What is the course about?
This enjoyable course is for beginners who would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery –
throwing, pinching, coiling, and slab building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course. Kiln firing
will be briefly explained and all work will be fired.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"The course was actioned packed but very well paced and highly enjoyable."
"Teaching was excellent. I appreciated hw quickly we got into practical work and how well the four sessions tied in / progressed."
What will we cover?
The aim of this course is to introduce basic pottery techniques. You will learn to make pinch and coiled forms, slab
built forms and simple thrown forms. You will be shown simple surface decoration techniques and apply them to the
forms you make. Work will be glazed and fired. A slide talk will be given on contemporary ceramics.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make simple forms using the techniques of:
- Slab building
- Decorate the forms with coloured slips
- Glaze your work using department glazes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for newcomers to pottery. You should be able to understand simple written and verbal instructions to follow demonstrations and read handouts and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers in order to do very simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstration, group and individual tuition.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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?
Pottery for beginners and improvers- VR794. At the end of the course you will be given information about further courses available for those who wish to continue.
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