Ceramics Option 1: Slips, Colour and Glazes (Intermediate)

1. Overview

Students will be able to develop their skills in ceramic technologies and production techniques.

The course offers students a chance to develop their understanding of clay and explore new techniques with an introduction to surface decoration, new glazing techniques and kiln firing processes.

Students will develop their hand-building and throwing skills, working on personalised projects to grow their understanding of surface decoration and glazing.

Teaching will include the use of oxides and stains in slips and glazes to achieve colour, and the many different techniques of mark-making onto and into the clay surface.

2. What you will study

Students will be encouraged to develop their design understanding through personalised projects, towards the production of small-scale ceramic pieces and are encouraged to keep a logbook, which reflects their personal practice, logs investigations, individual interests and the work of other artists. This will help in their understanding of the ceramic process and their own personal development.

Students will be able to build on their knowledge and understanding of the ceramic process through integrated class talks, group/individual discussion and studio-based practice.

Please note: although participants will have some making on the wheel/throwing, the course also requires other building/making skills to be covered by all students.

3. Entry Requirements

This course is recommended for those who have completed the Foundation Ceramics course or have equivalent experience.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £315

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Clothing: the class will be held in the ceramics workshops so students will need to wear sturdy footwear. No sandals, flip flops, heels or crocs are allowed.

Students are expected to have an A5 or A4 sketchbook.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One:
2 Oct - 20 Nov 2018
Semester Two:
9 Jan - 27 Feb 2019

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
7pm - 9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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