York College

Enrol to this long established Art School course that delivers both expert tuition and the creative spark to ignite the imagination.  Prices have not increased for the 3rd year in a row.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is open to everyone at all skill levels from absolute beginners to those wishing to expand their ceramics proficiency.


Ceramics (pottery) is an exciting medium that is at the forefront of the divide between art and craft. This course offers the opportunity to make works which are practical, sculptural or decorative; anything in fact, that can be made in clay.

Beginners will be given structured inductions and demonstrations of the basic techniques, which they can then use to develop further ideas.

Relevant individual tuition and advice will be offered to those that already have those skills, covering a wide range of ceramic techniques and hints and tips that will help make your work successful.

Students will be able to work at their own pace. Your focus could be on investigating or improving a single technique or in experiencing all of them. You may have something in mind which you have always wanted to make but do not have the facilities or knowhow. Just bring yourself and your ideas and we will do our best to help you to realise them.

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty!

Dates & Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Length

10 weeks.

Course Content

The course offers tuition in hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab-building and press-moulding, with opportunities to throw or cast. Surface decoration, glazing and firing processes will also be covered.

Students will learn in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate health and safety provision. 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 encouraged to experiment with techniques and processes. Help with expanding your creativity, developing design, and professional advice is also available if required.

Teaching Methods

Expert tuition will be given in a specialist ceramics workshop which has large zinc-topped tables, 6 pottery wheels, a slab roller, many plaster moulds, a separate glazing room with pre-mixed glazes, glaze ingredients and a spray booth, a damp room to keep your work in, 4 large kilns and all the associated tools and resources for up to 14 people.

It offers access to different kinds of clay including porcelain for small fine work, terracotta for modelling, general clay for hand building and throwing, casting slip, and heavily grogged clay suitable for garden ware or larger work.

Exams and Assessments

There will be no test/examination associated with this course.


There is no formal qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

All equipment will be provided and there is no need to bring overalls.

The largest kiln can accommodate work up to 1m in height.

The library and other college facilities including the computer suites can be accessed using your York College ID card. Your ID card entitles you to the opportunity, for a small fee, to join the student union and take advantage of its associated benefits. You will need your ID card with you at all times when you enter the college grounds.

Parking is free after 5pm. If you wish to park at the college before 5pm you will need to obtain a visitor permit from reception and buy a ticket from the machine.


There is no limit to the number of times you can enrol on this course. Some use it for recreation, some to change direction, some to strengthen their current practice, and others to gain experience to apply for other courses offered by York College such as Access to Higher Education Diploma: Art and Design or BA Hons Contemporary Craft.



Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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