NEW Introduction to Pottery 3D Campus
This course is ideal for complete beginners who have never worked with clay before, or for those with some experience, who’d like to brush up their skills and gain confidence in throwing, hand building and glazing.
What The Course is About:
You will be taught the basic skills of working with clay including throwing (working on the pottery
wheel), pinching, coiling, slab building and working with slump moulds. You’ll be introduced to a
variety of materials including stoneware clays, underglazes and coloured slips, and later in the term
decorating with oxides and glazing is introduced. For each new project, you’ll have demos,
handouts or see examples of artist’s work to inspire you. The course is designed to be taken a term
at a time, or complete all 3 terms to gain confidence and a good understanding of working with
clay. Each term the balance of hand building to throwing varies, with focus on different hand
building and decorating techniques.
3D Campus: Bentley House, 4a Disraeli Road, SW15 2DS (Directly opposite Putney Library). N.B Classes in 3D Studio 1 and 3D Sculpture Studio are not yet accessible for wheelchair users (Staircase leading to first floor). Please speak to the Admin Team who will advise an alternative course at Oxford Road (lift) or ground floor 3D Campus.
What to bring to the first session: Bring a notebook and pencil/pen and lots of ideas! You will need a waterproof wipeable apron and a hand towel / tea towel is also useful. A basic pottery tool kit including a small sponge, cutting wire,
pottery needle, wooden kidney, wooden pottery knife, a couple of trimming tools and a metal
kidney will do just fine. For hand building, a serrated kidney and pottery knife are also very useful,
as are a couple of small and medium sized paint brushes. Most of your tools can be bought in
the school shop and you will be given a list of tools needed when you join the course.
Clay will need to be weighed and paid for before firing to cover the cost of two firings and glaze/colour materials. We have Stoneware/Eathenware (Terracotta) /Porcelain clays to use.
Suitable for complete beginners who have never worked with clay or learners who have not
worked with clay for a while or need to gain confidence.
What will I achieve? You will learn the basic principles of working with clay and gain a good
grounding of the technical processes involved. You will develop a feel for the optimal consistency
and strength of clay at different stages of the making and decorating process. You’ll have been
introduced to a variety of decorating materials including slips, underglazes and glazes and you’ll
have an understanding of how to apply them to achieve an array of interesting results. The aim of
the course is to help you to develop your understanding of clay as a medium of expression for the
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