Our Pottery courses and workshops are open to anybody who wants to either learn basic skills or build on their previous experience. Our flexible approach allows us to respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of students who may want to explore a variety of specialist techniques. At the same time we offer a structured curriculum for those with no previous experience to make sure all the essential techniques are covered. You will learn in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate Health and Safety provision. Your tutor will guide you through the processes and be on hand at all times to answer questions and help you through the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with clay. We offer pottery workshops for beginners and improvers.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The areas covered are: all kinds of making, including coiling, pinching, slab and throwing on the wheel. Surface decoration: including the use of slips and glazes and basic printing on clay and the use of both stoneware and earthenware glazes. Each tutor brings their area of expertise to their class and our tutors are experienced, highly knowledgeable working potters. Basic sketchbook work is an integral part of your development as an artist; you will be encouraged to visit museums and galleries.
HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There is no formal assessment for workshop classes. Your tutor will talk to you about your work on an ongoing basis, give you plenty of feedback and encourage critical thinking and self-evaluation.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
One you have worked your way through the pottery courses you may wish to pursue one of our other leisure courses such as Watercolours.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
We encourage you to buy some tools if needed and wear old and protective clothing, though we do have some available for general use. There is a small charge for finished pieces after their final firing.
There are a number of start dates and study options for this course. Call the Advice Centre on 01772 22 55 22 for more information.
Some experience of working with clay and an ability to work independently.