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Pottery on Sundays course timetables

Brief description

Pottery course. Mixed ability in a well equipped studio. Informal practical course to learn at your own pace. Set over five Sundays.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who wants to learn pottery or develop existing skills.

Course description in brief

A practical pottery course for people of all abilities.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Made some pots to take home!
    • Used some pottery techniques including hand building and throwing.
    • Used glazes to decorate and finish your ceramics.
    • An awareness of health and safety issues in a pottery studio.

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


What equipment will I need for the course?

All basic materials and equipment are provided. Students may prefer to bring their own apron or overall, and personal pottery tools if they have them.

What materials will I need for the course?

There is a charge of £2.20 a kilo for fired pots.

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


Tutor demonstrations of pottery techniques followed by learner practise. You will learn Basic hand-building methods plus throwing and glazing. You will be able to make personal projects and develop your skills.


Working on individual projects, developing existing skills, tutor demonstration of more advanced techniques as and when appropriate.

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

Please try to attend each class, and inform Swarthmore if you cannot come.

You may want to spend some time outside class thinking about plans for projects.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Continuous assessment through discussion with tutor, other students and technician. Learners’ achievements are recorded on Individual Learning Plans.

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

Accredited pottery or other arts courses at Swarthmore or elsewhere, further pottery or art leisure courses. Swarthmore provides advice and guidance to learners looking for new courses.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Talk to the tutor or the arts manager. At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

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
S524a 5 Sunday 10am – 3pm 30 Sep to 4 Nov 2018 (5 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.