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Pottery and Ceramics

Course Code: CSC1, ADP1A

Level: 1
Subject area: Art & Design
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 15 weeks
When you'll study: Various days, 5.30pm - 8.45pm

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About the course

This course is about learning many methods of hand building in ceramics, including slab building, coiling, pinching and using slump moulds, as well as methods of decorating your pots and basic glazing. You’ll also learn the basic techniques of making pottery, using hand building and mould making techniques to produce pots of your own design, and use coloured slip and impression techniques to apply surface texture and designs.

What you'll learn

This course covers the following areas:

  • the basics of using clay to construct pots of your own design
  • how to cut and roll slabs of clay, then cut and construct a vessel from them
  • coiling techniques to construct a pot and adding surface texture and decoration
  • using a pre-made plaster slump mould, make a bowl and decorate it using coloured slips
  • using the methods you have learned to design and construct a pot of your own.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


You will be assessed by coursework.

What's next?

You may progress to other art and design courses at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.