Learn a sculptural approach to hand-building techniques, incorporating your ideas and developing your skills as you go. You will create a series of large hand-built structures that can feature a range of different methods of making. You will learn how to manipulate clay in various ways, using formers, moulds and extruded shapes, and building with different types of coils, slabs and fragments of clay.
You will also have the opportunity to experiment with different textures, incorporating embossed and printed decoration and embedding other materials into the clay surface. Oxides and body stains can then be used to enhance the surface of your finished forms. This will give you the option to fire the pieces once, directly to stoneware if you wish. You will need to work to the dimensions of the kilns available, but also look at the options of how to make work in components or sections to achieve larger pieces, and then tackle the solutions to joining the pieces, post-firing.
By the end of the course, you will have a repertoire of different approaches at your fingertips, so that you can develop and build large forms with confidence.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study.
Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or a Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts (10 three-day study blocks, over two years). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.