What is the course about?
This course is aimed primarily at assisting learners to develop skills they have already learnt and to learn some new skills and approaches. You will build your proficiency and confidence in handbuilding and/or wheel throwing. You’ll produce quality work with given parameters, through a given project-based assignment, using contemporary and historical ceramics for inspiration. Learners will be encouraged to be experimental, within reason, to their approach to their work. This course is to assist learners in really developing their work further.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
Not suitable for beginners. This course is a natural progression for previous level 3 learners and is for learners who have already achieved a good Level 3 or for those who have equivalent skills and knowledge in Ceramics. Learners need to be able to work independently and responsibly.
What topics does the course cover?
Research and design development, intermediate and advanced construction techniques, wheel throwing, surface decoration and glazing.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Learners will receive feedback on progress from the tutor on a regular basis. At the end of the course learners will assess their individual progress and progression with the tutor. Learners will also be encouraged to partake in group critiques and self-reflection and self-evaluation.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
Although some decoration and basic glaze materials are included, we do make a charge (priced per kilo) for the clay used before the first firing only. Learners will need to pay for specialist clays and other specialist materials and firings. Some limited glaze materials may be provided. Learners are encouraged to bring in their own materials but only after discussion with tutor and technician.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the course learners will be able to develop an individual design, construct a final project and enhance and complete project work with appropriate surface decoration and glazes. This will start your process of building up a personal portfolio of work.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
This course will enable learners to progress on to other advanced courses, higher education or into self-employment. This course will help you start to build up a good portfolio of work.