Intermediate handbuilding

Course Dates: 07/07/24 - 11/08/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore your personal creative ideas in clay, increase your making and decorating skills. Use a range of hand building techniques to develop your practical skills and expand your knowledge of ceramic materials.
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Intermediate handbuilding
  • Course Code: VR785
  • Dates: 07/07/24 - 11/08/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Josie Warshaw

Course Code: VR785

Sun, day, 07 Jul - 11 Aug '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is a 6 day ceramics course which gives opportunity to plan, develop and make your personal ideas as the
course progresses.

What will we cover?

- Consideration of what makes a finished piece of work successful / convincing
- Designing and planning personal work using a range of hand building techniques
- Investigation and experimentation of surface treatment and texture.

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

- Plan your own work
- Creatively explore texture, colour and glaze application on and into the clay surface
- Use clay, slips, glaze, oxides and commercial colours
- Make a piece or pieces of work using a combination of different hand building techniques such as coiling and
pinching and press moulding and or slab building
- Build by extruding and or modelling and hollowing
- Assemble and alter clay components.

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

This course is suitable for people who already have some clay making experience and wish to add to their hand
building with clay experience. It is helpful to this course if you are familiar with the process required to reach a
finished fired result.

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

Examples of work, group discussion, hands on work, demonstrations, design research work outside the course is

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

The college will supply basic materials, there may be other materials that may be bought at cost from the college.
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?

You could progress onto the City Lit Ceramics course - VR710, the Ceramics Portfolio Course - VR711, Ceramics diploma Course - VR712, all of which are structured courses that can lead to higher education or independent studio practice.

There are a variety of ceramic classes during the day and evening. See the course guide for term dates and further details.
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-

Josie Warshaw

Trained as a thrower at Harrow School of Art on the Studio Pottery Course Josie went on to work in production studios in both raw fired earthenware and stoneware, domestic ware. Her own work is hand built using thinly rolled sheets of clay combined with pinching and coiling using a white grogged clay. Initially fired in an electric kiln the work is then earthenware, sawdust or raku fired. Josie’s work blends serious with an infusion of comicality whilst referencing personal experiences and observations. Her work has been sold in England and overseas to private and public collections. It can be seen in her studio at Open Studios at Kingsgate Workshop Trust. For over 40 years Josie has combined studio practice at Kingsgate with teaching ceramics in adult education: Camberwell School of Art, Camden Arts Centre and the Architectural Association. Josie’s commissioned writing includes “The Complete Practical Potter” and “Beginners Ceramic Handbook” still available for purchase online. / maker Instagram: josiewarshawceramics

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.