The Great Pottery Hand-building Challenge for Novices

The Great Pottery Hand-building Challenge for Novices

Duration: 4 hours (inc 1 hour break and clean down time)
Start Date: Wednesday 24 July 2024
Day and time: Wednesday, 9.30am-1.30pm
Course fee: FREE
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

You will participate in a timed challenge with the intention of creating a ceramic sundial, decorated with etching and relief detail.

Entry Requirements

You must have previously completed at least Entry Level ceramics courses and be able to independently hand-build using basic skills.

This workshop is aimed at learners ready for their next step courses and ready to progress onto next level ceramics courses in September 2024.

How to apply

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

Course Content

Part of a series of Great Pottery Throw Down Experience sessions, inspired by some of the shows more quirky challenges.

In this part of the challenge, you will participate in a timed game creating a unique piece of ceramic art.  You are invited to create a sundial from the template and clay provided – after that, how it looks, the decoration and embellishments you manage to etch/create, is in your hands. The pieces will be awarded prizes for the most decorative piece of work to be produced by the end of the session.

You will be given two and a half hours to make your piece, with time before and at the end of the session for paperwork. After the workshop your work will be dried and fired and will be available to collect week commencing 9 September 2024.

The suite of workshops aims to provide you with the chance to join in on your own Great Pottery Throw Down challenges, working with clay for fun, in a purpose-built studio filled with camaraderie and fantastic resources.

Assessment Method

This is a RARPA based course, assessment is carried out though building of a portfolio and taking part within tasks matched to the individual’s personal targets.

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 could progress on to further pottery/ceramics courses.

As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner, you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential. Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.

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