Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Contemporary Crafts at City Lit is the place to develop your making skills. Our classes explore material, technique, process and idea and will encourage you to set and solve creative problems. Basketry, Bookbinding, Calligraphy and Mosaics courses are offered throughout the year, ranging from short modules to two-year programmes of study.

Our studios are perfectly equipped for each discipline, we work hard to design our courses perfectly to take advantage of our facilities. And, we keep those facilities up to date, with regular improvements to equipment and tools.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Recently built, our Design and Digital Lab has enabled the development of craft courses with a digital element such as laser cutting – check out our 3D and digital design and making page for a full list of these exciting new courses.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Ceramics on Sunday

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £335.00

  2. Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration

    Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn basic throwing skills to enable you to make a variety of forms including bowls, vases and lidded forms. Gain a basic understanding of surface decoration using glazes, underglazes, oxides and slips.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £304.00

  3. Ceramics workshop

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For those who have attended City Lit Ceramics or Ceramics Portfolio courses at City Lit.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £929.00
    Senior fee: £743.00
    Concession: £567.00

  4. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper in flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  5. Ceramics: advanced throwing

    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Build on your existing skills by exploring form and surface. Create functional or non-functional objects by throwing, cutting and later assembling different components and learning repetition throwing Advanced level, requiring throwing skills.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £519.00
    Concession: £396.00

  6. Glaze technology: exploring materials, making and modifying glazes

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course combines theory with practice to give you an understanding of what a glaze is and how glazes work. You will be introduced to ceramic raw materials, discover how they combine to create glazes and learn the difference between shiny, satin and matte glazes. You will learn how to plan and carry out glaze testing programmes to colour and modify a glaze and to develop your own glazes.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £479.00
    Senior fee: £479.00
    Concession: £292.00

  7. Beginners' throwing course

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to throw mugs, bowls and lidded jars. Intermediate students can use this course to refresh their skills on the wheel. Tutor:.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 11 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  9. Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds

    Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the trade of rubies, sapphires and emeralds, different types of these precious stones on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Pottery for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery using the main pottery techniques of hand-building and throwing. Simple surface decoration, glazing and firing will also be taught.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £469.00
    Concession: £286.00

  11. Basketry: weaving in willow

    Basketry: weaving in willow

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore basic willow basketry structures and weaves. This course will guide beginners through a simple project to make a small, round, functional basket.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Pottery: a taster course in throwing

    Pottery: a taster course in throwing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this four-day course.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

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