City Lit ceramics
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VR710
Duration: 25 sessions (over 29 weeks)
What is the course about?
This practical and structured ceramics course gives an excellent opportunity for students to work with a broad
variety of building and design techniques. You will develop an understanding of how to make clay pieces derived
from 2D research. You will also be taught and encouraged to experiment with decoration and glazes, and learn to
work with good workshop and health and safety practice.
What will we cover?
This course is divided into 4 main projects – throwing on the wheel, hand-building (slab building and coiling), design
and sampling. Decoration and glazing is brought into each project. 3 dimensional clay ideas will be developed from
2D drawings, and decorated clay surfaces are explored through sampling. Sampling will be divided into two areas.
1. Clay sampling will enable you to experiment with ceramic and non ceramic materials, colours, decoration
and glazing techniques.
2. Work on paper will give you an opportunity to develop surface patterns and 3D ideas, through surface
manipulations using printed, drawn and collaged techniques. These can be then be interpreted into clay.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate drawing skills using a variety of techniques
- Research, design and make ceramic forms, confidently and creatively
- Work to a specific brief
- Experience working with a broad range of decorating materials and techniques, including glazing
- Have knowledge and experience of working with different ceramic processes, using hand-built and thrown techniques
- Have knowledge of the work of contemporary ceramicist.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to beginners in Ceramics or those with some experience who require a structured course.
You will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English, as well as communicate information
clearly in writing. You will also need a basic mathematical understanding of adding and subtracting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group and individual tuition, as well as ongoing demonstrations. Project introduction is introduced in advance with research and design guidance. Regular feedback is given, with an encouragement to develop personal ideas. Ongoing help is given through a variety of visual references, handouts, slide presentations and exhibition information.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most ceramic materials are covered by the course fee.There is a charge of £20.00 per bag/ £10.00 per half bag for Porcelain. 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. You will be expected to show good workshop practice and follow health and safety guidelines.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within City Lit you could progress onto the Diploma Course in Ceramics - VR712 a structured course that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
Jim studied ceramics at Epsom, Goldsmiths and MPhil studies Royal College of Art. He has been working with clay/ceramics since 1974 and have been involved in Ceramics education since 1981 at Goldsmiths, Loughborough University, Camberwell School of Art and City Lit. Jim’s personal work is always about the amazing history and qualities of clay/ceramics - different clays-uses-firing processes-tactile-expressive-emotional nature of the medium.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.