What is the course about?
This pottery taster course for beginners will guide you through a range of techniques for making 3D forms, including pinching, slabbing, coiling and throwing. You may select pieces of work to be fired for an additional glazing working shop in September (‘Glazing your work’ VR767 / VR766).
What will we cover?
This highly practical course will cover:
- Materials preparation
- A range of hand-building techniques
- Introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel
- Adding colour and texture detail to clay
- Discussion of drying and firing processes (selected work will be fired after the course).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare materials and make pinch pots
- Roll and join clay to form soft-slab pots
- Form and join coils to make coil pots
- Throw clay on the potter’s wheel
- Decorate finished forms using coloured slips.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for those new to working with clay.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support 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?
The course is practical, with group and individual demonstrations and explanations. There will also be an opportunity to look at and discuss the work of current and recent makers.
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.
For health and safety reasons you should wear closed footwear (no sandals or flip flops) and be aware that clothes may get messy although aprons will be provided.
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 glazing session mid- September if you would like to glaze work from your summer school (course codes VR767, VR766).
Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR710 Build Ceramics
VR724 Pottery on Saturdays
VR737 Pottery: evening course
VR774 Pottery: the hand-built pot
VR718 Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration
Please check the 2017–2018 guide for the full range of ceramics courses.
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