Six-day taster course in ceramics

Course Dates: 09/01/22 - 13/02/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - 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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00

Course Code: VR740

Sun, day, 09 Jan - 13 Feb '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 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
forms you make. Work will be glazed and fired. A slide talk will be given on contemporary ceramics.

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 £2.00 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-

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