Ceramics and Glass - Arts and Design




All our Ceramics and Glass courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2017 and over only.

Please click on the course title in blue for more information and how to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Ceramic Courses

Ceramics for Beginners (Beginner)

This is a structured course to develop basic skills and learn beginners’ techniques and processes. On this course you will be introduced to hand building techniques like pinching, coiling, slab work, use of moulds and some basic throwing on the wheel. You will also learn to apply glazes and slips for decorating.

Lots of demonstrations and plenty of expert advice will give you a strong basis for further learning. It is recommended to enrol for a whole year where possible, to build your core skills comprehensively.

Ceramics: Materials, Tools and Techniques (Beginners/Intermediate)

This course provides an opportunity to explore the use of materials, tools and techniques involved in ceramic making and decorating processes.

Beginners will partake in a series of structured projects designed to introduce basic skills in making and decorating whilst producing a range of individual ceramic forms.

Intermediate learners will focus on individual project development working on their own or set briefs. This will involve research and development of ideas.

Ceramics: Skills Development (Beginner/Intermediate)

This is a structured course to develop designing, making and decorating skills for beginner and intermediate learners.

This course is an excellent opportunity for learners who have just completed the Level 2 certificate to further develop their skills and projects. It will also be useful for those students who are interested in attending the Level 2 Certificate in Ceramics the following year, to prepare for the course and to develop their skills.

Pottery (Beginners/Intermediate) 

This course will introduce beginner and intermediate level learners to comprehensive hand building techniques and an opportunity to use the potter’s wheel. You will work in different clay body types and learn about kiln firing processes.
You will also learn the techniques of applying coloured slip and glaze as a means of surface decoration. The work that you will produce will have a practical, or in some cases, a sculptural theme.

Ceramics (Intermediate/Advanced)   

Improve, develop and try exciting new ceramic skills. This course will cover hand building, throwing and a range of decorative techniques.
Whether you follow the class project or develop your own ideas, the tutor will give you individual feedback and suggest new techniques to develop your skills and progress your work. You will also be introduced to the history and variety of world ceramic traditions and the tutor will keep you up to date about contemporary ceramics exhibitions and shows.

Ceramics Handbuilt Forms (Studio Practice) 

This is an inspiring ceramics course concentrating on hand built ceramics and clay sculpture, designed to suit individual interests and talents. On this course you will be working on your own projects and/or a class project with the support of a specialist tutor.
The course is particularly well suited to advanced learners wishing to develop their own ideas into an individualised body of work. You will get lots of encouragement, stimulation and assistance to achieve your goals.

Ceramics: Design and Make (Studio Practice)  

Explore and experiment in a new discipline, such as throwing, or hone your hand-building techniques by trying sculpting or making work for installations. This course encourages research and sketchbook work, and developing your own individual, professional, ceramic design practice.

Ceramics: Specialist Materials & Techniques (Studio Practice) 

These studio courses will allow you to intensively explore a variety of exciting specialist materials and techniques. By the end of each term you will be able to produce a series of decorative, functional or sculptural forms. There will be an emphasis on creating technical examples and collecting images and ideas that will support your creative development. Each term will cover a specialist technique as follows. Please see the full course description for details.
Term B: Printing on clay
Term C: Sculptural Ceramics

Ceramics (Studio Practice)  

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas, designs and practical skills in ceramics.
You can expect to explore in depth the possibilities of functional forms in ceramics. You will develop a range of skills, including throwing, basic hand building, use of moulds, decorative technique and glazing.

Pottery (Studio Practice)  

This course is designed to build on your existing experiences by offering comprehensive strategies for improving your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker.

You can follow set class projects or work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

Potters Wheel (Intensive)

This short course is a great opportunity to learn to throw on a potters’ wheel. It’s a fun, creative and very rewarding skill. The small class size makes it suitable for the beginner to learn and the more experienced student to improve their throwing skills.
With the guidance of an experienced tutor beginners will learn the basic skills of pottery; clay preparation, throwing and turning clay. The use of tools and how to create a series of thrown and turned forms including bowls, plates and vases. Intermediate students can develop their work to a more professional level.

Daytime & Evening Glass Courses

Glass Art and Leaded Light Glass (Mixed Level)

On this course you will learn how to produce glass safely and how three dimensional and two dimensional glass is fabricated using different treatments. You will produce a piece of glass to take away and learn about some of the historical and contemporary contexts of cold-worked glass. During the course you will receive tutor guidance to pursue your own personal projects. Set class projects will also be available as learners become more advanced.