What is the course about?
The 4 day course focusing on ceramics since 1900 until the present day, you will investigate _the material, the broad range of techniques, surface finishes, and genre applied by national and internationally renowned artist. Working from the visual notes and sketches gathered from V & A you will develop your initial idea/s to the final ceramic sculpture using the appropriate ceramic technique.
What will we cover?
• National & International Ceramics from V & A for inspiration: visual research, influences, ceramic technique, surface finish, ‘sculptural’ forms.
• Sketching and visual research using sketchbooks
• Developing a sketchbook to inform, develop & create a small final ceramic sculpture
Demonstrations and mini talks:
• Design: proportion; scale:
• Clay held within studio:
• Hand-building techniques:
• Surface finishes: coloured clay slip
• Create a ceramic sculptural form from you own sketches and studies using correct clay body: technique etc.
• H & S materials & equipment used within the course: practice in Ceramic Studio [Room 307].
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have an understanding of the broad range of ceramics since 1900 until the present time.
• Name three historical and contemporary ceramic artists’: their ceramic technique/s.
• Develop a personal sketchbook in response to off-site visit at V & A Ceramic Galleries to develop ideas
• Demonstrate basic skills and techniques of the various stages of hand-building techniques and surface texture: colour how to create a ceramic form .
• Use your visual research and ideas to create a ceramic sculpture in response to V & A Ceramic Galleries.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is intermediate level for those with some drawing, sketching and sculpting experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Week One: Off- site visit V & A
Mini Talks: Group discussion 1:1 & group demonstrations: guidance and practical application.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please buy an A4 sketchbook and drawing materials for off site visit.
All other materials will be provided.
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