Gray's School of Art

Ceramics Option 1: Slips, Colour and Glazes

Short Course - Intermediate

Ceramics Option 1: Slips, Colour and Glazes | Intermediate
You will be able to develop your skills in ceramic technologies and production techniques.

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

You will develop your hand-building and throwing skills, working on personalised projects to grow your 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.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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

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 logbook, which reflects your personal practice, logs investigations, individual interests and the work of other artists. This will help in your understanding of the ceramic process and your own personal development.

You will be able to build on your 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.

Students are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. Students will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit their 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.


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.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support

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 those who have completed the Foundation Ceramics course or have equivalent experience.

Course fee: £315


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



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.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.