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Ceramics Short Course


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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

This course can be taught at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels, depending on your skills and experience of working with clay.

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

This course has various start dates throughout the year. You will attend one evening per week and the course will take 8 weeks to complete.

The course takes at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

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.

As with all our leisure courses the main emphasis is to come along and enjoy the course!

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

There are no formal entry requirements. All you need is commitment and enthusiasm.

What are the course fees?

You may be eligible for Community Learning funding if you have not recently participated in a similar Community Learning programme, or received any other recent government funded training.

There are a number of fee options for this course including:

  • If you are unemployed - FREE
  • If you are employed - £30
  • If you are not eligible for Community Learning - £160

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

You may progress on to our other Art School courses or alternatively, you may wish to pursue an accredited qualification in a creative arts subject which will allow you to practice your skills in the industry.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Jim Morgan

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