Course Description

Course Description

This course is a mixed ability course for complete beginners to those experienced in working with clay.
Beginners will learn a variety of hand-building techniques advancing to making pots on a wheel.
Experienced learners will be supported to design and devise their own creative pathways. They will be encouraged to expand personal boundaries through exploring new concepts and extending/refining techniques and processes.

The course aims to develop confidence and creativity through working on a broad variety of ceramics skills and techniques, incorporating both Fine Art approaches and the making and decoration of pots.

Learners can expect, during this course, to improve and further their skills. Tutor guidance will support the development personal projects whilst working with clay and types of decoration.

About your tutor

Sue is a fine art graduate with a specialism in sculpture. She has a passion for working with form and surface and has an aim to bring back the joy of handling materials and ‘making.’ Sue previously worked in pottery studios as a production thrower and demonstrator and after a long career teaching in schools returned to ceramics and
Prosp Description
1. Observe appropriate health & safety requirements in the pottery studio as set out in the MAE ground rules /learner contract
2. Prepare and use a variety of different clays and decorating techniques.
3. Create work using 2 or more different techniques: hand-building techniques: ( eg modelling, pinching, coiling, slab building) and throwing on a potter’s wheel.
4. Plan at least one project using a sketchbook to develop individual creative ideas.

Learners with more experience in the subject will work with the tutor on planning new individual projects to extend their skills and knowledge. Relevant, individual goals will be worked towards over the duration of the course.

Handouts supplied by the tutor will cover appropriate information to give students a comprehensive file which will extend their knowledge.
Prosp Learn
For all abilities. Prosp Suitable
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 store card 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
All of the items made during the course can be taken home once fired– a small charge will be made to cover material and firing costs according to finished weight. Prosp Additional Costs
Your tutor can talk to you about other subject related courses available both now and in the new programme.

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 use Moodle. Information will be provided to introduce skills, techniques, and the work of other ceramicists. 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
2.00 hrs per session
11 session(s)