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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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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: Emily Stapleton Jefferis

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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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