Ref: C3671023

Fundamentally appreciating Earth’s own body, by guiding students through 11 weeks of mud to magic.This introductory Pottery 1 course will explain and demonstrate: Health and safety in the studio. Basic clay handling and key preparation, tools and improvisation, three hand building techniques (Pinch, coil and slab methods) and introduce the design elements of texture & decoration. The firing process will also be explained. Students will be encouraged to begin their studio practice using a journal for notes, design ideas and reflective purpose. The journal will be key to applying these principles in designing and creating at least one kiln fired project, including small sample pieces.

Course aim

Providing an introduction to working with clay using hand building methods, students will ultimately produce at least one fired project.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Clay kneading can be quite demanding for those with hand joint issues. Sensitive skin sufferer's should be aware that clay has a drying effect on the skin and wearing protective surgical gloves prevents potential problems.

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

  • Understand and adhere to the health and safety aspects of working with clay.
  • Explain and demonstrate basic skills in clay preparation for hand building.
  • Describe three methods of slab building, and evidence practice of at least two methods. One of which will be used in a final fired project.
  • Show reflective practice within my studio journal, by way of ideas, inspiration, design notes or drawings, recorded feedback or class discussion. Be able to self-critique work and offer positive feedback to others.
  • Enjoy a sense of achievement, well being, and creative mindfulness.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Work inside and outside the class will involve updating your journal to record feedback,reflective thoughts, note taking, inspiration or design and project work. It can also involve personal research in finding project inspiration.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring a protective wipe clean apron, a notebook and pencil or pen for journal work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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