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

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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This short course is the perfect introduction to the fun and fulfilling craft of pottery.

Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.
During This practical and structured ceramics course, You will be taught through group and individual tuition, as well as ongoing demonstrations.
You will work at your own pace with our friendly and experienced tutor.

Please note this course only runs during term time. 

All basic ceramics materials will be supplied by the college. 

Activate Learning offers a wide range of ceramics courses and workshops that take place throughout the year, or you might like to try a different arts and crafts course.


What I'll learn

The aim of the course is to provide you with basic pottery skills. Once fired in the kiln, you will be able to take away your own handmade pieces. Most students find immense satisfaction from working with the simple elements of clay, water and glazes, enabling them to de-stress from a busy day! 


How I'll learn

You will explore the properties of clay and learn techniques such as: 
●     Forming using pinching and coiling techniques
●     Joining techniques
●     Decoration (slip trailing, glazing, on-glaze painting and slip-glazing)
All under the patient and friendly guidance of our experienced tutor!


Entry Requirements

Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement.  

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


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.