|What||Rolling 10-12 Week Pottery Courses|
|Where||Aylesford School of Ceramics, Aylesford Pottery, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX|
|When||3 terms per year, starting January, April and September.
Choose a two-hour session that repeats weekly:
Monday OR Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday.
Morning session (10.30am-12.30pm) OR early afternoon session (1pm-3pm) OR evening session (7pm-9pm). *NEW SESSION AVAILABLE* Monday late afternoon 3.30pm-5.30pm.
|Places||12 attendees per session|
|Duration||2 hours per week, for 10-12 weeks
(morning 10:30am-12:30pm OR early afternoon 1pm-3pm OR late afternoon 3:30pm-5:30pm OR evening 7pm-9pm)
|Suitable for||Adults of any age|
|Cost||£295 per person per 12-week course (plus materials)
£245 per person per 10-week course (plus materials)
|Equipment and materials||Essentials are provided including tools and tea and coffee. You are encouraged to bring your own tools and equipment, including your own apron. Clay is provided but is chargeable based on the weight of finished pieces.
|Level||Novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced|
|Before the sessions||֍ Please wear old clothes and shoes.
֍ You’ll find working with clay easier if you cut your fingernails short, tie back long hair, and remove jewellery on your hands and wrists.
֍ Look at some photos of previous and current students’ work to gather inspiration.
֍ Charge your phone or camera to capture some shots of your work in progress.
|During the sessions||֍ This is a relaxed course with no fixed agenda although all novice and beginner students will be guided, and you can expect to learn the following for the first few weeks
֍ How to properly prepare clay for throwing and hand-building
֍ Centring clay on the wheel and throwing simple shapes such as bowls and cylinders, trimming techniques
֍ Rolling slabs, making coils, pulling handles and joining methods
֍ Using hump and slump moulds
֍ Using different types of clay
֍ Texturing, carving and other decoration techniques
֍ Adding colour and glazing your pot so it is suitable for use
֍ Beyond the first few weeks, you will choose your own projects and you will be fully supported by your tutor to bring them to completion. You’ll work at your own pace, regardless of what other classmates are doing, and at the end of the course, you’ll have something to show for it! Your tutor is always available to answer any questions you may have or help you solve any difficulties you may be having. They will provide you with useful hints and tips regardless of your level of experience to help you improve and produce better-finished pieces.
|After the sessions||֍ You will weigh your pieces, pay for them, and put them aside for firing.
֍ Once glazed, you can use your pots for food and drink or anything else you can think of, they are ovenproof, microwavable, hand washable and dishwasher safe.
Spring: 10-week term begins week commencing 15 January
Summer: 12-week term begins week commencing 15 April
Autumn: 12-week term begins week commencing 2 September
(there will be a half-term break during each term coinciding with school holidays, and any classes that fall on bank holidays are rescheduled to the end of each term)
To be confirmed…