Ref: C3675983

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 provide a brief introduction to the principles of working with clay with a view to creating ceramic items.

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, to make secure.
  • Roll out clay to correct thickness using guides, rolling pin and cloth. Place in mould and decorate using slip.
  • Use correct methods for wrapping pots, use of tools at the right consistency of clay. Kiln packing and firing,
  • Decorate clay pots using impressed design, slips, underglazes, oxides and glazes.

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?

  • 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?

  • 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.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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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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