Ceramics Part 1

Ref: C3671118

The course covers the basic principles of working with clay as well as expanding knowledge for improvers. Techniques covered will be pinching, slab work and moulds. Decoration techniques to be covered will be impression, coloured slips, underglazes and oxides and glazing. Own designs and ideas will be encouraged and developed. Health and safety issues for the workshop will be covered.

Course aim

To cover the basic principles of working with clay. To use two or more forming techniques eg. pinching, slabs using a mould. Decoration of pots using underglazes, slips and glazes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Enrol on the course. Be informed about the WEA. Health and safety issues. Fire exits and ground rules. Tour of room and equipment. Prepare work station and clay ready for use.
  • Make a set of three pinch pots and a joined up pinch pot. Make walls and base of uniform thickness. Use of slip to join clay together,
  • Make a dish using rolled out clay. Place in mould and decorate.
  • Decorate clay pots using impressed design, slips, underglazes, oxides and glazes.
  • Use correct methods for wrapping pots, use of tools at the right consistency of clay. Kiln packing and firing,

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?

  • 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

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
  • Protective clothing

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Ceramics Part 1 Course Outline


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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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