A person is moulding a pot on a pottery wheel

About Wheelwork for Young People (CSC34)

Love the idea of throwing pots? Then this two-day wheelwork class is for you!

What will you learn on this course?

This course provides an exciting introduction to the world of ceramics and the art of wheel work. You will be shown how to make thrown ceramic bowls which you can decorate using coloured slips.

The course is delivered through a mix of tutor demonstrations and activities designed to allow you to explore clay and specifically how to work with a potter’s wheel.

The tutor will explain how to decorate your pot and how to paint with coloured slips to personalise your bowls. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique.

Participants will have a great sense of achievement and will feel proud of what they have accomplished, hopefully making some new friends along the way.

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 is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 12 - 17 years. It is open to students of all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. We provide a learning support worker and all our staff are DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on the course.

The course is accessible for young people of all abilities. 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 parent or carer may attend to assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs.

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. You may wish to bring your own apron, but we can provide one for you on the day.

Are there any additional costs?

The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Dates and times

  • August – August