a mole wearing a waist jacket and glasses is made from clay, with his paws outstretched to the sides

About Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE89 Spring)

This course will cover basic ceramic building and decorative techniques using natural forms and patterns as inspiration.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn basic ceramics techniques such as thumb pot, coiling, and slab building, as well as decorative techniques such as textures, coloured slip decoration, glazing techniques, and the firing process. This course will cover the history of ceramics and examine how different cultures have used clay and the decorative process, placing this in context with contemporary approaches.

Taking inspiration from the natural forms of plants and animals, you will be taught how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned, you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual artistic style and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce during this course is yours to take home.

Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheels, glazes, all necessary tools, and the firing kilns.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners with no previous experience and improvers who wish to develop their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Sue Dyer

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025