Create with Clay

Ref: C2346561

This course is designed to enable students to design and make a range of hand built pottery. Learn how to shape and form clay by pinching, coiling, slabbing and press moulding. Explore and use different techniques of applying texture, pattern and colour to enhance the surface of clay. Develop skills in under glaze and glaze application. Use of sketch books will be encouraged to support research and idea development. Students will have opportunities to explore personal projects developing creative skills and bring ideas to life. Experience and share the excitement of the pottery process from raw clay to the fired kiln.

Course aim

To enable students to design, make and decorate hand built pottery work using earthenware clay and glaze. To create a personal response to working with clay. To develop self esteem, confidence and personal skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Select and use moulds/objects to form and shape clay
  • Demonstrate practical skills in the use of different hand building techniques
  • Compare and select the best construction technique for expressing your ideas
  • Evaluate, select, and apply effective surface decoration
  • Evaluate your work making use of sketches and notes to help with future development of ideas and skills

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Fee paying students would be asked to pay £12.00 at enrolment for materials Please could you bring a suitable apron to wear for working with clay Students may wish to bring their own tools and sketch books to work from

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Create with Clay

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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