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 £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 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?
Ceramics surface printing on clay - VR786
Thursday evening pottery: advanced level – VR791
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.