A pot is being painted with a small paintbrush, in blue and pink paints

About Ceramics for Young People

Discover and develop your skills with hand built ceramics! An opportunity to design and make your own vase, bowl or sculpture which can be decorated in a method of your choice.

What will you learn on this course?

In this one-day course you will be introduced to hand-building techniques that are regularly used when making items out of clay, such as slab construction. You will have the opportunity to explore surface decoration and use a variety of finishing techniques. Learners will be encouraged to review and refine their work in order to produce a finished ceramic piece that is unique to them. The course provides a fun and creative environment which will encourage young people's creativity and discovery. This is an exciting introduction to ceramics where young people get to explore the medium of clay.

Who is this course for?

One day course for 12-17 year olds. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used, and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities, however, please note that you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used, and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and equipment are provided.

Please note that ceramic works need time to dry out and then fired twice in MAC’s kilns. Your item will be ready for collection 4 weeks after the date of your workshop. We will contact you when the work is ready, when you arrive at MAC, please ask for an Art Studio Technician or a Duty Manager who will be happy to help you retrieve your piece from our secure pottery cages.

Who teaches this course?

Emily Wilcox

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