Ceramics - Saturday Morning (Studio Practice)

Course Description

This Course is for students with at least three years’ experience in ceramics. You will be supported and encouraged to develop personal ideas, designs and projects while expanding your range of technical skills, including throwing, hand-building, use of moulds, decorative surfaces and glazing. Please note, the 4 hour class runs from 10:00 -14:00 - there is no lunch break.

Location: Camden

Course Content

This is a flexible hands on course, giving you an opportunity to develop your ideas and designs. From domestic ware to sculptural work, handmade or thrown on a potter’s wheel.

A combination of techniques and ideas are taught throughout the course:
• Generating ideas keeping a resource folder or sketchbook.
• Making with different clays and the best uses for them.
• Experiment with decorating slip, under-glazes and glazes to create your own unique styles.
• Using moulds, the potter’s wheel, coiling or slab-building to create your personal project.

Teaching and Learning Methods

class discussions
practical tasks
knowledge sharing amongst learners
individual tutorials
hand outs
slide shows and videos

You will work at your own pace and be given feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step.

All resources used within each lesson are available electronically.

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, filmss or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


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

An allocation of ?6 of clay is included in the fee. 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