Create with Clay

Ref: C2338929

This course is designed for both beginners and those students with some experience. Learn how to design and make a range of earthenware pottery work using hand-building techniques including pinching, coiling, slabbing and modelling. Explore surface texture, pattern and colour through the use of stencils, stamps, tools, slips, underglazes and glazes. Develop your creative skills and bring your ideas to life. Experience the excitement of the pottery process from raw clay to the fired kiln.

Course aim

To develop skills in designing and making hand-built pottery work using earthenware clay, slips and glazes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Develop ideas from research and observations
  • Develop confidence in expressing ideas into clay
  • Identify and explain techniques used in the work of pottery artists
  • Select and demonstrate appropriate clay construction techniques
  • Demonstrate effective use of slips, underglazes and glazes to add colour to pottery work

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • There is a charge of £12.00 to cover the cost of materials and kiln firings Please bring an apron

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Create with Clay


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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