Twentieth Century Ceramic Designers in Britain

Ref: C2227524

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 his contemporaries at Wedgwood and Susan Williams-Ellis. Learners will be invited to show examples of their pottery from their own collections for discussion.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed.

Course aim

This course will explore and discuss key designers working in the British pottery industry during the twentieth century and how they responded to world events, design influences from Europe, changes in taste and the move towards mass production

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:

  • identify the key factors that influenced the British ceramic designer between 1920-1995
  • appreciate how designers were forced to respond and adapt to social and economic events in the world
  • identify the different ways designers progressed in the British pottery industry from decorator to art director
  • understand how potteries companies responded to the trend from formal to casual dining
  • to appreciate how the move to mass production prompted designers to develop new shapes and patterns

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.

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:

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
  • The tutor will recommend further reading and place to visit to see a range of ceramics created by the designers featured on the course

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Twentieth Century Ceramic Designers in Britain

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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