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Pottery: Mixed Ability

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
Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 18/09/2018 04/12/2018 AF1510
Thursday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 20/09/2018 06/12/2018 AF1511
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 20/09/2018 06/12/2018 AF1512
Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 AF2510
Thursday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 10/01/2019 28/03/2019 AF2511
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 10/01/2019 28/03/2019 AF2512
Tuesday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 AF3510
Thursday 09:30 - 12:30 11 HAC 02/05/2019 18/07/2019 AF3511
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 11 HAC 02/05/2019 18/07/2019 AF3512

What will the course cover?

Hands on instruction will focus on an introduction to the fundamentals of hand building, including: pinching, coiling, slab building and press moulding. You will also be shown how to apply decorating slips, Majolica, lustres and oxides. Towards the end of the course you will be shown basic wheel based work. This class is designed to accommodate those with little experience or those with some experience who wish to increase or refresh their proficiency and technical skills.

Who is the course for?

This is a mixed ability class, beginners are welcome and those with some or more experience will be encouraged to develop their skills by trying out new techniques. 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?

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will need to be able to read a range of written materials and write short pieces of text. You should also be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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. Plan and work independently. Use a journal/ sketchbook. Record and develop own design from a range of sources. Identify stages required to achieve finished design Create a body of ceramic work which fulfils a personal approach to the given projects. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses and areas for development. Demonstrate an understanding of Health & Safety criteria as applied in a pottery.

How is the course organised?

Demonstrations of a range of advanced techniques. Individual practical activity. Individual guidance. Group and individual discussion.

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

To get the most from this course you are advised to research information for projects and to keep notes and sketches to support your 3D work. The use of a digital camera or similar to record work in progress would be beneficial.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded in your own Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal.

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 (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.