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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

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12 weeks
12 weeks

- Fees subject to change
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New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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Explore a range of techniques to create sculptures from ceramic materials!

Explore and experiment with a range of ceramic techniques specifically for sculpture such as:

  • slip casting
  • slab building
  • coiling
  • press moulding
  • glazing

This course is suitable for people of all levels of experience who have an interest in sculpture. We offer a broad range of ceramics courses at City of Oxford College to support your creative progression. You can discuss the various avenues for progression from this course with your tutor.

Please note: This course runs during term time only.

What I'll learn

The course offers a formal introduction to basic techniques, materials and processes of sculpting with clay.

These could include:

  • coiling
  • press moulding
  • slab building
  • carving from clay
  • beginner's level slip casting 
  • use of different types of clay
  • the application of colour

You will develop spatial, proportional and visual awareness. This can include the exploration of methods to create compositions, accurate observation and evaluation of your work, drawing to test ideas for your sculpture in its early stages, measuring techniques, the construction of simple maquettes and the possibilities of the application of colour.

You will make a range of ceramic forms to take to the first firing stage.

Please note: Only relatively small pieces of clay sculptures are appropriate for this course.


How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Formal instruction
  • Discussion
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

No previous experience needed but eagerness to learn and explore recommended!

Materials are included and our professionally equipped ceramic workshop will provide you with the right environment to support you on your creative journey.

Please bring an apron and wear appropriate shoes.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.