A person is carving into a clay pot with circles cut out of it and an angled top

About Explore Ceramic Forms and Surface Decoration (CE11 Spring)

Develop hand building construction techniques and explore surface decoration through pattern and texture.

What will you learn on this course?

This course offers ceramics students the opportunity to develop your construction techniques through hand building, and explore the relationship of surface decoration through pattern and texture. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques, including sgraffito, paper resist, and in-relief modelling.

The course will cover:

  • Recording and documenting of ideas
  • Development of 2D designs into 3D objects
  • Construction techniques
  • Visualising 3D forms
  • Surface decorating techniques
  • Creating precise repeat patterns
  • Compositional aesthetic
  • History of ceramic art
  • Brush on glazing

There will be the opportunity to discuss ideas and intentions with the group and you will receive support in developing your own independent artistic style. The tutor will develop a guided programme of study with the group providing demonstrations and one-to-one support as required. You are encouraged to develop your own ideas within the parameters of creating hand built pots with surface decoration.

Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, glazes, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have broadened your ceramics skills and learned new techniques for the realisation of your own design.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginners with no previous experience and to improvers who are looking to refine 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.

Do you need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials are provided. Use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged throughout the course to enable the development of ideas and the student’s own working style.

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?

Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Dates and times

  • January – April 2025