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Explore the world of clay together and 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’s a perfect opportunity for you and your child to learn more about each other as well as to develop a shared interest in the medium of clay.

You will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building, sculpting clay and using moulds. The tutor will then support you to explore your own ideas, showing you how to apply these techniques to realise your own designs. You will also have access to specialist tools to add decoration to your work including the application of glazes. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard.

The tutor will begin by demonstrating different techniques and suggesting possible outcomes, allowing you to experiment with your own ideas. Further demonstrations and 1-2-1 support will be given as required as you develop your own projects. Class members will be encouraged to share their work and ideas with the group. A glossary of technical terms and a hand out sheet summarising what has been covered throughout the course will be provided.

In addition to practical making skills the tutor will use visual resources such as ceramics magazines and books to give you an understanding of both historical and contemporary ceramic artist’s work.

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

Your finished glazed ceramic creation will be ready to collect from MAC two to four weeks later to allow time for firing to take place.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years accompanied by their parents or guardians who are looking for an opportunity to enjoy learning together. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, 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 take into account 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?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

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