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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Viktoria Redman
  • Course Code W24CRSB12C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course at Morley College Waterloo will allow you to get a feel for what it is like to work with clay and begin to recognize its’ potential to make a form using the Potters wheel. It will give you the chance to explore ceramics for creative output, and in doing so improve your wellbeing. The course is aimed at beginners with a focus on the throwing fundamentals, clay preparation, centering, opening-out, pulling-up and controlling form. You will have the chance to produce completed forms with foot ring, handles, and all work will be fired to bisque (first firing) in preparation for glazing. We have a fully equipped studio with a wheel per student.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Prepare clay using wedging technique.
  • Practice hand placement to gain control for centring, opening and pulling up clay on wheel.
  • Make cylinders forms in practice for making mugs, jugs and bowls.
  • Complete the base of work with a foot-ring using Turning method.
  • Make handles and attach to a thrown form.
  • Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice.

Class format and activities

Demonstrations and activities are planned to suit a range of abilities such as left and right-handed placement The activities are designed to help with gaining confidence and understanding of clay whilst on the Potters wheel. Priority is given to beginners first. Students with more experience can ask for both group and individual demonstrations. New and returning students work alongside each other in a mutually supportive environment in which learning is taught both from the tutor and each other. A variety of learning resources are prepared and suggested such as books, exhibition and gallery visits, video, slideshows, handouts and examples.

Entry requirements

None – Beginners are welcome with no previous knowledge of ceramics.

What you need to know before you enrol

Excellent attendance and punctuality are required from all students, you need to be able to attend all five sessions to get the most out of this course. There is a £2 per kilo charge for clay on completion of work which includes the bisque and glaze firing. The ceramics studio is on the 3rd floor and there is lift access.

What you need

Pen and notebook, apron or old shirt, closed toe shoes. Please bring any clay tools you have, or you may choose to buy beginner's packs on sale for £10. Studio tools are available to use.

What you can do next

Continue onto Part 2 of Throwing on a Potters wheel. Or enrol in a Beginners / Mixed Level term course.