What is the course about?
This course is aimed at students who have previously completed an intermediate or advanced ceramics course. It will give you the chance to explore new ways of seeing and developing personal ideas. Students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook, investigating ideas through drawing, mixed media and found image. Projects will be offered that will enable you to expand your ceramic vocabulary: hand building, surface treatment and glazing, and discussion and self-evaluation will be at the core of the course. The more independent advanced students will be encouraged to develop an individual project and deepen knowledge of appropriate approaches to making.
What will we cover?
We will cover various fundamental techniques for making ceramics: methods of hand building and surface
treatment, as well as firing temperatures and glazes, which lend added weight to the theme.
We will discuss ways of developing and expressing personal ideas throughout the classes, using visual research to explore and enlarge the content of work. Alongside this you with be sharing inspiration with fellow students.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explore the potential of clay from wet soft to leather hard
- Make work using any of the following techniques: slab building – coiling – press/sprig moulding – uses of slip
- Understand more about glazes and methods of application
- Learn the value of constructive self-criticism, and speak confidently about your own work and that of fellow
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for students at an intermediate or advanced level. You should have some previous experience of ceramics, be keen to learn new skills and techniques and be open to learning new ways of thinking, making and
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and health and safety rules.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstration, group and individual tuition, discussions, PowerPoint and handouts.
You will be expected to further your research in your own time.
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 charge for porcelain is £20.00 per bag/ £10.00 per half bag.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will get feedback from your tutor as to the best way forward
Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course - VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course -
VR711 or the Diploma Course in Ceramics - VR712, all of which are structured courses.