A mother and child are looking at a pot they're making together

About Family Pottery (FA02 Autumn)

Explore the world of clay together! Learn about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to decorate your clay work.

What will you learn on this course?

This termly course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics. It is a perfect opportunity for you and your child to spend more time together and develop a shared artistic interest in the medium of clay.

You will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building, sculpting, and using moulds. The tutor will support you to explore your own ideas and demonstrate how to apply taught techniques to realise your own designs. You will have access to specialist tools to decorate your work, including the application of glazes.

The tutor will begin by demonstrating different techniques and suggesting possible outcomes, allowing you to experiment with your ideas. Further demonstrations and one-to-one support will be given as required. Class members will be encouraged to share their work and ideas with the group.

A glossary of technical terms along with an overview of the taught content will be provided. In addition to practical making skills, the tutor will use visual resources to give you an understanding of both historical and contemporary ceramics works.

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to use all of the equipment in MAC’s specialist ceramic studio safely and correctly. You will have learned a range of techniques, made high quality ceramics pieces to your own design, and have the confidence to continue working in ceramics.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years accompanied by their parents or guardians who are looking for an opportunity to enjoy learning together. It is open to all levels.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities. Parents and guardians work with their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. 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 therefor need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

You do not need to bring anything, all materials and equipment 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.

The course price covers one adult and one child. There is a charge for each additional person (child or adult). At least one adult must be present for every three children

Who teaches this course?

Andrea Clarke

Dates and times

  • September – December