Ceramics/Pottery: Introduction to Glaze Making

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This fun course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to create a range of glazes for their pottery/ceramics projects.

You will cover the basics of glaze chemistry and basic application methods. You'll then get to experiment with using multiple glazes, oxide effects and fault diagnosis.

You will also make up a base glaze and run glaze tests using oxides, stains and natural substances. 

If you want to keep practising, you can return for another class.

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn

What I'll learn

You will learn how to make best use of glazes available to you, with the time to experiment with different effects.

You will also learn how to read a glaze recipe, mix up a glaze, experiment with colour additions, alongside health and safety considerations. 


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

Some experience or understanding of glazing would be useful but not necessary.

The cost is inclusive of tuition, clay, glazes, and kiln space. Specialist materials and tools will be given out by the tutor if necessary.

You will need to bring:

  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • an apron/wear old clothes that you don't mind getting messy
  • enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn!

You may wish to bring handcream and a dust mask. If you have sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves.

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!


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.