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Sculpture: Ceramic Processes

Explore and experiment with a range of ceramic techniques specifically for sculpture such as slip casting, slab building, coiling, press moulding and simple glazing.
  • Who is it for?

    Those wishing to work with ceramics. An opportunity to try out a range of processes for the making of sculpture in ceramic materials. This will include pottery (wheel thrown), modeling, construction, casting and relevant glazing and colouring techniques for ceramics.
    Focus is on sculpture, pottery, or both - it's up to you!
    Suitable for all levels and those wishing to learn new techniques for making ceramic sculpture.

  • What does it cover?

    The course will introduce you to a variety of processes for making sculpture in ceramic materials.
    These could include:
    - Construction techniques, such as, slab building, coiling, luting, pinch forming;
    - Casting Techniques, such as, slip casting, press moulding, sprig moulding.
    - Glazing and colouring including the use of simple glazes and oxides.
    All these processes can be carried out in a range of clays and can be fired.

    You will explore your sculptural ideas using a range of processes above. You will be encouraged to follow personal projects and the tutor will assist you in developing a project plan.

    By the end of the course you will:
    1. be aware of techniques and a variety of processes for the making of ceramic sculpture.
    2. be able to select appropriate materials and resources.
    3. apply ceramic techniques to make a ceramic sculpture.
    4. be able to work in a more sustained and independent manner towards the completion of a ceramic sculpture.

  • What will it be like?

    The course is delivered by a practising ceramic sculptor. There will be individual tuition and group work. Practical demonstrations will be given to groups and individuals. You can pursue your own projects and interests or follow the projects offered. You will gain verbal feedback throughout classes on technical and aesthetic aspects to enable you to progress your project and ideas. At the end of each term we will discuss projects with the group.

    We may make a visit to a relevant gallery in one session.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    We charge a small amount for clay and firing beyond an allotted amount. Most basic materials and equipment are supplied. Some students, however, may wish to purchase special clays. It is also recommended that you begin to build up your own collection of modelling and other hand tools. Advice on selecting materials and building up a tool kit and purchasing, will be given by the tutor. Costs in the region of five pounds to twenty five pounds.

    Students should wear stout shoes and bring an apron or old shirt, sculpture can be messy, and dusty.
    Space is limited, so works can't be too large and there is a 7kg weight restriction.
    It is helpful to visit galleries and museums outside of class time to develop an awareness of contemporary art and particularly of ceramic sculpture being exhibited. This knowledge is shared with the group in regular discussions. A willingness to gather resource materials and develop ideas will enrich your work.

  • What could it lead to?

    Other art courses at Mary Ward Centre including Pre-Foundation in Applied or Fine Art courses, Foundation into Art and Design.

Available Courses

Sculpture: Ceramic Processes

Explore and experiment with a range of ceramic techniques specifically for sculpture such as slip casting, slab building, coiling, press moulding and simple glazing.

25 September 2024 – 30 October 2024
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1919
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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25 September 2024 – 30 October 2024
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1918
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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06 November 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1921
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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06 November 2024 – 11 December 2024
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1920
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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15 January 2025 – 19 February 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1923
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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15 January 2025 – 19 February 2025
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1922
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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26 February 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1925
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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26 February 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1924
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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30 April 2025 – 04 June 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1927
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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30 April 2025 – 04 June 2025
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1926
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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11 June 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1929
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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11 June 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 10:00 to 13:00
Course Code:1928
£162 / £57
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Weekend Ceramics Workshop

Discover Your Creativity with Our New Ceramics Classes!
Join us for an exciting journey into the world of pottery and ceramics. Our classes cater to all skill levels and offer a variety of options to fit your schedule. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced potter, you'll have the opportunity to explore hand-built sculptures and wheel-thrown objects, experiment with glazes, and play with textures.

15 June 2024 – 15 June 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1952
£48 / £17
1 Meeting
High Street, Stratford
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29 June 2024 – 29 June 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1953
£48 / £17
1 Meeting
High Street, Stratford
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13 July 2024 – 13 July 2024
Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1954
£48 / £17
1 Meeting
High Street, Stratford
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Ceramic Pottery And Sculpture - Morning

25 September 2024 – 04 December 2024
Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:30
Course Code:RB1014
£245 / £86
10 Meetings
Redbridge Institute for Adult Education
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15 January 2025 – 26 March 2025
Wednesday, 10:15 to 13:15
Course Code:RB1015
£292 / £102
10 Meetings
Redbridge Institute for Adult Education
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23 April 2025 – 02 July 2025
Wednesday, 10:15 to 13:15
Course Code:RB1016
£292 / £102
10 Meetings
Redbridge Institute for Adult Education
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Experimental Sculpture

This is a fun, welcoming and explorative class in which you will have the freedom to investigate and develop ideas. Use scrap, found, traditional and alternative materials to explore sculptural methods and concepts. This course encourages you to enjoy using materials and the process of 'making', so ideal for beginners or students with more experience.

23 September 2024 – 09 December 2024
Monday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1903
£323 / £113
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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13 January 2025 – 31 March 2025
Monday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1904
£323 / £113
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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