Ceramics (TH)

Ceramics (TH)

This course will take you through the techniques of pottery that are used, by and large, though out the world. The first four weeks will begin with a lesson/demo of various techniques (try not to be late) and give you time to get started on any projects or experiments you might have in mind. The second half of the course will be focused on expanding those techniques through practice.


If you do have ideas before the course then please bring along some drawings or examples of what it is you wish to try out. Pinching, coiling, slab building, and joining will be explored. For the symmetrically inclined amongst you, there are some wheels to use too.


Do not be shy. If you are a beginner, then you have to start somewhere. If you are more advanced and want to work independently, that’s great too. The instructor will be at hand to answer questions and give suggestions to everyone. Pottery is lovely because it is rare that there is only ever one way to do something; the more you engage with clay, the more you will come to understand the diversity of its application.


If you can remember, bring something to take notes with - especially important when it comes to glazing! We do have some aprons at the studio but feel free to bring your own. Clay generally washes out of clothing, but don’t hold us to that.


Your work will be available to collect after the course.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will have:


  • Some pieces of solid, function, and unique ceramics to take home and use, admire, and break as you see fit.
  • An understanding of the materiality of clay and ceramic techniques, and the confidence to use that knowledge for future projects.
  • A developed appreciation of ceramics, from the everyday to historic examples.
  • The unadulterated pleasure of making something that simple didn’t exist before you came along


Please note: It is not possible for students to change booked sessions around in the event of non-attendance or arriving late to class. Due to the number of students in the room and the nature of the subject it causes an issue with health and safety regulations. Too many students in the room makes the studio too busy, therefore imposing on H&S, the enjoyment of the other students in the class and it stretches the tutor further than necessary, impacting on the quality and structure of the teaching.


If we start to allow students to alternate the days in which they attend the course it becomes very difficult to keep track of. Please only come to the lessons you are booked on to. As the course is packed full of vital information, we would encourage students to attend all lessons to get the best out of the course.


Your Tutor

Jeremy Peake Jeremy Peake has been making pots for about 35 years and has taught Ceramics and Art to adults for about 30 years. With a wealth of experience in guiding students through the various making and decorating techniques, Jeremy focuses on encouraging the creativity of individual students as early as possible and building their preferences and strengths. He produces his own work from his workshop near Ely.


Tuition fees: £115.00
Materials Costs: £20.00
Total Cost: £135.00


No. of sessions: 8

Day Date Times
Thu 26/09/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 03/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 10/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 17/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 31/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 07/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 14/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Thu 21/11/2019 18:30-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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