What is the course about?
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.
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?
The course is ideal for beginners or those who have some understanding of ceramic processes and would like to work more independently.
What topics does the course cover?
Hand-building techniques including clay preparation, pinch pots, coil pots, soft slab and hard slab-building and press moulding. Surface decoration techniques of stamping, sprigging and slip application, which includes painting, sponging, resist, mono printing, stencilling, inlay.
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.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
All equipment, decoration and glaze materials are included, we do make a small charge (priced per kilo) for the clay used before the first firing only.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the course learners will be able to independently use basic hand-building techniques and will have made 1 or more pieces of work.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You can develop your skills further on one of our specialist short courses, or take an accredited course in Ceramics starting in September.