What is the course about?
This ceramics course will enable you to develop your skills to enable you to work more independently. The range of
projects will include hand building and throwing, developing decoration and glazing skills.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Good atmosphere and the ability to pursue individual projects with help from the tutor throughout."
What will we cover?
Ideas will be developed through sketchbooks in relation to three-dimensional form, colour, texture, mark making and
imagery. You will be encouraged to gain inspiration by doing visual research.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop ideas in sketchbooks
- Use clay decorating slips
- Use various hand building techniques such as slab building
- Make functional objects
- Develop skills for decoration and glazing
- Set a brief in discussion with the tutor to enable you to work independently
- Further develop personal ideas and approaches.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for either the beginner or those with previous experience.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and
safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through group and individual tuition and demonstrations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most ceramic materials are covered by the course fee.There is a charge of £2.00 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge is £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag. Tools are available within the department for use but you may want to purchase your own.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10%
discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you
should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross
shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions
apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will get feedback from your tutor which on which courses to progress. Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course- VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course-VR711 or the Diploma Course in Ceramics-VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
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