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Our 30 week mastering courses are in-depth programmes that will provide a unique chance to master a specialist skill. All classes will take place on Saturdays.

Pursue your ceramic skills beyond basic level.

Ceramics has a visual language in all cultures and is intrinsic to people’s lives, needs and memories. You will have the opportunity to explore new techniques and progress innovative ideas while developing your own style. Two large creative projects will challenge your technical skills and design process.

Alongside learning a variety of both modern and traditional craft skills, you will also learn how to set up your own pottery studio and business.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You will gain knowledge about ceramics and ceramicists, and gain confidence in your own skills and techniques.

You will consolidate your existing skills and knowledge and gain exposure to and opportunity to try new techniques. You will get support from our expert staff in developing your own style of ceramics and also learn the fundamentals of the design process.


How I'll learn

You will also spend time studying the work of other ceramicists and potters, past and present, as well as the different aspects of setting up and running a pottery studio, eg. health and safety.

Please bring in a notebook. The course will require extra work in addition to the training timings of approximately 2 hours per week, for example: designing projects, gallery and museum visits, attending talks and demonstrations by other potters and ceramicists, visiting craft fairs and trails.

Mastering Ceramics classes are designed as follows; 30 weeks- 90 hours Saturday 10am- 1pm Guided learning hours. 30 weeks- 90 hours Saturday 2pm-5pm Independent study in Ceramics workshop with technician present.  As part of these sessions you would be working independently, exploring your own ideas and practice we will provide tools, equipment, technical support and guidance from one of our experienced staff- who will also undertake the firing of your work in one of our 3 kilns. We can supply you with materials for an additional cost; however you can supply your own if you wish.

Classes will take place on: 22, 29 September, 6, 13, 20 October,10,17, 24 November,1 , 8 December 2018, 12, 19, 26 January, 2,9 February, 2, 9,16, 23, 30 March, 27 April, 4,11, 18, 25 May, 8, 15, 22, 29 June and 6 July 2019.


How I'll be assessed

There are no formal assessments for this course. 


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. 


How to Apply

To apply for this course, simply click on the ‘enrol’ button. You will then be taken to an enrolment form, where you will be asked to add your contact details and payment information.

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.