Beginners' throwing course

Course Dates: 08/10/20 - 12/11/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: 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:.

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What is the course about?

This six evening course is all about working on the potter’s wheel, developing skills, technique and confidence to
successfully throw clay. Firing will be discussed.

What will we cover?

All of the basic techniques will be covered, including clay preparation and reclaim, throwing cylinders, bowls, bellied pots and controlling form through to more complicated lidded pots. Students with more experience will be encouraged to develop different approaches to working with scale and altering and assembling forms as well as developing their own projects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Centre clay on the potter’s wheel
- Make simple forms such as mugs, jugs and bowls with control
- Make and fix handles to your work
- Turn a foot-ring on a bowl and use turning tools to accentuate a form
- Demonstrate how to measure and throw a lid to fit a jar.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to anybody with an interest in making pots on the potter’s wheel, from the complete beginner who has never worked with clay or the potter’s wheel before, to the more experienced student who wishes to develop their skills further.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and individual demonstrations supported by discussions and visual presentations. Information will be
provided on modern makers, galleries and exhibitions for students who want to extend their knowledge further.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There will be a cost of £2.00 per 500g of clay before the first firing. Porcelain has an additional cost of £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag.

A range of tools are available to use within the department, and Starter Tool Kits are available for purchase.
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?

Part-time, full-time courses and workshops are available at City Lit. Advanced students will be encouraged into more adventurous projects.

Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR724 Pottery on Saturdays
VR737 Pottery evening course
VR718 An Introduction to Throwing & Decoration
VR786 Ceramics: surface printing on clay
Please check the 2019–2020 guide for the full range of ceramics courses.

Tutor Biographies
Trish Spence

Trish is a ceramicist living and working at her multimedia studio in London. She currently teaches ceramics at City Lit and the WMC Camden, (The Working Men's College). She is also a visiting practitioner at the London Collge of Fashion (UAL). Trish has a Degree (First) and an MA in Ceramics from UWIC, (University of Wales in Cardiff). Her degree work was chosen for FRESH at the British Ceramics Biennial in 2011 and by The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (Nceca) in 2012, for an exhibition in Seattle. She has work in both public and private collections. After university Trish was chosen as ceramicist in residence at the prestigious Harrow School for boys in London. Adult education has now become Trish's main teaching direction, enjoying the enthusiasm and determination that adults bring to the learning environment. Having started her creative path in ceramics through adult education, prior to university and with several years of teaching across a wide spectrum of learners, her experience and wide skill set make her a dynamic and innovative teacher.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VR797

Thu, eve, 08 Oct - 12 Nov '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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