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Ceramics short courses

Come along to our spacious, bespoke ceramics facilities for a short pottery course. Learn everything from wheel-throwing to figurative sculpture to glazing and surface decoration at a pace to suit you under the guidance of our professional tutors.

Short courses that require an interview or are fully booked will divert to our enquiry page where you can register your details. Alternatively please call 020 7297 7297 or e-mail info@waes.ac.uk.

 

4 Day Wheel Throwing Intensive

Learners will have one wheel each. This course covers all techniques including basic beginner-level skills such as clay preparation, centring, throwing to cylinder, making bowls and turning a foot ring. More advanced learners will be challenged with individual tasks such as making lids, spouts and plates, etc. There will be an opportunity to try the more challenging aspects of wheel throwing techniques such as cutting and joining. Learners will also have the opportunity to build on existing skills and to extend them.
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Ceramics Taster

On this single session, you will be introduced to wheel throwing techniques through practical demonstration and guidance and have a go at throwing your own ceramic pot.
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Developing Ceramic Skills: Surface Treatments (Intermediate/Advanced level)

The course will be self-directed but tutor led and is designed to build proficiency and confidence in handbuilding and/or wheel throwing. You'll produce quality work through a project-based assignment using a variety of surface treatments; using slips (applique, mishima, inlay, etc.), oxides, grogs & inclusions, textures, glazes etc. using contemporary and historical ceramics as a starting point.
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Developing Ceramics Skills: Intermediate/Advanced

The course will be self-directed but tutor led and is designed to build proficiency and confidence in handbuilding and/or wheel throwing. You'll produce quality work through a project-based assignment (optional), using contemporary and historical ceramics for inspiration. Learners will be encouraged to be experimental with surface decoration and glazing.
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Evening Ceramics (Monday)

This evening ceramics course introduces the basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques through practical demonstration and guidance. Learners will also gain skills in glazing.
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Evening Ceramics (Thursday)

This course is designed to help learners build on existing skills and develop these further. Learner requests are encouraged for new techniques to be shown and/or recapped where appropriate.
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Evening Ceramics (Tuesday)

This evening ceramics course introduces the basic handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques through practical demonstration and guidance. Learners will also gain skills in glazing.
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Glazing Workshop

This course is specifically for learners who have made work on the wheel intensive courses and wish to complete their work by glazing - NB - LEARNERS MUST HAVE A RANGE OF BISQUED FIRED WORK TO GLAZE
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Hand Building Technique in Ceramics

On this short course, you will learn hand building and surface decoration techniques. These include pinching, coiling, slab building, press moulding, slip application, stamping and sprigging.
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Introduction to Ceramic Surface Techniques and Tile Decoration

This specialist short course focuses on the surfaces we apply to ceramic forms, with a specific attention given to experimental printing techniques. You will learn how to effectively apply your own designs, illustrations or painterly surfaces to clay forms using techniques such as mono-printing with clay slips, paper and fabric stenciling and plaster printing. You will also learn various techniques in refining and finishing your work.

Tutor Ella Porter, is a ceramic artist whose work displays a strong relationship between surface and form informed by a background in painting and printmaking at Glasgow school of art, and an MA in ceramics from The Royal College of Art.

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Introduction to Wheel Throwing in Ceramics

This course covers the basic beginner-level wheel-throwing techniques such as clay preparation and wedging, centering, throwing a cylinder, making bowls and drinking vessels, turning a footring and adding handles. Learners will have one wheel each. Learners will also be able to try simple decoration techniques with slips and on the last session, to glaze some of their produced work.
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Progress with Ceramics: Intermediate/Advanced

You will build your proficiency and confidence in handbuilding and/or wheel throwing. You'll produce quality work through a project-based assignment, using contemporary and historical ceramics for inspiration. Learners will be encouraged to be experimental with surface decoration and glazing.

Please note: This course will be tutor supported for half of each session (90 minutes). This course is aimed at learners who need studio access with limited guidance and feedback.

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Raku

This course introduces learners to the raku firing process which is a low fire process. In raku, pottery is removed from the kiln when red hot.¿It is cooled rapidly, often in combustible material like sawdust or paper.¿Raku can be a very volatile and exciting firing process and produce work with a beautiful lustrous finish or a traditional ‘crackle’ glaze and learners will be able to craft a range of work and select a limited number of items for raku firing on the final session.
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Saturday Ceramics

This course will cover all the basic preparation and construction processes - pinching, coiling, slab building, wheel-throwing, press-moulding, surface decoration and glazing.

Tutor: Tana West

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Sculptural Ceramics

On this short course, you will get an overview of contemporary approaches to making in sculptural ceramics. To explore and experiment with a range of ceramic sculptural techniques including additive and subtractive processes, press-moulds, hand building, ceramic materials and working at scale.
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Throwing from the Hump

Throwing off the hump is a technique used to quickly make multiples of thrown form on the wheel. You will learn to throw multiples of the same small-scale pot, one after the other without having to add more clay to the wheel. This is a fun technique to learn and can be used for both functional and sculptural making.

For experienced throwers there will be the opportunity to challenge yourself by creating matching sets of pots as well as potentially creating saucers and lids.

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