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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability No
  • Tutor Viktoria Redman
  • Course Code W21CRSA04B

What you will learn

This course at Morley College Waterloo Centre will allow you to get a feel of what it is like to work with clay and begin to recognise its’ potential to make a forms using the potters throwing wheel. We will look at different types of clay and learn how to shape and mould it, experiment with some options for decorating the clay surface through mark making and completing the form with a basic introduction to glazing. 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 and 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:

  • Practice preparing clay, wedging, recycling etc
  • Gain skills in the fundamental throwing techniques eg centring, opening out and pulling up
  • Explore throwing a range of shapes
  • Practice turning to complete the bases of work
  • Demonstrate awareness of health and safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards others

Cost

  • Full fee
    £155
  • Concession fee
    £115
  • Class format and activities

    Observation of demonstrations of the individual techniques of throwing and turning and practice these to achieve the result required. Discussion on forms and feedback linked to course learning outcomes and own personal goals, discussed at the beginning of the course. Group and individual tutorials. "Show and Tell" session of finished work. Observation of basic glazing demonstration and personal application. forms and feedback linked to course learning outcomes and own personal goals, discussed at the beginning of the course. Group and individual tutorials. "Show and Tell" session of finished work. Observation of basic glazing demonstration and personal application.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for beginner level or for those who need a refresher.

    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 (back problems, for example) please talk to your 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 are 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, which includes the bisque and glaze firing.

    What you can do next

    Morley College offers a wide range of courses at all levels of ability, including a certified HND Ceramics course. Students can also look to progress onto other part or full time Ceramics or 3D courses such as BETC, BA degree or MA postgraduate courses Your tutor is also happy to advise you in setting up your own studio. After several years of study many students progress to setting up their own ceramic practice and exhibiting in open studio weekends, local and national craft fairs.r at Morley College, BETC, BA degree or MA postgraduate courses. Your tutor is also happy to advise in setting up your own studio. Many students go on after several years’ experience to setting up their own ceramic practice and exhibiting in open studio/house weekends and local and national craft fairs and galleries.