This Pottery in Tunbridge Wells will guide you through the whole process of making objects in clay through demonstrations on hand-building, throwing and glazing techniques. You will learn slabbing, pinching, coiling and basic throwing skills on the potters' wheel. There will be an opportunity for you to achieve different decorative effects through personalised projects. You will understand how glazes are made and the various effects that can be made using them. You will be expected to do some research towards your projects at home. This could be collecting found images or drawing out your ideas.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Design, develop and add a type of embellishment for your pot
Design and use hand building techniques to create slab/coiled/moulded vessels/sculptural pieces
Use hand throwing techniques with different tools to throw larger, wider, thinner, repeat sized bowls/vessels
Experiment with a variety of decorative methods from traditional English and other cultures to create an array of designs to use on the surface of your pots
Be aware of and work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Susana Garcia Flores
How will I be taught?
Craft courses provide an opportunity for you to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including: demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical.
Your tutor will give you feedback during the sessions and during one to one tuition. You will also be given the opportunity to tell your tutor what you want to achieve in the class and you will be able to measure your own success against your Individualised Learning Plan.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
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, glazes and firing are costed by weight and the size of the item you create.
Please note this course is run at TN2 Community Centre.
What can I do next?
Further Pottery or Craft courses with Kent Adult Education.
What do I need to join the course
The course is designed for anyone interested in making objects in clay, whether through handbuilding or using the potters wheel.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity.
Getting to your course
TN2 Community Centre
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/110546/K/NC.
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