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Print techniques for Ceramic decoration: Screen print and photographic gum

Course Description

A course to explore photographic print techniques for ceramics using silkscreens and photographic gum. The course will enable you to explore the techniques and make samples that you could use later in your own practice. Experimentation encouraged. Basic material provided, but you can bring your own images to work with, which should be about A5 is size.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

No previous knowledge/qualifications are required

Course Content

Preparation of clay and Bisque fired Ceramics.
Ceramic and print design
Silk screen printing on clay using paint and oxides.
Making silk screen stencils from newsprint
Test printing on leather hard clay and paper
Photographic negatives for gum print
How to mix the gum print medium
Test print under UV light (exposure timing)
Print on bisque fired Ceramics.
Removing gum and firing gum image
How to Glaze your work

Teaching and Learning Methods

Presentations and looking at relevant artists/ makers using the internet, PowerPoint, images, and books. Demonstratiosn, discussion and 1-2-1 tutorial support


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor and in written form 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 another ceramics, print or photography course or perhaps join an accredited L1 or L2 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 in to 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 phone: 020 7255 4700 or email:

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

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our 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