Ceramics for all

Ref: C3673130

Course Description You will learn basic pottery, hand building techniques, including slab and coil building to produce 3D decorative objects. You will also explore decorative technique to extend the work produced to a professionally finished standard by using slips and glazes. This course offers the opportunity to have a go at the “Great British Throw-down” and making something more interesting out of lumps of clay. Come and Join like-minded people. All abilities are welcome.

Course aim

This course will introduce you to basic Hand Build pottery techniques. Initially you will follow two structured projects, which will inform the work you want to produce in clay.

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

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

  • experience two different building techniques from (Coil, Slab, Press mould, Pinch pot)
  • explore and experience two different decorating techniques from (slip decoration, imprinting, sgraffito, glazing)
  • develop your work by building a range of practical skills and technical understanding.
  • learn and use the correct terminology.
  • work in a safe studio environment with supervision to ensure safe working practice is use at all times.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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

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Ceramics for all


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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