Ceramics: architectural slab construction

Course Dates: 11/10/19 - 15/11/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Lauren Ilsley

A course constructing sculpture from slabs of clay. Develop analytical and making skills to building subtle, minimalist or bold complex ceramic structures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.


What is the course about?

On this course you will gain knowledge of slab building. This skill can be developed to build simple geometric shapes, repeating 3-Dimentional pattern and irregular multi-faceted objects.
The course will introduce various techniques of mark making onto clay, including slip decoration, to give you the choice to add texture, pattern and colour to your work.

What will we cover?

Slab building straight and curved wall, various ways to create texture onto the clay surface using tools and found objects. Slip application by painting, stencilling, slip trailing, feathering, marbling, sgraffito and inlay.

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

- Slab build a variety of forms.
- Have the ability to add pattern and texture to the clay surface.
- Know how to work with the clay in different states.
- Understand how surface and form work together.

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

The course is suitable for those new to Ceramics and those with some previous experience.

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

Through practical demonstrations to the group, and individual discussions with the tutor. You are welcome to research any ideas, artists and other sources of inspiration for the next session.
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

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

Sensible/old clothing is advised. There is a cost of £1.80 per 500g for clay before the first firing.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit Ceramics offers a range of part-time, full-time courses and workshops at different levels. Students will be encouraged to progress onto more challenging projects at their individual level. There will also be a session mid- September if you would like to glaze work from your summer school (VR767,VR766 Glazing your work).

Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR711 Ceramics portfolio course
VR708 Pottery intermediate
VR737 Pottery evening course
VR778 Press-moulding with clay
Please check online for the full range of ceramics courses.

After completing this course, depending on your level of experience, you may also be interested in VR710 City Lit Ceramics ‘ VR711 Ceramics portfolio course’, Please check online for the full range of ceramics courses. Courses may be subject to change.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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I found this course inspirational. If you like the freedom to create interesting contemporary ceramic sculptures then sign up immediately
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Review by Andrew / (Posted on 02/08/2019)
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Course Code: VR800

Fri, eve, 11 Oct - 15 Nov '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £249.00

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