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