Course Description

Course Description
Due to the current and evolving situation with Covid 19 the delivery methods of this course are subject to change. there may be times when the lessons will be held remotely, via online live video calls, use of our Moodle area, private social media groups etc. By signing up to the course you are agreeing to this wide range of teaching and learning approaches; the lessons will be held in classrooms where this is usually the case, when it is safe to do so, and may be switched to online as the need arises.
This course is planned to start in a classroom, and with reduced group sizes to allow for distancing.
Measures to reduce to risk of covid transmission (such as face masks) may be needed in adherence to national and local government and public health guidance at the time of the course.
This 15-week course is a mixed ability course for complete beginners and those with some experience. Beginners will get a thorough introduction to hand-building and potters wheel and go onto create a series of work using the different techniques learnt. More experienced learners will continue to develop their own creativity and innovative abilities expanding personal boundaries and exploring new concepts.

The course aims to develop confidence and creativity through working on a broad variety of techniques which incorporate making and decoration.

You can expect, during this 15week course to improve and further your skills to enable you to develop your own personal projects whilst working with several different clays and types of surface decoration and colour.

About your tutor

Rachele has a fine art and teaching background with an expertise in sculpture and finds her inspiration from nature and her surroundings in the Kent countryside. Since 2017 Rachele has been a very valued member of the teaching staff at MAE, delivering a range of courses across all abilities. She runs classes on Tuesday and Wednesdays evenings and will inspire you with her range of garden ceramics
Prosp Description
Learners will:
• Observe appropriate health & safety requirements in the pottery studio as set out in the MAE ground rules /learner contract
• Prepare clay for use by wedging.
• Demonstrate at least 2 from a variety of ‘making’ techniques: pinching, coiling, slab building, using an extruder, plaster molds, sectional pots and throwing on a potter’s wheel.
• Demonstrate comprehensive decorating techniques on at least 2 projects
• Develop individual creative ideas.

Prosp Learn
For all abilities Prosp Suitable
Learners will need the following tools and equipment please do not purchase until you are sure the course will run:

You will need to prepare the following tools and equipment before the start of the course:

Please bring to all sessions:

• An apron/protective clothing and sturdy footwear is essential for Health and Safety reasons. It is recommended that you do not wear anything you value highly. You may wish to bring household gloves to use when glazing.
• A notebook and pen. There is a lot of information on some aspects of ceramics and you will be glad of a notebook for reference especially when glazing your work
• A4 ring binder with plastic wallets –to build up your portfolio of work.
• Learners with previous experience may bring in an example of their own work to help in the initial assessment process.
• A silicon cutting mat (A4) or plastic chopping mat (IKEA/ Poundland)
• 1 or 2 simple wooden modelling tools
• A steel kidney scraper (an old storecard cut to shape can make an effective kidney scraper)
• A small sponge
• Tracing paper or baking paper
• A wooden dowel will be useful for checking hole sizes and can be used as rolling pin
• Rolling pin ( or similar) and piece of cloth such as an old tea towel
• A small wooden or hardboard board to support work
• Plastic bag or pencil case to transport tools back home for cleaning

The nearest supplier for specialist tools is The Clay Cellar at Brenchley,
(Please check website for opening times and delivery details.)

It is possible to improvise many tools or make your own. For example, an old storecard cut to shape can make an effective kidney scraper; a spike if required can be made with a thick crewel needle pushed into a cork.

Some of the guided learning hours will be used to set the group and individual learning targets for the course. Learners will then have time to revisit these targets with the tutor to assess progress
Prosp Anything Else
A starter amount of clay is included within the course fees, further clay can be purchased from the studio should you require it. Prices are currently £16.50 for approx. 6kg (1/2 bag) this price might change depending on market values and clay type. Prosp Additional Costs
Your tutor can talk to you about other subject related course available. Your progression course is Q000004A.

Medway Adult Education works with many partners locally such as UCA and the University of Kent; information about their courses can be found in our studios, café and on Moodle. Medway has an exciting and wide-range of events, exhibitions and activities to inspire and help you make further progress - please see the community noticeboards in the Rochester centre and again on Moodle. Your tutor will be able to talk through with you individual progression options.
If you wish to explore your learning, work or career options, you can speak to a fully trained careers advisor on 0800 100 900. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
If you need further advice please telephone 01634 338400.
Prosp After
In order to get the most out of your course you will need to attend as many sessions as possible. We recommend at least 90%. If you do have a holiday booked during term time please let the tutor know in advance so that we can help you catch up on missed sessions and ensure that you still achieve the course outcomes. If you are unavoidably ill or unable to attend please contact 01634 338400 so that we can let your tutor know, and so they can send you any work you may have missed Prosp Attendance
Learners will be encouraged to research personal project ideas through museums and gallery visits. Various handouts will be provided on techniques and sources of inspiration, Prosp Ictskills
Health and Safety Disclaimer
By participating in the live or online class you accept that you understand that pottery involves potentially hazardous tools and equipment and that such activity carries the risk of injury. You understand that it is your responsibility to judge your motor skills and physical ability.
It is your responsibility to ensure that by participating in classes and activities from Medway Adult Education, you will not exceed your limits while performing such activity, and you will select the appropriate level of task for your skills and abilities.
You understand that this is pottery activity and you will need to be suitably dressed, you will need protect your work surface and be mindful of the correct Health & Safety processes when working with clay and glazes. MAE is not responsible for damage to items in your house / home or person.
The creators, owners and distributors of this site and the material available MAE are not responsible for any injuries you may experience as a result of your use of this site and the material contained here on. By remaining on this site and/or accessing and / or using any material, you are accepting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow these basic instructions.
Prosp Health

Where applicable:

Zoom Etiquette

You will be sent an email link with the unique meeting ID for the class.
You will need this ID to join the ZOOM hosted class.
Await the invite and then join the class

We are so pleased you are joining us – but in order for all of us to have an enjoyable experience it is necessary for you to ensure that your microphone is on MUTE throughout the class, which is easily located in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.

The exception to this is at the beginning and end of the class we will all say hello with microphone on UNMUTE, so that there is a feeling of being together in the class, so we will UNMUTE on arrival and then MUTE during the class - otherwise we run the risk of hearing people’s dogs barking, telephones ringing, sound feedback etc.

If you have a question or wish to share something with the teacher, please UNMUTE and ask.

At the end of the class you will again be invited to UNMUTE – so we can say goodbye.

To join the class

Open the zoom application and select 'join a meeting'. When prompted enter the meeting ID that the tutor has sent you via email.

Please join the meeting 5-10 minutes before the class start time.
The meetings are set-up to start with participants microphones muted.

Note the quality of the picture and sound will be much better from a laptop, tablet or PC– a mobile phone may be very small and the sound quality much less.

To pin the teachers video feed to be the one in view, hover over the picture of the teacher, 3 dots will appear at the top right of the picture, click these, in the drop down menu that appears, choose 'PIN video'.

Prosp Elearn
2.00 hrs per session
15 session(s)