What is the course about?
Hands on studio based making course open to all levels and abilities. Students will develop a knowledge of clays, slips, oxides, stains and glazes. Develop a visual and practical awareness of clay and making, increasing perception of pottery and the ceramic world. Ability to work self-directed using skills learnt with a creative and personal approach.
What will we cover?
Learning through making, week by week students can explore a variety of making techniques in clay: coiling, slab-building, press moulds and throwing, with an introduction to decorating techniques, mark making and textures, clay types and additions and basic glazing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Learn and use new skills, techniques and making processes.
- Design and make pieces exploring own ideas in clay.
- Understand the decorative and finishing aesthetics of slips, oxides & glazes.
- Work with clay and glaze confidently and creatively.
- Be aware of and work to health and safety guidelines
- Further develop your personal ideas.
- Set advanced personal objectives in discussion with the tutor.
- Practise, improve and enhance your skills in making ceramic forms.
The course will enhance making skills and confidence levels, developing a good studio practice with the knowledge and skills to work independently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at all levels and abilities and is open to anybody interested in working with clay. Total beginners are welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, printed hand-outs and health and safety information, you will be invited to take part in any group discussions. 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?
Group and individual demonstrations following a weekly session outline, supported by discussions and visual examples, but mainly learning through hands-on making, exploring self-initiated personal projects.
No additional work will be set but sketch book work and additional research is encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Tools are available within the department for use but you may want to purchase your own. Your tutor will advise you which tools to purchase. There is a charge of £2.00 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge is £20.00 per bag/ £10.00 per half bag. Ensure that you bring with you a suitable pair of closed shoes, e.g. not open toed sandals. You will be expected to show good workshop practice and follow health and safety guidelines.
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?
Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course -VR737, VR708, VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course -VR711, the Diploma Course in Ceramics - VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.