What is the course about?
This course gives an excellent opportunity for students with some previous knowledge of ceramics, to work
independently on ideas and self planned projects. Working alongside the Build Ceramic course students,
learners are able to use the equipment and materials within the department. Although the majority of the teaching
is given to the Build Ceramics course, the ceramic workshop students also receive tuition and advice throughout
17th September - 10th December 2018
14th January - 1st April 2019.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Freedom to do as I liked and to follow the structured course, when I liked."
What will we cover?
As this course is for students who want to work independently on ideas and techniques, the programme is
decided on by each student. If unsure, help is given to choose which area of work to pursue. You may also
want to join in on some of the projects given to the Build Ceramic students. These projects are - throwing on the
wheel, hand-building (slab building and coiling), design and sampling. Decoration and glazing is brought into each
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Research ideas, design and make ceramic forms, confidently and creatively
- Develop self planned projects and gain confidence in working independently
- Experience working with a broad range of decorating materials and techniques, including glazing.
- Have a knowledge and experience of working with different ceramic processes, using hand-built and thrown techniques.
- Have knowledge of the work of contemporary ceramicists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all students with some prior knowledge of Ceramics, and for those who are able to work largely on their own.
You will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through individual tuition, as well as ongoing class demonstrations. Feedback is given, with an
encouragement to develop personal ideas.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials are covered by the course fee.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 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.
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?
Ceramics: surface printing on clay - VR786.
Within Build you could progress onto the Build Ceramics course- VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course - VR711 or the Diploma Course in Ceramics - VR712, all of which are structured courses 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