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 and glazing, 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.
- You will have the opportunity to construct complex ceramic sculpture, by building clay forms, dissecting and then
reassembling them in a new way.
- You will be introduced to the work of historical and contemporary artists, designers and architects for inspiration.
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.
- Work with the clay in different states.
- Make sculpture that shows an understanding of composition. For example, with surface and form that work
together, or a range of objects that complement each other.
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 encouraged to think about your ideas, and research artists/designers/architects and other sources of
inspiration relevant to your work between classes, but this is not compulsory. Your tutor can give you guidance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sensible/old clothing is advised. There is a cost of £2.00 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. .
Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR711 Ceramics portfolio course
VR708 Pottery intermediate
VR737 Pottery evening course
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.