Ceramics (M)

Ceramics (M)

This Monday evening ceramics course is fairly flexible for you to build pieces that you need or want in your life and is suitable for beginners or the more experienced potter. We offer open access for the more experienced potter and guidence through the process from start to finish for the complete beginner.


Students should approach the course with some ideas of things they would like to make in mind. Some basic sketched ideas will put you in a good position to start and achieve your expectations of the course. Pinterest is a great place to start and we also have a Hills Road Ceramics Facebook page for you to follow.


More advanced students are free to work on projects of their own, and are encouraged to ask for help and advice when needed. Total beginners are also very welcome and will be guided through various techniques including pinch, coil and slab building techniques. Surface decoration will also be examined. Four electric potters wheels are available in the studio for students to use, as well as an extensive range of glazes. Learning through controlled experimentation is encouraged.


We offer a focused and friendly environment to expand your knowledge and confidence in Ceramics. Please make sure you bring a notebook and a pen (preferably a felt tip as ballpoints tend to get clogged with the clay dust), so you can write down the steps you take, if you wish to progress with this discipline.   

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • have made some pieces you can use in your home, show off as a feature in your garden or give to friends and family as gifts.
  • have developed a knowledge and understanding of the material and its potential.
  • gained a confidence in working with clay and be aware of the best methods that suit you and how you can develop and take this knowledge further.


This course will more than likely leave you wanting more!


Please note: It is not possible for students to change booked sessions around in the event of non-attendence 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

Katy Mcdonald Katy McDonald is a practicing artist, interested in using a combination of different, often traditional methods and techniques to produce contemporary outcomes. Her work is influenced by various street artists and also shapes, patterns and growths seen in nature and decay. She is inspired by the transition of scuplture and street art escaping the gallery to develop a new life and a new audience outside the conventional exhibition environment. Katy has a passion for working with clay and helping students progress with this medium while developing their ideas and projects.   For further information on your tutor and her artistic practice please visit katymcdonaldart.weebly.com


A notebook and pen to take notes of the process, some print-outs of ceramic work you like, whether that be sculptural or functional. If you have initial sketches, no matter how rough, please bring these along too.


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


No. of sessions: 8

Day Date Times
Mon 23/09/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 30/09/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 07/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 14/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 28/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 04/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 11/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 18/11/2019 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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