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Mark BartonMark is one of hundreds of adult students who attends an evening leisure course at St Helens College. Mark has attended the short course in ceramics since September 2017. However, his love for ceramics and pottery started back in the 1990s.

Mark explains, “In the early 90s, I studied an A level in ceramics at St Helens College. After seeing the ceramics leisure course in the online shop, I was intrigued to see whether I could still throw a pot! These classes are a great way to start learning how to use clay, using excellent facilities. It’s also a nice way to meet people of a similar creative mind.”

Mark, 55, who lives in Prescot, has attended the ceramics course every term throughout the year and is looking forward to returning again in the autumn. Mark says, “Learning about ceramics covers a vast range of skills, however, it can be really inspiring to witness what other students are producing, where you can share ideas, learning different techniques of working with clay and stretching your abilities.”

Mark adds, “When people think of ceramics they will instantly think of the potter’s wheel, but there is a lot more to enjoy when working with clay. The excitement and expectations of when your pottery is due out of the kiln and ready to hand on to an unsuspecting relative is something that I personally look forward to.

”Having expert tutors and great facilities means students get the very best from their experience. Mark says “The tutors are on hand to talk you through different aspects of working with clay and glazes. There is everything that a budding potter would need within the workshop. There is always a buzz of conversations, some relating to pottery, some not. But there’s always an entertaining tale being told somewhere.”

Hoping to inspire others to invest their time in a creative hobby such as ceramics, Mark said “It’s a place where you’ll meet people of all abilities. It’s surprising how quickly you progress and your work improves. Come and give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!”

For further information about the Short Course in Ceramics visit our Art School short, leisure course section. Alternatively, visit one of our upcoming Adult Enrolment and Information Events. They are the ideal opportunity for you to chat with tutors, find out more about courses that interest you and enrol.