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Art School: Pottery

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
17 January 2022
Additional Start Date
18 January 2022
Study Mode
10 Weeks

This course is suitable for all abilities and anyone with a genuine desire to learn the essential skills and techniques required to provide a basic introduction to Ceramics (Pottery) as well as progressing skills and interests to a higher level.

Ceramics (pottery) is an exciting medium that is at the forefront of the divide between art and craft, and this course is no exception. Though the course is project-based, the projects themselves are open to interpretation, so the work students produce could be functional, sculptural, decorative or site-specific; anything in fact, that can be made in clay.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with techniques and processes, and to become familiar with the work of both ancient and contemporary makers. Help with expanding your creativity, developing design, and professional advice is also available if required.

Your tutor will guide you through the processes and be on hand at all times to answer questions and help you through the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with clay. Students will be given inductions into the basic techniques, while more advanced techniques will be offered to those who already have these skills.

Course Modules/units

This course covers a wide variety of skills and techniques including:

  • Coiling
  • Slab-building
  • Press-moulding
  • Throwing or Casting
  • Surface Decoration
  • Glazing and Firing Processes

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although enthusiasm and commitment are essential. Some experience of working creatively and being practical and ready to be experimental will be a bonus. This course provides space, materials and directed learning with critical feedback, along with professional development advice.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Eve)20th Sep 2021 – 29th Nov 2021, Mondays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

September (Eve)21st Sep 2021 – 30th Nov 2021, Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

January (Eve)17th Jan 2022 – 28th Mar 2022, Mondays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

January (Eve)18th Jan 2022 – 29th Mar 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

Study Method

Students will learn in a friendly and professional workshop environment with all appropriate health and safety provision.


There is no formal completion qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace. The course provides space, equipment and directed for students to produce sophisticated final pieces or just experimental outcomes.

Course Fees

Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


As well as specialist creative and art facilities, students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Completion of this course will enable students to progress on to various other Art & Design courses available at York College.

Career Progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in pottery to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests or pursue further simply for pleasure.

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