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Explore the versatility of clay as a material, through traditional handbuilding techniques such as coiling, slabwork and press moulding. 

What will you learn on this course?

You will be guided through a number of tutor-led demos and set tasks which will introduce particular tips and techniques in order for you to create a range of pieces.

The course will cover the following skills and techniques:

  • how to successfully develop 2d designs into 3d objects
  • construction techniques
  • understanding of the materials and different stages of making
  • options for design, building, and quality of finish
  • slip decoration and imprinted texture
  • brush on glazing

In addition there will be 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 slab pots with surface decoration. Use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged throughout this course, to enable the development of ideas, and of the student’s own working style.

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 beginner level students and those wishing to improve their practice.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who have the relevant ceramics experience and a support worker or carer may assist if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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 charge for clay and firing of any oversize work please refer to the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Emily-Kriste Wilcox

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Dates & Times

    Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding (CE14 Summer)