Pottery for Beginners


  • Start Date: Monday 16 September 2024
  • Date & Time: Monday 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Venue: Impington Village College, New Road, CB24 9LX
  • Tutor: Kate Baxendale
  • Course Level: Beginner
  • Weeks: 10
  • Terms: 1
  • Fee per term: £160
  • Additional Course Costs: All materials are included in the cost, however there is a small charge if a large amount of clay is used.

Course Description

Try your hand at making beautiful creative objects out of clay. During this course, you will build knowledge of pottery processes, develop hand building skills and explore decorative techniques. Demonstrations and guidance are given throughout the course, from introducing basic hand skills through to one-to-one teaching on developing ideas and building your own unique pieces.

This course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills before progressing to the improver level.

Aims and Objectives

  • To learn how to prepare clay for use and learn about maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Introduce hand building techniques – slab modelling; press moulding; thumb and coil pots
  • Gain practice in decorative techniques – scarffito; scoring; relief, and imprinting
  • Gain practice in applying colour – slips and glazes
  • Understanding stages of pottery from green clay to finished piece

Progression – what next? 

Our pottery improvers course would be an ideal next step.

How progress and success will be recorded

Students will produce final outcomes as part of the ten-week programme.

Materials / Equipment required for First Class

Please bring the following to your first session:

  • Tea towel, cloth and apron
  • Medium / large freezer bags
  • Sketchbook is recommended
  • Pencil

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