Ceramics - Tuesday Morning (Studio Practice)

Course Description

This course is designed to develop and progress your existing skills and practice by offering strategies to improve your studio-based work. The course aims to stretch and challenge you as a maker including your design and research skills. 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 advice on all aspects of your professional development.

Location: Camden

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 ceramic?s studio

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal and written 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.

You will learn through
Class discussions and knowledge sharing amongst learners
Practical tasks
Individual tutorials
Slide shows

Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our Virtual Learning Portal - Office 365.

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 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.

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.
WM College provides financial support for some course fees, which is based on an eligibility criteria. For more information please contact a member of the Learner Services team at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk