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Short Course in Ceramics

During this short, leisure course you will handmake unique ceramic items from clay using a range of techniques including hand building and using a potter's wheel.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This part-time, evening course has start dates throughout the year and will take 11 weeks to complete.

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th September 2017 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 9th January 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 10th January 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 17th April 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 18th April 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The first week of the course will be induction and enrolment. This will be followed by ten weeks of theory and practical based study.

The course is held at St Helens College Town Centre Campus.

What will I study?

Over the 11 weeks you will study ceramics using a range of materials, techniques and processes.

The course is for students who wish to use clay making techniques to create hand-made ceramic items and is suitable for both beginners and those with some previous experience of working with clay.

The course will include an introduction to many hand building techniques including pinch-pots, coiling and slab building and will also take you through the making, glazing and firing processes. Work could include making bowl forms, vases and jugs as well as sculptural forms or garden pots.

Students will be directed to design and build certain objects, using a preferred technique during the sessions, but can adapt the object into more personal styles.

Those students with some experience will be able to make functional or sculptural objects of their choice working with the tutor to enhance making and decorative ideas.

All students will be able to take final pieces home with them after the glaze firing.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment. You will be given feedback based on your progress with suggestions and guidance for areas for improvement.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

To take part there are no formal entry requirements - the course is suitable for all levels.

As with all our leisure courses the main emphasis is to come and enjoy.

What are the course fees?

The total cost for this course is £130.

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Ref: Jim Morgan



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Why study Art and Design with us?

Creative Environment

You will develop your skills and creative voice in specialist studios and workshops.

Exploration of Techniques

You will explore a wide range of materials, techniques and skills to enhance your portfolio. 

Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work on live projects and briefs with local employers.


You will take regular trips to galleries, lectures and workshops for inspiration.

Employer Links

You will be taught by industry experts with strong local and national employer links.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.