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Ceramics classes in London at WAES

Westminster Adult Education Services offers some of London's best ceramics courses and facilities. Offering part-time courses during the daytime, evening and weekends, WAES students can study towards a qualification or purely for leisure in the heart of London.

We offer short courses as well as qualification courses at WAES, many suitable for beginners.

  • Our inspiring and spacious new ceramics and pottery workshop facilities include state-of-the-art kilns and 16 pottery wheels
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in a supportive setting.
  • Get the confidence and independence needed to improve your career prospects and achieve personal and professional goals. 

Learn professional methods and techniques used in the trade

Techniques taught by WAES qualified and professional tutors include wheel-throwing, figurative sculpture, glazing and surface decoration, with some of these being the focus of our short courses. Learn how to produce exquisite pots, vases, bowls, plates, cups, dishes and even tiles.

Contact us

For course enquiries or for further information please call our hotline number 020 7297 7297 or e-mail info@waes.ac.uk

Alternatively, please complete the form below with your contact details along with any specific course enquiries and we will be pleased to contact you with the information you require.

 Anna Silverton

WAES Ceramics course leader
 

With 25 years in the industry and artwork that’s been featured in everything from the Financial Times to Elle Decoration, Anna Silverton has been bringing her unique flair to the WAES ceramics department for over 10 years. 

“I aim for perfection through a constant process of review and reflection,” Anna told us. “My passion is wheel throwing. I like to interrupt and repeat  rhythmic wheel-thrown structures, to make shapes with fresh and precise profiles. I also love working in porcelain with all the pleasures and challenges it brings.”

She has built up an impressive portfolio of experiences spanning both the UK and the US, with a BA in Camberwell School of Arts, an MA at The Royal College of Art, a teaching fellowship at Syracuse University and a string of exhibitions and commission across London and the UK.

“Environment has an important effect on my work,” Anna said. “I didn’t start wheel-throwing until I went to America. I felt I had the freedom to experiment there.”

Recently, Anna has had an Open House Event as part of the Dulwich Festival and in August she completed a commission for a restaurant in Munich. Although her creative work brings its own rewards, Anna finds teaching to be one of the most enjoyable parts of her career. “It constantly challenges me,” Anna told us. “I love my students at WAES.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our ceramics workshsop 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 expert tutors and technicians. All Material costs are included in the cost of WAES ceramics and pottery courses, including clay, firing and glazes.

Ceramics workshop

The ceramics workshop at Lisson Grove is a spacious, open plan environment for up to 16 students to work at once. 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 (new in 2012)
  • Mix of glazes
  • Smart screen technology for interactive lessons
  • Huge range of materials for learners
A WAES pottery student gets to groups with one of the wheels
 
At the wheel: a WAES student using the Lisson Grove facilities
 
Exhibition visitors admire WAES students' ceramics and pottery creations

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