Ceramics - Thursday Evening (Studio Practice)

Course Description

This course is designed to build on your existing skills and practice by offering comprehensive ways to improve your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker. You will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas and work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

Location: Camden

Course Content

• Hand building and throwing on the potters’ wheel to create functional, decorative or sculptural ceramics.
• Examine surface decoration techniques such as slip and glaze application, texture and use of oxides and under glazes.
• Differentiate between the stoneware and earthenware clay body types and temperatures.
• Make samples and test for your projects.
• Develop an awareness of Health and Safety issues in ceramics through safe studio practice, with consideration towards other students and staff.

Teaching and Learning Methods

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.

The programme is taught through tutor demonstrations, technical hand-outs, sharing skills and knowledge within the group and most importantly through developing your own practice. You will be supported in realising your personal goals and projects through one to one tutorials and assistance at regular intervals with the tutor.

Resources used within lessons are available electronically.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework, however, your tutor can discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. 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

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