What is the course about?
This pottery throwing course offers the opportunity for students to learn the basic skills and techniques of making thrown pots within a structured qualification course. Alongside clay preparation, throwing basic forms and turning, there will be an opportunity to develop shapes and experiment with slip and glazes.
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?
No prior knowledge of wheel-thrown pottery is required to attend this course. Learners with some experience are also welcome.
What topics does the course cover?
Centering, cylinders, bowls, simple shape forming, turning, lids, handles and spouts. Coloured slip and oxide decoration will be introduced and there will be an opportunity to enhance finished work with glazing.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Level 1 Ceramics will be assessed on a continual basis. The tutor will use observation, discussion, individual tutorials and targeted tasks with feedback. Formal assessment will take place at the end of the course. Learners will receive written and oral feedback.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
Although decoration and glaze materials are included, we do make a 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 use basic wheel throwing techniques and enhance completed work with surface decoration and glazing.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
We encourage Learners to progress on to our Ceramics Level 2 Certificate course.