What is the course about?
This ceramics course offers the opportunity for you to learn the basic skills and techniques for making thrown pots.
You will learn clay preparation, and how to throw and turn basic forms. This will enable you to develop personal
shapes and experiment with constructions. You will also find out about slips, underglazes, oxides and a variety of
glazes, and how to use them in surface decoration.
What will we cover?
This course covers all the basic making processes including clay preparation, simple shape forming and
turning to produce bowls, jugs, vases and mugs, as well as lidded forms, and a variety of handles.
If you are interested, you can explore throwing techniques further by assembling forms to produce larger pieces. Decorative techniques and glazing will be introduced, using a variety of methods, ceramic materials and different firing temperatures.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Throw cylinders and bowls, including vases and mugs
- Make and fix handles
- Turn forms to finish a foot
- Throw and measure a lid to fit a pot
- Use different techniques with coloured slips and oxides
Intermediate learners will be able to:
- Experiment with changes in scale
- Work with altered forms and assembly.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone with an interest in throwing and decoration, from complete beginners to more experienced students wishing to develop their skills.
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. You should be able to use numbers and
be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class is taught by ongoing group and individual demonstrations and tuition, and is supported by visual
references, examples of work and handouts.
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?
Ceramics: surface decoration on clay – VR719 and Pottery on Saturdays - VR725. Your tutor will advice you on progression possibilities.
Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course - VR710 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