Join the Pottery Club and explore the world of clay, learn all about different hand–building techniques and imaginative ways to decorate your clay creations.
What will you learn on this course?
The pottery club is a fun and creative environment which will encourage children’s creativity and discovery. The course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics where children get to explore the medium of clay with a group of like-minded people.
Children will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building and sculpting clay. They will then add decoration using a variety of glaze techniques. Learners will be encouraged to review and refine their work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard.
The tutor will demonstrate each different technique, encouraging the children to apply the techniques in the creation of their own collection of work, suggesting possible outcomes, depending on the age and ability of the children. Further demonstrations and 1-2-1 support will be given as required as the children progress. All learners will be able to work at their own pace. 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 the children will have learned how to use all the equipment in the ceramic studio safely and correctly. They will have learned a range of techniques, explored their creative potential and made high quality ceramic pieces of their own design.
Finished glazed ceramic creations 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 11. 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.
All our staff are DBS checked.
The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. 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.
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?
There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.
Who teaches this course?
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