What is the course about?
This practical and structured ceramics course gives an excellent opportunity for students to work with a broad
variety of building and design techniques. You will develop an understanding of how to make clay pieces derived
from 2D research. You will also be taught and encouraged to experiment with decoration and glazes, and learn to
work with good workshop and health and safety practice.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"To have a full day of making ceramics, the course is very experimental and the facilities are excellent and so is the tutor."
What will we cover?
This course is divided into 4 main projects – throwing on the wheel, hand-building (slab building and coiling), design
and sampling. Decoration and glazing is brought into each project. 3 dimensional clay ideas will be developed from
2D drawings, and decorated clay surfaces are explored through sampling. Sampling will be divided into two areas.
1. Clay sampling will enable you to experiment with ceramic and non ceramic materials, colours, decoration
and glazing techniques.
2. Work on paper will give you an opportunity to develop surface patterns and 3D ideas, through surface
manipulations using printed, drawn and collaged techniques. These can be then be interpreted into clay.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate drawing skills using a variety of techniques
- Research, design and make ceramic forms, confidently and creatively
- Work to a specific brief
- Experience working with a broad range of decorating materials and techniques, including glazing
- Have knowledge and experience of working with different ceramic processes, using hand-built and thrown techniques
- Have knowledge of the work of contemporary ceramicist.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to beginners in Ceramics or those with some experience who require a structured course.
You will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English, as well as communicate information
clearly in writing. You will also need a basic mathematical understanding of adding and subtracting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group and individual tuition, as well as ongoing demonstrations. Project introduction is introduced in advance with research and design guidance. Regular feedback is given, with an encouragement to develop personal ideas. Ongoing help is given through a variety of visual references, handouts, slide presentations and exhibition information.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most ceramic materials are covered by the course fee.There is a charge of £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag for Porcelain. Tools are available within the department for use but you may want to purchase your own. 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?
Within Build you could progress onto the Diploma Course in Ceramics - VR712 a structured course that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
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