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Brief description

Pottery course. An opportunity to try throwing on the potters wheel in a friendly and fun environment. Beginners welcome!

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of throwing or improve existing skills. The course has something to offer all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced throwers.

Course description in brief

Beginners : to introduce students to the rudiments of throwing, give them an opportunity to practise and, hopefully, produce a few simple pots.Experienced : The teaching will be tailored to suit students needs, following a group consultation. We hope to solve a few existing throwing difficulties that students may be suffering from, and introduce new techniques and/or shapes as well.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Seen basic throwing techniques demonstrated and explained.Had time to practise and explore techniques.Met other throwers, asked questions and exchanged tips.Had a go at new techniques.

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

No, beginners are welcome

What equipment will I need for the course?

Everything is provided but you can bring your own throwing tools, old towel and apron if you have them.

What materials will I need for the course?

All the clay used by students on the One Day session will be re-used so there will be no extra costs. However, if you intend to continue on a longer course and keep the work you have created then there will be payment for the materials.

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

: Introductions, explanation of health and safety/fire escape procedures/security.Discussion of students’ requirements and current abilities leading to a group agreement on what demonstrations etc are required. e.g. experienced students may want to learn a new thrown shape, e.g. flatware, while beginners will require a demonstration of basic throwing. A rough timetable will be agreed for the day. This will be followed by preparation of clayThe following are some examples of techniques that may be covered depending on time and experience :-Throwing large pots, Tall shapes, Flatware , Bowls, Cylinders, Teapots

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

You will be expected to attend the full day workshop.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

By individual discussion with the tutor and/or the group.

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

There are several Pottery and other arts courses at Swarthmore. There are also good arts courses at other colleges in the area. Advice and guidance workers can help you decide, please make an appointment through reception.

How will I say what I think about the course?

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
S580a 5.5 Saturday 10am – 3:30pm 20 Oct 2018 (1 session) One Off £60.00 (funder_code:S)
S581a 5.5 Saturday 10am – 3:30pm 24 Nov 2018 (1 session) One Off £60.00 (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.