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Who is this course aimed at?

The course covers a range of essential skills and techniques to provide a basic introduction to Ceramics (Pottery) as well as taking 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.

Entry Requirements

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 Times

January 21st 2020 - 31st March 2020, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Tuesdays

Course Length

10 Weeks

Course Content

The course will cater for all abilities and will mainly specialise 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 given inductions into the basic techniques, while more advanced techniques will be offered to those who already have these skills.

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.

Teaching Method(s)

Tuition will be given in specialist workshops.

Exams and Assessments

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


There is no formal qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace. The course provides space, equipment and directed.


To other Art School courses; or to further education and higher education courses in Art, Design and Craft.

Course Fees

The course will cost £275.

Reasons to choose this course

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.

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.

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