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  • Adults / 19+

Quick Facts

  • Availability No
  • Tutor Shelley Wilson
  • Course Code VCE004C

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What you will learn

This course at the Morley College Waterloo Centre is ideal for those wishing to increase both technical and design skills as well as develop a more profess ional approach. Whilst working on own and group projects you will be encouraged to experiment with different methods of making, decorating and glazin g techniques, in order to promote individual creative potential. New and returning students work alongside each other in a mutually supportive environme nt in which you will learn both from your tutor and each other. All students must follow physical distancing guidelines as explained by your tutor. There is a reduction in the course maximum of students in the Ceramics studio, which has been adapted to facilitate a safe learning environment. Students are asked to bring their own apron or coveralls to wear in the studio an d a personal hand towel, both to take home and wash between sessions. Before and after using any shared equipment, students will be asked to wash their hands. We strongly advise you bring and wear a face protector. Please bring and use you own tools - we also have basic tool packs to purchase.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Further develop chosen making skills in a range of ceramic techniques e.g.. hand-building, throwing, decoration and glazing
  • Discuss and question appropriate techniques and materials in order to develop individual project work
  • Develop an awareness of historical and contemporary approaches in ceramics
  • Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards others.


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    Entry requirements

    The course is for students who have previously practiced the fundamental techniques and processes involved in ceramics. Students are expected to have had at least 2 terms, ideally 3, on the beginners programme before enrolling in these classes. Please do read carefully to ensure it’s the appropriate class. You should have the following: - A good working knowledge of the ceramic process and all core hand-building construction techniques. - A good basic knowledge of slips, oxide and glaze applications methods. - If using the Wheel you should be already able to centre the clay. Demonstrations will be ongoing and specific to the groups requirements. These classes have none of the basic methods demonstrated and are meant for you to develop and refine your skills and personal projects. However, there will be practical demonstrations of all the above to enhance and develop your understanding and skills. If the tutor thinks you do not have the appropriate level of skill required they may ask you to join a beginners class. If you are still unsure which level is suitable, please contact the tutor.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Both wheel throwing and wedging clay requires a moderate level of physical fitness – if you have any concerns or requirements please discuss this with y our tutor who will be happy to give guidance, or assistance if required. The ceramics studio is on the 3rd floor and there is lift access.

    What you need

    A notebook and pen is useful. You will also need an apron or old shirt. Your tutor will advise you about which tools to purchase. We make a £2 per kilo charge for clay used before the first firing only.

    Class format and activities

    You will practice and develop both skill and creativity through personal project work, with guidance from your tutor. Your tutor will demonstrate and discu ss a wide range of methods in all hand-building, decorating, glazing and on-glaze techniques for you to explore as appropriate. You will be encouraged to share practice, self-assess and problem solve, through both group and individual discussions, in order to meet your personal learning goals, as discussed w ith your tutor at the start of the course. You will be introduced to both current and historical ceramic practice through slideshows and encouraged to visit m useums and galleries to compliment your contextual study. Your tutor will produce a wide range of resources and reference material for your use.