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Ceramics - Monday Afternoon Beginners

Course Description

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.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

No experience necessary ? beginners welcome. You will need to buy and build your own tool set, although we do sell a basic set at cost price, or your tutor can recommend alternatives. Firing and glazing of work is included in the fee, based on weight when bone dry and paid for via our internal payment system. Please note that we are not able to fire work that is not made in college, so do not bring items 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 e.g. black clay, porcelain. These must be bought in advance from the tutor, and learners must manage their own reclaim. All glazes are provided, and 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 an Intermediate/Advanced course, and these need to be vetted first by your tutor for toxicity and compatibility with our firing temperatures and tested 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 before enrolling to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.

Course Content

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; and follow good studio practice including Health and Safety procedures.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Tutor demonstration and presentation. Handouts, practical tasks, group discussions, 1-2-1 feedback. You will have an individual learning plan to which you can add personal aims. You will work at your own pace, and your progress will be reviewed regularly. At the end of the course, you will receive feedback on your achievements, and the tutor can advise you on next steps. Resources used within each lesson are available electronically. Your tutor will also discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, literature and websites for you to visit to enrich your study.

Independent Learning

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 into 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.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

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

Additional Costs

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.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572