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Ceramics

Ceramics

Westminster Adult Education Services offers some of London’s best ceramics courses and facilities at our Lisson Grove campus. Courses take place during the daytime, evening and at weekends.

We offer short courses as well as full qualifications at WAES, many of which are suitable for beginners and leisure learners. Techniques taught by WAES’ qualified and professional tutors include wheel-throwing, figurative sculpture, glazing and surface decoration. Learn how to produce exquisite pots, vases, bowls, plates, cups, dishes and even tiles.

Our inspiring and spacious ceramics and pottery workshop facilities include state-of-the-art kilns and equipment are where you can gain practical, hands-on experience in a supportive setting.

You will gain the confidence and independence needed to improve your career prospects and achieve personal and professional goals. Plus, learn professional methods and techniques which are used in the trade.

Our Ceramic Workshop

The ceramics workshop at Lisson Grove is a spacious, open plan environment for up to 16 students to work at once. It features state-of the-art kilns and 16 pottery wheels so that every student has the resources required to gain practical, hands-on experience with the support of our expert tutors and technicians. All material costs are included in the cost of WAES ceramics and pottery courses, including clay, firing and glazes.

Features include:

  • 16 pottery wheels
  • Hot box for fast drying of work
  • Wet back spray booth for spraying glazes and slips
  • Multiple worktop/workbench areas
  • 3 large kilns
  • Mix of glazes
  • Smart screen technology for interactive lessons
  • Huge range of materials for learners

Browse our courses below or contact us for more information.

Accredited Courses
Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art and Design (Ceramics)
Day(s): Tuesday and Wednesday
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Weeks: 34
Start Date: 10/09/2024
Other Dates Available: 1
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £4,029
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

The Level 2 Diploma is for those who want to build on their skills and knowledge to further develop and explore their creativity and technical knowledge in the area of ceramics. You will refine and continue to enhance your skills in a way that will enable you to practically respond to challenges and issues that motivate you. You will explore a wide range of techniques, continually experimenting with these to push the boundaries of your work to produce highly individual creative responses.

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Level 3 UAL Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Ceramics)
Day(s): Thursday and Friday
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Weeks: 32
Start Date: 12/09/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £4,721
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

The Level 3 Diploma is for those who want to build on their skills and knowledge to further develop and explore their creative ceramics practice. You will refine and continue to enhance your skills in a way that will enable you to visually respond in a contemporary format to challenges and issues that motivate you. You will explore a wide range of techniques, continually experimenting with these to push the boundaries of your work to produce highly individual creative responses.

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Level 1 NCFE Award in Creative Craft (Ceramics)
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Weeks: 11
Start Date: 24/04/2025
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £715
Level: Level 1
Concessions: Yes

This course will cover all the basic preparation and construction processes - pinching, coiling, slab building, press-moulding, wheel throwing, surface decoration and glazing. It will teach you skills necessary to progress onto our UAL Level 2 course in ceramics.

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WAES Courses
4-Day Wheel Throwing Intensive
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Tuesday to Friday
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Weeks: 1
Start Date: 28/05/2024
Other Dates Available: 1
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £339
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

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.

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Ceramics: Working with Wild Clay and Minerals
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Monday
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Weeks: 4
Start Date: 03/06/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £199
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

On this short course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to begin working with wild clay and minerals to make ceramics. The course covers how to find and identify local material resources, processing techniques, testing and troubleshooting clay bodies, slips and glazes made from wild clay, stone and ash.

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Developing Ceramics Skills: Intermediate-Advanced
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Weeks: 5
Start Date: 04/06/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £329
Level: Level 2
Concessions: No

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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Progress with Ceramics: Intermediate-Advanced
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Weeks: 6
Start Date: 05/06/2024
Other Dates Available: 1
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £169
Level: Level 3
Concessions: No

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).

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Ceramics for Jewellery Design
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Thursday
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Weeks: 3
Start Date: 06/06/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £99
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

This specialist short course which will focus on making ceramic beads for jewellery.
You will be guided through different techniques for making ceramic beads using specialist clays, coloured stains, and lustres. You will be taught about the different states of clay/ceramics including shrinkage, modelling techniques, marbling and glazing techniques using nichrome wire.
By the end of the three weeks you will have a small but unique collection of beads from which you can go onto to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

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Ceramics on Saturday
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Weeks: 5
Start Date: 08/06/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £329
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

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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Raku
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Saturday
Time: 10:30 - 16:00
Weeks: 4
Start Date: 29/06/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £279
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

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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Glazing Workshop
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Monday
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Weeks: 1
Start Date: 15/07/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £49
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

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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Ceramics Summer School
LOW AVAILABILITY
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Weeks: 5
Start Date: 17/07/2024
Other Dates Available: 1
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £329
Level: All Levels
Concessions: No

The course is a 'summer school' for current students who wish to continue to craft over the summer break. It 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 from a personal student created brief, using contemporary and historical ceramics for inspiration.

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Ceramics Taster

On this single session, you will be introduced to hand building techniques used to make ceramic objects and sculpture, through practical demonstration and guidance and have a go at making your own object in clay.

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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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Evening Ceramics

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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Hand Building Techniques 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 Mould Making and Slip Casting

On this short course, you will be introduced to the processes of mould making and slip casting as well as a brief overview of more experimental approaches to using slip.

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Introduction to Tile Design

This specialist short course focuses on the ceramic surface, with a specific attention given to working on your very own series of decorated tiles. You will be guided through a range of processes exploring repeated patterns and experimental printing techniques for your own tile designs. You will learn how to effectively apply your designs, illustrations or painterly surfaces to your tile forms using techniques such as mono-printing with clay slips, paper and fabric stencilling.

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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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Introduction to Ceramics

This course will cover all the basic preparation and construction processes - pinching, coiling, slab building, press-moulding, wheel throwing, surface decoration and glazing. It will teach you skills necessary to progress onto our UAL Level 2 accredited course in ceramics.

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Why study at WAES?
  • Highly qualified and professionally experienced tutors
  • Accessible Central London centres with bespoke facilities and great transport connections
  • A wide range of in-person, online, distance learning and community-based courses
  • Unique work experience opportunities through partnerships
  • Guest speakers offer introductions to career pathways in a variety of sectors
  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships or further learning including university
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