Pottery for Improvers


  • Start Date: Wednesday 18 September 2024
  • Date & Time: Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Venue: Impington Village College, New Road, CB24 9LX
  • Tutor: Kate Baxendale
  • Course Level: Improvers
  • Weeks: 10
  • Terms: 1
  • Fee per term: £160
  • Additional Course Costs: Basic materials for normal use are included in the cost. These materials are: Raku/white stoneware; coloured slips; some oxides and glazes. Guest clay may also be available. A charge will be made if excess clay or other materials are used to cover increased costs.

Course Description

Try your hand at making beautiful creative objects out of clay. During this course, you will continue building knowledge of pottery processes, further developing hand building skills and explore decorative techniques within the lesson. Demonstrations and guidance are given throughout the course, plus one-to-one teaching on developing ideas and building your own unique pieces.

The limitations in storage space of both materials and work in progress, and kiln space impacts on the size of the pieces produced. Small to medium sized pieces can be made. Very successful larger pieces are made but only after discussions with the tutor regarding materials, timings and space.

This course is suitable for learners who have developed the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to an improver level.

Aims and Objectives

  • Continue developing hand building skills – slab modelling, press moulding, thumb and coil pots
  • Gain further practise in decorative techniques – scarffito, scoring, relief, and imprinting
  • Experiment with applying colour – slips; oxides, and glazes
  • Understanding stages of pottery from green clay to finished piece
  • Develop own style

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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