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Pottery course timetables

Brief description

Pottery course. Informal practical courses developing pottery skills and technical knowledge. Mixed ability group, allowing you to work at your own pace on your own projects as your confidence and skills grow. Bring an apron.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone of any ability who would like to learn how to make pots and ceramics, or improve and practise existing skills.

Course description in brief

A practical pottery course in a relaxed and friendly learning environment, where ceramics methods and skills can be acquired, practised and enjoyed in our well equipped pottery studios. Beginners will be able to produce some ceramic pieces, while experienced learners can develop their skills through their own projects. We use stoneware clay and glazes which are fired in an electric kiln.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    How to make some ceramic pieces using studio pottery methods e.g. coiling, slab building, using press moulds, throwing on the potters wheel.

    How to decorate ceramic pieces using some pottery techniques – e.g. slips, stamps, carving, textures, sprigs.

    How to work safely in a pottery studio (Health and safety).

    How to glaze your finished pots using stoneware glazes and oxides.

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


What equipment will I need for the course?

Materials and equipment provided. You can bring your own apron or overall and pottery tools if you have them.

What materials will I need for the course?

There is a firing charge of £2.50 a kilo on the finished weight of your pots.

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

Beginners: Beginners (or those who feel they need a refresher course) can follow the projects listed below. The course is delivered by tutor demonstration, followed by the opportunity for learners to practise and produce their own pots. Both demonstration and practice time are tailored to suit the group.

Example of Projects :

1 – Coil pot with simple decoration

2 – Slab pot with textured surface

3 – Model making

4 – Moulded dish with slip decoration

5 – Throwing on the potters wheel

Experienced learners : Experienced learners may feel confident enough to work to their own project ideas with the help and guidance of the tutor. (e.g. Throwers may choose to spend their time practising on the wheel, or following throwing based projects.) Or they may choose to follow the projects above alongside new learners, but working to a higher level. Tutor demonstrations of more advanced methods can be arranged according to demand and available time.

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

Please try to attend on time each day, and inform Swarthmore if you can’t come to your class.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Continuous informal assessment through discussion with tutor and other learners. Your progress and achievement is recorded on Individual Learning Plans and in your learning log.

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

Accredited or leisure pottery or other arts courses at Swarthmore or elsewhere.

Swarthmore provides advice and guidance to learners looking for new courses, please ask at reception for an appointment with a trained member of staff.

How will I say what I think about the course?

At the end of thecourse you will be asked to complete a feedback form. If you have any problems with the course and feel you can’t talk to your tutor, then make an appointment with the Arts manager.

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
S517b 2 Monday 1pm – 3pm 7 Jan to 18 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S518b 2 Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 7 Jan to 18 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S519b 2 Tuesday 10am – 12pm 8 Jan to 19 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S520b 2 Tuesday 1pm – 3pm 8 Jan to 19 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S521b 2 Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 8 Jan to 19 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S523b 2 Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S521c 2 Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 30 Apr to 9 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S520c 2 Tuesday 1pm – 3pm 30 Apr to 9 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S522c 2 Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 1 May to 10 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (funder_code:S)
S518c 2 Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 29 Apr to 15 Jul 2019 (10 weeks) Full rate £133.00; R rate £104.00; A rate £76.00 (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.