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Pottery: Beginners

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 203 Conc £84 Full £433 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 17/09/2018 03/12/2018 AF1500
Monday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 07/01/2019 25/03/2019 AF2500
Monday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 29/04/2019 22/07/2019 AF3500

What will the course cover?

This class is designed to accommodate those with little or no experience of pottery. Each week we will cover different techniques in basic hand building and surface decoration including: pinching, coiling, slab building, press moulding and basic wheel – throwing skills. You will also be shown how to apply decorating slips, Majolica, lustres and oxides.

Who is the course for?

People who would like to acquire a basic knowledge of working with clay and those with only basic experience who would like to improve. As our pottery is based in a school all new learners will need to be checked through the 'Children's Barred Checklist' before they can attend. This will be carried out by H&FALSS and can be completed within 24 hours.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Being able to follow projects and to be open minded about design ideas. Ability to record information such as note taking and begin to produce simple diagrams/sketches.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Be able to demonstrate hand building skills such as: coiling, pinching and slabbing, press moulding and basic wheel based work. Explore a range of decorative techniques such as Majolica, Slip decoration and oxides, enabling you to translate ideas and designs into 3 dimensional forms using at least one of the construction techniques taught. Be able to differentiate between stoneware and earthenware glazes and apply them to create a finished piece of work.

How is the course organised?

Practical sessions, demonstration of techniques, individual practical activity and a group critic at the end of term.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To get the most from this course you will need to research information for projects and to keep notes and sketches to support your 3D work.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded on your own Individual Learning Plans and Learning Journals.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Continue this course to develop your skills further or move on to a higher level course. Please ask your tutor for advice. All learners will have the opportunity to showcase work made in an end of year exhibition.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Clay is charged per pound of clay to cover materials and firing costs. It may be useful to bring your own drawing materials and paint brushes.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.