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About Contemporary Ceramics (CE94 Spring)

Explore and experiment with exciting ceramic processes that will teach you how to realise your own design ideas in clay.

What will you learn on this course?

In these weekly two hour classes you will explore and experiment with a variety of clay working processes that will take you on a journey through the construction, decoration, and realisation of your design ideas in ceramic.

The tutor will demonstrate a range of hand building techniques such as throwing, coiling, and slab building. You’ll be able to experiment with these processes by combining them or focussing on a chosen method that suits your design.

You will also learn how to apply surface treatments in clay such as relief details and engraved pattern work that can be used to decorate your work. An introduction to the use of coloured slips and various glaze techniques and approaches will allow for further experimentation in the final stages of the decorating process.

The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course. Individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheels, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln.

On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical skills and techniques in ceramics through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. No prior experience is needed as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

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 and MAC does have accessible potter’s wheels. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials are provided.

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?

Libby Gillies

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025