Five day taster course in ceramics

Course Dates: 27/04/25 - 25/05/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery - throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.
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Full fee £539.00 Senior fee £431.00 Concession £350.00

Five day taster course in ceramics
  • Course Code: VR776
  • Dates: 27/04/25 - 25/05/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Alex Simpson

Course Code: VR776

Sun, day, 27 Apr - 25 May '25

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This enjoyable course is for beginners who would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery –
throwing, pinching, coiling, and slab building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course. Kiln firing will be briefly explained and all work will be fired.

What will we cover?

The aim of this course is to introduce basic pottery techniques. You will learn to make pinch and coiled forms, slab
built forms and simple thrown forms. You will be shown simple surface decoration techniques and apply them to
the work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Make simple forms using the techniques of:
- Pinching
- Coiling
- Slab building
- Throwing
- Decorate the forms with coloured slips
- Glaze your work using department glazes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for newcomers to pottery. You should be able to understand simple written and verbal instructions to follow demonstrations and read handouts and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers in order to do very simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through practical demonstration, group and individual tuition.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There is a charge of £2.50 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 for beginners and improvers- VR794. At the end of the course you will be given information about further courses available for those who wish to continue.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

Alex Simpson Tutor Website

Alex Simpson is a practising artist, teacher and technician. Her area of specialism is hand building sculptural forms, but she teaches a wide range of ceramic techniques to children and adults. As well as City Lit she teaches ceramics at The London Sculpture workshop, Westminster Under School and from her studio. She has also worked as a technician at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited work across the UK. In 2016 she was selected by the Barbican Arts Group Trust to undertake a solo exhibition Through Viscera at Black Horse Lane. In 2017 she was selected for the Award exhibition at the British Ceramics Biennial Stoke-on-Trent where she created a site-specific installation. Recent exhibitions include, We Sit Together For a Minute, Thames Side Studio Gallery London, Undertow, Sluice Gallery, London and The Bodies That Remain, Horse Hospital, London. In 2015 She graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Ceramics and Glass. She has a background in drawing and printmaking holding a BA in Illustration from the University of Brighton.

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.