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This pottery course in Deal will give students the opportunity to develop skills to form clay into fired objects.
Each student will be taught methods and techniques to suit their own level and pace.
The pottery studio is well equipped to do hand building work, throwing on a wheel and has kilns which fire at both stoneware and earthenware temperatures. Students have the choice to make functional or sculptural pieces so long as it is feasible within the course time and the constraints of the pottery studio.
During the course students will cover the following:
- Introduction to clay
- Clay preparation.
- Health and Safety
- Hand building techniques e.g pinching, slabbing, coiling, pressmoulding.
- Throwing techniques
- Turning techniques
- Decoration techniques
Please note, clay is paid for by the wet weight in class. All items are charged prior to and firing. Only clay supplied by Kent Adult Education is allowed in our potteries.
To find out more about our Pottery courses, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/C74LYCxZEJA
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Marilyn Williams
Marilyn has been a pottery tutor with Kent Adult Education for 7 years and has done clay workshops with children for many years.
She is a qualified teacher and has a diploma in ceramics. Marilyn has her own workshop and kiln and sells and exhibits her work around the country and in Open Studios. She uses mainly stoneware clay and specialises in making bird baths and bird vessels. Her influences range from American Indian and Minoan pottery to African art. Her own introduction to clay was through attending an adult education class.
How will I be taught?
Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and/or craftspeople and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan to record your goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills.
The tutor will provide feedback on your work through one to one guidance and group critiques. You will be able to self-assess against your individualised learning outcomes stated on your ILP.
These outcomes will be the basis of all learning. Additional Personal Learning Outcomes can be negotiated with your tutor to better meet your individual needs.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring an apron or overall to the lessons as clay tends to be a messy subject. If you have any pottery tools bring them to the first session but do not buy any equipment until you have spoken with the tutor. A notebook, pen and pencil will be useful for taking notes related to your object making. Clay is paid for by weight at a reasonable rate in class, items must be paid for before they are fired.
For Health and Safety please wear closed toe footware.
What can I do next?
Further pottery courses. The tutor will advise.
What do I need to join the course
No prior knowledge required.
This course in Deal is for all levels of ability from beginners to more experienced students.
Getting to your course
Deal Adult Education Centre
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code DEA/118164/M/LC.
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