Ceramics - Friday Morning (Beginners/Intermediate)

Course Description

This course will introduce beginner and intermediate 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. More experienced learners will be able to work on their own projects.

Location: Camden

Course Content

You will learn a range of hand building techniques e.g. coiling, slab-building, press-moulding.
Practice and develop fundamental throwing and turning techniques.
Explore surface decoration techniques such as slip and glaze application.
Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards other students and staff.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Tutor Demonstrations and presentations. Class work, focusing on self-directed projects. Class work, focusing on a tutor-set topic. Discussions and feedback. Ongoing 1-2-1 tutorials.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, videos or websites for you to visit to enrich your study. You will be encouraged to keep a notebook to record your work and ideas and their progress.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

Firing of clay is paid for using a token system available through the library. You will need to buy and build your own tool set. We can sell you a basic set at cost price or your tutor can recommend alternatives.
Your tutor will recommend additional equipment and materials to buy depending on your project work. Please bring your own apron or dress appropriately.
Please note that we are not able to fire work that is not made in college. In this, you are not allowed to bring in work from home or elsewhere.
You are only able to bring in your own glazes if you are on a Studio Practice or Advanced course, and these need to be vetted by your tutor for toxicity and compatibility with our firing temperatures and the correct test pieces done before use.
All glazes are provided for Beginner and Intermediate courses, and all learners may bring in CONTEM underglazes if they want additional colours. Please check with your tutor if you are not sure.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk