Introduction to Pottery

Ref: C2525153

Students will be introduced to the properties of clay and how to use it effectively. The course will introduce a variety of skills and techniques in order to design, make and decorate your own ceramic pieces. The work will be completed by glazing.

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority. This course is at TS3 Community Church, Admirals Avenue, Middlesbrough TS3 8ET, t is a safe and welcome environment.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to basic skills and techniques for designing and making pottery (ceramics) of your own.

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:

  • Name the properties of clay and know how to use the material effectively
  • Use a variety of hand building techniques to make clay items
  • Use a variety of decorative techniques
  • Glaze and finish my work
  • Follow Health and Safety practices related to clay work in a studio or classroom.

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 asked to look at/bring to the group ideas for and visual examples of designs, and look for examples of the work of particular artists and makers.

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
  • 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?

  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and bring an apron. Please bring a small sketchbook or unlined paper notebook, pencil and pen. All ceramics/art materials will be provided. There will be an additional charge for materials of £10.00 for the course, payable at the first session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This course is not accredited. It is informal and encourages the development of personal creativity communication and group discussion. Previous students have experienced increased self confidence which can lead to progress to other activities and enhance individual employability

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Introduction to Pottery


This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 standard terms and conditions

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