Pottery on Saturdays
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This is a flexible ceramics course. For the beginner there will be simple projects to follow that teach the basics of pottery: throwing, hand building, surface decoration and glazing. The more advanced students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and styles of making.
What will we cover?
We will cover the different ways of making ceramics: hand building, exploring clay from wet soft to leather hard, throwing and surface decoration. Glazing and firing will be taught. In addition, we will cover ways of developing and expressing personal ideas through making, working in sketchbooks and discussing ideas with fellow students and the teaching staff.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make ceramic pieces through one or more of the following methods:
- Slab building
- Press moulding
- Use a sketchbook effectively to investigate new ideas, and document learning
- Decorate these pieces with a variety of surface decoration processes
- Glaze your work
- Develop your ideas through experimentation and discussion.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners and intermediate students.
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 practical demonstrations, group and individual tuition, slide talks and hand-outs. Using a Sketch Book both in class time and from week to week where appropriate.
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 £20:00 per bag/ £10:00 per half bag.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pottery on Saturdays: intermediate – VR725
Your tutor will advise you on which courses to progress. Within City Lit you could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course - 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.
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Upon leaving school, Annie gained a place on the foundation course at Suffolk College. Annie went on to study 3D Design Pottery-Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic obtaining a BA Hons Degree. She also gained an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art London In 1983, Annie set up her studio in London and began teaching in Adult education whilst making work for exhibitions. Annie acquired a wealth of experience teaching all levels and was recently asked why she liked teaching. Annie’s reply: 'It’s an enriching experience and a privilege. I meet students from all walks of life and from many different parts of the world'. Annie encourages students to create highly individual work. Annie has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally. Her work can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum and The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, amongst others. Annie was recently shortlisted for the Loewe crafts prize award the finalists’ exhibition taking place in Tokyo - Japan. Annie’s work can be seen online: Annie Turner Ceramics.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.