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About Introduction to Ceramics (CE02 Autumn)

Learn basic clay techniques including coiling, throwing, and slab pots. Take home finished pieces and an understanding of the art of clay and ceramics.

What will you learn on this course?

In this weekly class, you will receive an introduction to ceramics and the techniques used. The tutor will demonstrate a range of teachings including coiling, slab-building, throwing, and press-moulding. There will also be a chance to experiment with different approaches to glazing in order to achieve a variety of surface effects, such as dipping, pouring, spraying, and wax resist. You will have the opportunity to work with coloured slips to allow for more controlled outcomes.

At the start of the course, the tutor will give whole class demonstrations. As the course progresses, individual, specialist guidance will be given as and when needed. You will be able to work at your own pace and encouraged to work on individual projects that develop your individual artistic style.

Further demonstrations of specific techniques can be given within the group or one-to-one upon request. Learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when needed.

Our fully equipped ceramics 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 ceramics skills and learned new techniques 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 beginners with no previous experience, as full instruction and guidance is given, and to improvers who are looking to refine their skills. 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

  • September – December