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Ceramics - Tuesday Morning Intermediate/Advanced

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your existing skills and practice by offering strategies to improve your design, research and studio-based work. There will be optional termly projects which can be used as a basis for developing work. You will also be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas and work on self-initiated personal projects. As a maker, the tutor can also advise on all aspects of your professional and creative development.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is designed for learners who have had at least 3 years of previous experience of ceramic construction and decorating techniques. 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.

Course Content

Hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel to create functional, decorative or sculptural ceramics: apply a variety of decorative techniques on soft clay, leather hard clay, bone dry clay and bisque; explore the properties of and use oxides, slips, under glazes and glazes on your work; make work in response to optional termly projects or develop an individual programme of work in order to realise own designs; make samples and tests to apply to your projects; cover aspects of professional development; be introduced to contemporary makers as well as the history and variety of world ceramic traditions. Use this as sources of inspiration for your work. Recognise and demonstrate Health and Safety in the ceramics studio.

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. 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 reaesarch. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, events 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 course and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. 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

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.

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