This is a structured course to develop basic skills and learn core techniques and processes. 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. Returning learners can start to work on their own projects. It is recommended to enrol for a whole year where possible, to build your core skills comprehensively.
No previous knowledge is required. Firing of clay is based on weight when bone dry and 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. Firing and glazing of work is included in the fee. Please note that we are not able to fire work that is not made in college. You are not allowed to bring in work from home or elsewhere, even if the clay originated in college. You cannot bring in your own clay to use and must use the clays we provide. Learners on Intermediate/ Advanced classes can buy and use provided Specialist clays eg. black clay, porcelain. These must be bought in advance and students must manage their own reclaim. All glazes are provided and all learners may bring in CONTEM underglazes if they want additional colours. Please check with your tutor if you are not sure. You are only able to bring in your own glazes if you are on a Intermediate/ Advanced course, and these need to first be vetted by your tutor for toxicity and compatibility with our firing temperatures and then the correct test pieces done before use. Please bring your own apron or dress appropriately. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact the Curriculum manager before enrolling, to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.
After completing one whole term you will be able to: make ceramics using simple hand building techniques; throw a small bowl; understand the different processes that clay goes through during the firings in the kiln; understand the properties of and use glazes, slips and other materials for ceramic colour; apply simple decorations; choose and apply glazes; follow good studio practice including Health and Safety procedures.
Teaching and Learning Methods
In addition to the classes, you will be encouraged to do individual research on the internet and by visiting galleries and exhibitions.
In addition to the classes you will be encouraged to do individual research on the internet and by visiting galleries and exhibitions.
Individual learning plans which are discussed with your tutor Continual observation and one to one feedback Individual tutorials Peer feedback Presentations and discussions There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
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
On completion of this course and after attending 2 or 3 terms of beginners level courses students can enrol on intermediate classes. Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. You may also chose to progress to an accredited L1 or 2 Ceramics course. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or 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.
WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.