What is the course about?
This is a course for beginners in Pottery. The course will give students an introduction to all main pottery techniques
including the hand-building techniques of pinching, coiling, press moulding and slab building. There will be an introduction to throwing on the wheel. Simple surface decoration, glazing and firing will also be taught.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"I learnt a huge amount in a short space of time. I liked that I got a good grounding in different techniques to help me decide what to continue with as a next step. The tutor was very helpful and encouraging as well as knowledgeable."
What will we cover?
The aim of this course is to teach basic pottery processes. The techniques taught are pinching, coiling, press moulding and slab building forms, simple throwing on a potter’s wheel, decoration and glazing of work. Kiln firing will be explained.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make simple forms using the techniques of:
- Slab building.
- Press moulding.
Decorate the forms with different surface decoration techniques.
Glaze your work using department glazes and understand how the work is fired.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for newcomers to pottery.
You should be able to understand simple written and verbal instructions to follow demonstrations and read handouts and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers in order to do very simple measurements and
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through a slide show, group and individual tuition and practical demonstrations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A more advanced course in pottery at the City Lit. At the end of the course you will be given information about further courses available for those who wish to continue.
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