Pottery: Saturday throwing course
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VR723
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a level 2 throwing course. This ceramics course is an opportunity for students with some experience to
improve their throwing skills, and for beginners to learn the basic skills and techniques of making thrown pots.
As well as throwing forms and turning, you will have the chance to develop shapes and experiment with constructions, as well as working on a larger scale. You will also find out about slip, oxide and glaze decoration
What will we cover?
We will cover all the basic making processes, including clay preparation and simple shape forming – bowls, vases,
mugs, jugs and lidded forms. Coloured slip and oxide decoration will be introduced. There will be an opportunity for
those interested to experiment further with throwing and assembling.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a level of skill and understanding of the principles of throwing
- Throw basic forms
- Throw a 'bellied' form
- Decorate and glaze pieces
- Set further goals in discussion with the tutor
- Further develop and refine your personal ideas
- Practise and improve your throwing skills
- Evaluate your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anybody with an interest in throwing, from complete beginners to more experienced
students who want to develop their skills further.
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?
By group and individual demonstrations supported by discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as visual references, books, ceramic examples and handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring an old towel and 10 rubbish bags of 20 litres. 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.
There are tools available to use within the department, but you may want to purchase your own as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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 Art and Design Foundation Diploma Course- VA648 or VA646 or the Diploma Course in Ceramics-VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.
Carina Ciscato was born in Sao Paulo Brazil, in 1970. After graduating in Industrial Design in ’92 in Sao Paulo, she was introduced to Studio Pottery in Krefeld Germany where she spent 1 year working in the studio of Marietta Cremer. Upon return to Brazil she became apprentice to Lucia Ramenzoni, one of Sao Paulo’s leading potters. Following her 6 year apprenticeship and a number of courses in the US, Carina starts to show her work in local galleries and through museum shops. In 1999 Carina moved to London where she became an assistant in the studio of Julian Stair and Edmund de Waal. The move from Brazil to the UK and the change in culture and attitudes to ceramics has seen exciting new directions. Since 2003 Carina established her studio in Vanguard Court, South London where she still works to this present day. www.carinaciscato.co.uk
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.