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Brief description

Pottery course – Trouble glazing your pots? Come along and learn some techniques that will enable you to finish off that masterpiece!

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.

  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.
  • New Learners

Course description in brief

A chance to learn about glazing techniques. Using oxides and underglazes. Different methods of applying glaze. You will have a small collection of glazing tests to take away with you.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    How to use a range of pottery glaze materials and equipment

    • To understand how to use glazes
    • To increase my visual awareness
    • About some relevant Health & Safety issues
    • To glaze some pots to take home
    • How to increase confidence and to participate in discussions

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


What equipment will I need for the course?

All equipment and materials are supplied. If you want to bring some of your own biscuit fired pots to glaze you are welcome to, but some will be supplied. A pen and note book will be needed to take notes.

What materials will I need for the course?

There is a £2 per kilo charge for materials and firing.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

A 10 hour course spread over 5 days. You will be learning about oxides, underglazes, glazes and more. How to apply the glazes and understanding which glaze to use. This is a practical course but some theory about glazes will be taught.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students/staff.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. Natural progression will be onto the Certificated course at level 1: laterally onto another First Step’ course in another craft area; progress onto an arts leisure course . The tutor will give information about progression opportunities near the end of the course, or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S547a 3 Other 10am – 1pm 29 Oct to 1 Nov 2018 (2 weeks) Full rate £39.00; A rate £31.00; R rate £31.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.