Pottery: a taster course in throwing
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VR748
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This five-day taster pottery course in throwing introduces you to the basic techniques of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel to make finished pots. You will also learn to decorate and finish your work using slips and glazes.
What will we cover?
You will learn how to prepare clay, how to centre it on the potter’s wheel and throw basic forms such as mugs, jugs and bowls. Different ways to decorate your work, using coloured slips and glazes will be demonstrated and students will be encouraged to experiment with surface decoration. In the final week there will be an opportunity for a final project – either producing a lidded jar or throwing with porcelain.
There will be opportunities to see the work of modern ceramicists who work on the wheel through books and a visual presentation.
As part of the course you will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to collect and note down your ideas and
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Centre clay on the potter’s wheel
- Make functional pieces, such as mugs, jugs or bowls
- Finish forms by turning - for example turning a foot ring on a bowl
- Pull a handle and attach it to your work
- Decorate and finish your work using slips and glazes
- Make a small jar with a fitted lid OR throw using porcelain.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for beginners and for those who may have had some experience working with clay and want
to learn how to throw. Anybody with enthusiasm is welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions given in demonstrations and health and safety guidelines and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This very practical course will start with demonstrations of different techniques each week, with lots of opportunity for individual work supported by one-to-one advice and tuition. There will also be a presentation of other artists’ work, handouts and time for group discussion.
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/ £10.00per half bag. There is a communal pottery tool box for all students to use.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within the City Lit there are a number of classes for you to progress onto. Your tutor will talk to you about relevant courses.
Trish is a ceramicist living and working at her multimedia studio in London. She currently teaches ceramics at City Lit and the WMC Camden, (The Working Men's College). She is also a visiting practitioner at the London Collge of Fashion (UAL). Trish has a Degree (First) and an MA in Ceramics from UWIC, (University of Wales in Cardiff). Her degree work was chosen for FRESH at the British Ceramics Biennial in 2011 and by The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (Nceca) in 2012, for an exhibition in Seattle. She has work in both public and private collections. After university Trish was chosen as ceramicist in residence at the prestigious Harrow School for boys in London. Adult education has now become Trish's main teaching direction, enjoying the enthusiasm and determination that adults bring to the learning environment. Having started her creative path in ceramics through adult education, prior to university and with several years of teaching across a wide spectrum of learners, her experience and wide skill set make her a dynamic and innovative teacher.
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.