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All our Ceramics and Sculpture courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2019 and over only.

Please click on the Sculpture course title in blue for more information and to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Ceramics and Sculpture Courses at WMC-The Camden College

Ceramics

Qualifications

Creative Craft: Level 1 Ceramics

An exciting opportunity to focus on developing your Ceramics practice. This accredited Level 1 course will build your ceramic design and making skills, whilst refreshing and embedding study and research skills, so you can effectively plan, manage and complete a range of work and projects. You will be taught in our fully equipped studio, by specialist tutors. This is highly structured course which requires regular attendance, completion of course work and homework.

Creative Craft: Level 2 Ceramics

This structured, accredited course provides the skills required to become a practising ceramist. You will learn designing, making and decorating techniques that will enable you to produce your own response to a set brief. The course covers research, development of design ideas, through to the production and presentation of final outcomes, including portfolio. The course covers aspects of working in the Ceramics sector and will help you identify and work towards your personal and employment goals

Non-accredited courses

Ceramic Jewellery

This course is for anyone interested in making their own jewellery or jewellery to sell. Have fun with shapes, textures and glazes to create stunning ceramic jewellery that can be made into earrings, necklaces, rings or brooches including learning to manipulate clay by moulding, carving, impressing and making into beads and making your own fixing and jump rings (findings).

Ceramics (Beginners)

This is a structured course to develop basic skills and learn beginners’ techniques and processes. On this course you will be introduced to hand building techniques like pinching, coiling, slab work, use of moulds and some basic throwing on the wheel. You will also learn to apply glazes and slips for decorating. Returning learners can start to work on their own projects.
Lots of demonstrations and plenty of expert advice will give you a strong basis for further learning. It is recommended to enrol for a whole year where possible, to build your core skills comprehensively.

Ceramics (Beginners/Intermediate)

This course will introduce beginner and intermediate level learners to comprehensive hand building techniques and an opportunity to use the potter’s wheel. You will work in different clay body types and learn about kiln firing processes.
You will also learn the techniques of applying coloured slip and glaze as a means of surface decoration. The work that you will produce will have a practical, or in some cases, a sculptural theme.

Ceramics (Intermediate/Advanced)

Improve, develop and try exciting new ceramic skills. This course will cover hand building, throwing and a range of decorative techniques.
Whether you follow the class project or develop your own ideas, the tutor will give you individual feedback and suggest new techniques to develop your skills and progress your work. You will also be introduced to the history and variety of world ceramic traditions and the tutor will keep you up to date about contemporary ceramics exhibitions and shows.

Ceramics (Studio Practice)

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.

Ceramics Handbuilt Forms (Studio Practice)

This is an inspiring ceramics course concentrating on hand built ceramics and clay sculpture, designed to suit individual interests and talents. On this course you will be working on your own projects and/or a class project with the support of a specialist tutor.
The course is particularly well suited to advanced learners wishing to develop their own ideas into an individualised body of work. You will get lots of encouragement, stimulation and assistance to achieve your goals.

Ceramics: Design and Make (Studio Practice)

Explore and experiment in a new discipline, such as throwing, or hone your hand-building techniques by trying sculpting or making work for installations.
This course encourages research and sketchbook work, and developing your own individual, professional, ceramic design practice.

Ceramics: Skills and Project Development (Studio Practice)

This course provides an opportunity to develop your skills and projects with tutor guidance. Beginners will partake in a series of structured projects designed to introduce basic skills in making and decorating whilst producing a range of individual ceramic forms. Intermediate learners will focus on individual project development working on their own or set briefs. This will involve research and development of ideas.

Ceramics: Specialist Materials and Techniques (Studio Practice)

This course is designed to develop and improve your studio based work. There will be an emphasis on exploring specialist materials and techniques, including porcelain, paper bodies and other new clays. You will be able to experiment with advanced techniques like printing on clay.
You can use class projects as a starting point or work on self-initiated projects. The tutor can also focus on your continuing professional development as a maker and ways that you can develop your practice.

Exploring Glass and Ceramics

This course explores the creative possibilities of combining ceramics and glass. We will be working with fusing combinations, melting glass with ceramics in the kiln and cold working glass. We will work towards assembling compositions of pre-made glass and ceramic forms. Experiment with the use of ceramic melt pots and observe how different firing temperatures can be used creatively. For existing ceramic and glass learners this is an ideal opportunity to further develop your own creative practice.

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Mural

An exciting opportunity to spend time designing, making and decorating a ceramic title wall mural for an interior or exterior space. You may have a space in mind that you want to design for, or you may want to make a mural to give as a gift. This course will give you some history, as well as learning a range of practical techniques. All levels welcome.

Plaster Press Moulds for Ceramics

Create plaster press moulds on this three day course, under the guidance of an experienced tutor.
This course explores the creative possibilities of producing plaster press moulds for shape and texture to be used with ceramics processes. We will be studying a brief history of press mould making, exploring textures and shapes that work well with this process and how to develop your own ideas. For existing ceramic students this course is ideal for ceramics students who wish to develop this part of their personal practice.

Using Wire with Ceramics

This course will introduce you to mixing wire and clay together. We will look at contemporary makers that combine these materials and explore some of the possible outcomes. You will experiment with and create small or medium objects and fire them inside a saggar. Amongst the materials we will use are stainless steel, nichrome wire, stoneware, paper clays, nails and cutlery, with firings at low and high temperature. The use of Egyptian Paste as a bonding element at the earthenware range will be covered. This course will not cover the glazing of work.

Sculpture

The Art of Paper: Folding, Pleating and Manipulation

Paper is an inexpensive sculptural material. Pliable and easily folded, pleated, cut and manipulated with simple tools. Three-dimensional shapes from simple to complex and can be useful for artists, architects, fashion designers and milliners. Learn some key basic techniques − hand folding, scoring and manipulation. The sessions will also cover tools and types of paper best suited for this art form. Please note we do not cover paper engineering for pop-up books.

Exploring 3D Making: Materials and Processes

This course will give you a taste of variety of 3D making techniques including stained and fused glass, wood carving, ceramics for sculpture, and other media, including paper and wire. You will learn about mixed media, a range of research methods for development of ideas and projects, as well as options for presenting work. The course is a good way to try out different practice areas to potentially specialise, or to progress onto our Level 1 course or a Foundation course.

Exploring 3D Making: Materials and Processes (Level 1)

This course will build your skills across a variety of 3D making techniques including stained and fused glass, wood carving, ceramics for sculpture, and other media, including paper and wire. You will learn about safe working practices, whilst refreshing and embedding study and research skills, so you can effectively plan, manage and complete a range of work and projects. This is highly structured course which requires regular attendance, completion of coursework and homework.

Sculpture (Mixed Ability)

On this Sculpture Studio course you will learn about materials, processes, and how to develop bespoke pieces. You will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor For beginners you will learn about a range of materials and processes in sculpture, including wood, wire, plaster, cement, clay, papier mâché and mixed media. We are unable to accommodate stone carving or welding metal. For more advanced learners this tutored workshop will enable you to develop your own ideas further. If you are an advanced learner then you can develop and refine your skills by working on independent projects. We use traditional materials but are always expanding our repertoire to connect with contemporary practice, finding inspiration from current trends to the classics. We recommend that you enrol for at least a term to really get into your subject and fine tune your skills.

Sculpture (Studio Practice)

On this course you will set your own learning goals and develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. You will learn about materials, processes, and how to develop ideas and bespoke pieces. Beginners will learn about a range of materials and processes in sculpture, including wood, wire, plaster, cement, clay, papier mâché and mixed media. More advanced learners will develop and refine their skills and ideas further. Basic material and tools provided. Please note we are unable to accommodate stone carving, bronze casting or welding metal.

The Art of Paper: Folding, Pleating and Manipulation

Paper is an inexpensive sculptural material. Pliable and easily folded, pleated, cut and manipulated with simple tools. The artist can form three-dimensional shapes from simple to complex. These basic principles of making in paper can be useful for artists, architects, fashion designers and milliners.
Learn some key basic techniques − hand folding, scoring and manipulation. The session will also cover tools and types of paper best suited for this art form.
Please note we do not cover paper engineering for pop-up books.