Ceramics Option 1: Plaster Casting, Glazing and Multiples
Short Course - Intermediate
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Imagine the possibilities! Students can realise finer more complex forms in replica and investigate a range of glazing variations on multiple versions of the same cast. The course offers you a chance to develop your understanding of clay and plaster by exploring an introduction to mould making techniques, new glazing techniques and kiln firing processes.
You will practice building on your knowledge and understanding of the ceramic process by investigating ceramic technologies and production techniques to create earthenware, stoneware or porcelain versions of their mould designs.
You will be encouraged to develop your design understanding through personalised projects, towards the production of small-scale ceramic pieces and are encouraged to keep a sketchbook, which reflects your personal practice.
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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 provide apron and/or overalls. Students are expected to have an A5 or A4 sketchbook.
Teaching will include the use of liquid clay slip poured into plaster moulds, multi-piece and drop-out moulds, slip casting and press moulding in various clays.
Decorating slips, clear/coloured glazes, buff and white stoneware will be provided along with Kiln firings, pottery wheels, modeling tools, heat guns, rolling pins, brushes etc.
Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.
A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.
This course is not formally assessed.
You will be able to build on your knowledge and understanding of the ceramic process through integrated class talks, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.
This course is recommended for students who have completed the Foundation Ceramics course or have equivalent experience.
Course fee: £345
A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.
Clothing: the class will be held in the ceramics workshops so you 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.
GRAY'S SCHOOL OF ART MATERIALS SHOP
Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.
Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.
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Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.