Increase Your Basic Pottery Skills – Beginners 3

Increase Your Basic Pottery Skills – Beginners 3

Duration: 5 weeks
Start Date: Tuesday 13 June 2023 (Induction: Tuesday 6 June 2023)
Day and time: Tuesday, 12noon-3pm (Induction: 12noon-2pm) OR Tuesday, 5.30-8.30pm (Induction: 6.30-8.30pm)
Course fees: £37.50 / FREE inc clay (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

This course is for you if you have increased basic knowledge and are intending to work more independently. We will aim to gain confidence by making and decorating a coiled pottery project using coiling techniques over the course of five weeks.

Entry Requirements

You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of pottery skills.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

You will learn practical clay handling skills and gain a basic understanding of the working hardness of clay by learning how to use the coiling technique to build a vase or planter.  You will learn techniques such as slip and score, to join sections of clay together and using a template to inform our shapes. Once we have made our project, we will glaze it using a combination of stoneware glazes and underglazes.

During this five-week course we will cover:

  • Basic clay handling
  • Joining coils of clay together
  • Basic hand building techniques
  • Combining underglazes and engobes where applicable
  • Exploring glazing techniques by practically decorating your work

Assessment Method

This course uses RARPA as its method of assessment.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications. RARPA is a five-stage process which measures and records learners’ progress, achievements and attendance.

Where can it lead?

You may wish to progress on to one of our other pottery and ceramics courses or take a qualification such as:

Level 1 Awards

Level 2 Certificate in Creative Industries

These skills could be used in the following job roles:

  • Ceramics Designer
  • Kiln Operative
  • Own Business

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