What is the course about?
This is a hands-on ceramics class which covers all the making techniques, including glazing and simple
glaze mixing. It is open to the complete beginner and to the more advanced and experienced student. You will be able to develop a visual and practical awareness and increase your overall perception of pottery and ceramics. This is based on learning all the basic skills required in making ceramics and applying the discipline in developing a creative and personal approach.
What will we cover?
You will be taught the range of making skills week by week, so that you become familiar with the variety of
techniques that go towards making ceramics. The basic making skills, decorative process involving slip and glazes will also be covered, so at the end of the introductory period you should have the knowledge and skills to work independently and in a more personal way.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use skills and techniques relevant to all the making processes
- Design and make pots using personal ideas
- Understand the decorative and finishing aspects of glazes
- Work with clay and glaze confidently and creatively
- Be aware of and work to health and safety guidelines
- Further develop your personal ideas
- Set further goals in discussion with the tutor
- Practise and improve your skills in making ceramic forms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at all levels and is open to anybody with an interest in working with clay. No previous experience is necessary.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and
safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and
be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group and individual demonstrations supported by discussions and visual references, but mainly learning by
doing. Working at home with visual ideas is optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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 of £1.80 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge 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?
VR708 Pottery Intermediate.
Within Build you could progress onto the Build Ceramics course - VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course -VR711, 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