Craft Skills using Natural Materials (classroom-based)
Preston Road Adult Education Centre
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This classroom-based course is aimed at intermediate level potters who are ready for the next challenge. It intends to teach you how to develop a project of your own design from the design stage, through to developing your project, embellishing it during the decorative stages, firing and glazing. While supported through each stage by tutor guidance you will learn to consider the natural properties of your materials and ways of including mixed media and or natural elements into your work. This course aims to build your confidence through practical achievement, teaching you to make it, experiment with decorating slips, stains and glazes, and gain knowledge and experience of the alchemy of firing work in the kiln.
To have an awareness of basic clay skills and techniques.
How to apply
For information on how to apply, please call The Endeavour Centre on 01482 615 349
The qualification requires you to outline a plan for your chosen project, identifying health and safety measures as your project develops, and identify and evaluate the equipment and materials you will need at the four key stages of project development. You will be introduced to innovative ways of using natural materials in your creative practise through this qualification, developing an understanding of the additional adjustments that might be required to allow your natural material into a gallery setting such as wood worm treatments, Glues that can bond porous and non porous materials and be durable to live in the outside or indoors. Through this qualification we aim to expand your skills/gain key clay handling tips and new and ideas for feed into your own creative practise.
This course is designed to introduce new and creative ideas for working with clay and natural clay bodies, decorating mediums derived from organic compounds and also incorporating found objects into our final projects. The course aims to develop your practical handling skills for working with clay and to develop the skills and techniques tailored to your own interests. Your tutor will guide you with the technical assistance for you to develop the skills you need to design, build, decorate your individual projects as well as assisting you to complete it by learning how to mount/permanently fix in an found objects to enable you to produce strong and durable pieces of ceramic work. The course will explore the factors one needs to consider when incorporating additional elements into your pieces.
In the first half of the term the group will consider types of found materials and the ways they can incorporated within your projects. By the end of the half term you will be able to source your own found object and understand how it can be incorporated as well as identify the tools and natural elements you will include in your final project.
In the second have we will build and complete our individual products with tutor led support.
By the end of the course you will have designed and crafted a final project, in doing so you will have developed a range of skills and techniques enabling you to build a strong clay structure, gaining a Level 1 qualification in the process.
This course is a Gateway Level 1 Award. You will receive guidance and support identifying and setting individual targets, feedback along your creative journey and support to achieve your aims. As well as documenting your progress using the RARPA process.
Where can it lead?
Once you have built up your confidence and skills the world of progression opens up to you. You can progress onto further accredited Pottery classes or even stretch your craft skills by enrolling onto other courses which interest you, learning new skills and gaining great highlights to add to your CV. New courses and skills give you interesting talking points and can show diverse interests and skills which all help when in an interview.
Progression routes to gateway qualifications are open to you once you have completed this course.