Art School: Pottery
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.
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.
This course covers a wide variety of skills and techniques including:
- Throwing or Casting
- Surface Decoration
- Glazing and Firing Processes
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.
Completion of this course will enable students to progress on to various other Art & Design courses available at York College.
Dates & course durations
Duration: 10 weeks
Monday evenings: 9th January – 20th March 2023
Tuesday evenings: 10th January – 21st March 2023
Students will learn in a friendly and professional workshop environment with all appropriate health and safety provision.
As well as specialist creative and art facilities, students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.
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.
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.