Pottery and Ceramics
Our pottery programme covers all the range of making techniques and gives students the opportunity to work with a full palette of clays. It includes courses for complete beginners as well as workshops for experienced potters.
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Techniques include: Ceramics, Pottery, Raku, Ceramic sculpture or sculpting in clay, Throwing on the wheel/wheel thrown, Hand building ceramics, Glazing techniques, Porcelain, Throwing and turning, hand building, modelling, press moulding and simple mould making, Decorative techniques including brushwork, stencils, resists, coloured inlay, slips and glazes, Courses devoted specifically to earthenware, stoneware, porcelain or paper-clay, Glazing, Functional tableware, Sculptural forms and vessels, including those on an animal theme and large-scale ceramic sculptures for the garden.
Tutors include (click on their names for more information): Tim Andrews, Linda Bloomfield, Chris Keenan, Jack Doherty, Jon Barrett-Danes, Shozo Michikawa,Kaori Tatebayashi, Louisa Taylor, Amy Jane Hughes, Jane Abbott and Alison Sandeman.
At the end of a course, students may either leave their work to be completed at the College, book a place on a one-day glazing course to decorate and glaze it themselves, or take away their pieces in the raw state for completion elsewhere.
The Pottery occupies a ground-floor workshop. Facilities include eight electric wheels, a slab roller, a spray booth, gas and electric kilns and an outdoor area where raku firings take place. A range of pottery tools are available for students' use.
How to find us
West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.