20th Century Ceramic Designers

Ref: C2227398

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This course will focus on the pioneering and innovative designers who moved away from traditional styles of pottery to produce contemporary ware which proved popular and commercial in their time and now much sought after by collectors. Against a backdrop of great artistic, economic and social changes these designers anticipated and responded to the latest trends and challenges in art and design. Each session gives a fully illustrated individual account of the designers contribution to the pottery industry, and discusses their background, influences and how they attained their position. Designers featured include Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Keith Murray and Susan Williams-Ellis. Learners will be invited to show examples of their pottery from their own collections for discussion.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce the important role of the ceramic designer in Britain during the 20th century considering how they developed innovative patterns and shapes to meet the changing tastes of customers from the thirties onward.

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:

  • appreciate how social and economic changes influenced how designers responded to ceramic production
  • identify different decorative styles and periods discussed in class
  • identify how designers were able to attain to their position
  • describe how mass production techniques changed the way designers responded to ceramic design
  • explain the key factors which make the pottery designed by a twentieth century designer popular with collectors today

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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

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

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20th Century Ceramic Designers

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Waiting List Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

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