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Using Wire with Ceramics

Course Description

We will look at contemporary makers that combine these materials and explore possible techniques and outcomes. You will experiment with and create small or medium objects and fire them inside a saggar. You will learn to use stainless steel, nichrome wire, stoneware, paper clays, nails and cutlery, with firings at low and high temperature. You will also learn about use of Egyptian Paste as a bonding element at the earthenware range. This course will not cover the glazing of work.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

You will need some experience with ceramics. 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

Be introduced to contemporary and past makers that use these materials. Make tests to explore different combinations. Analyse and discuss the outcomes after firing. Produce a final piece. Demonstrate awareness of Health & Safety issues.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is taught through tutor demonstrations, technical hand-outs, sharing skills and knowledge within the group, through class discussions 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 technical assistance from the tutor. You will work at your own pace and be given feedback on your progress. At the end of the course the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. Resources used within each lesson will be available electronically. In addition to the classes you will be encouraged to do individual research on the internet and by visiting galleries and exhibitions.

Independent Learning

In addition to the classes you will be encouraged to do individual research on the internet and by visiting galleries and exhibitions.


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. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Qualification you will achieve

This is not an accredited course but the WMC can provide a certificate on request

Next Steps and Progression

See our wide range of offers within our ceramic department at WMC: Ceramics Intermediate, Ceramics Pottery, Ceramics Material Tools & Techniques and for student wishing to focus on individual project see our range of Studio Practice classes.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our 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 for some 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