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  • TutorWendy Tournay
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelBeginners/Improvers

Thu 19 Apr, 12.30pm – 2.30pm | 12 wk Term £151 (£136) | Beginners/Improvers Level | Age 18+

Explore and experiment with exciting ceramic processes that will teach you to realise your own design ideas in ceramic.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. 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.

What will you learn on this course?
In these weekly two hour classes you will explore and experiment with a variety of clay working processes that will take you on a journey through the construction, decoration and realisation of your design ideas in ceramic.

Your tutor will demonstrate a range of hand building techniques such as throwing, coiling and slab building, which you can choose to use by combining these processes or simply focusing on a chosen method that suits your design.

You will also learn how to apply surface treatments in clay such as relief details and engraved pattern work that can be used to decorate your work. An introduction to the use of coloured slips, glazes and various glaze techniques and approaches will allow for further experimentation in the final stages of the decorating process.

Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln.
The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed.
On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical skills and techniques in ceramics through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work.

Do you need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course?
Wendy Tournay