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Ceramics for Beginners/​Improvers at the Nottingham Ceramics School — Part-time

Course outline

These ceramics courses are based at Nottingham Ceramics School and are aimed at complete beginners, those who wish to refresh the basics and improvers who have completed the beginners course.

Ceramics for Beginners course

Beginners will be guided through the main hand-building techniques of pinching, coiling, slabbing using different clay bodies as well as an introduction to throwing. Alongside this you will be taught a range of different decorative processes using coloured slips and glazing techniques.

Under the guidance and support of your tutor, the aim is for you to build a good foundation of skills and knowledge and understand the importance of safe studio practice so you gain the confidence to work independently on your own ideas.

Ceramics for Improvers course

Leading on from our Ceramics for Beginners course, the Ceramics for Improvers course builds on the basic skills already learned. Students will be guided through self-directed ceramic projects. This course is open to anyone with basic experience of ceramics.

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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How to apply for this course

Apply now and if you need to pay any course fees, or provide evidence if you wish to claim a fee reduction, we will contact you to let you know how to do this.

For help on completing the online application form, please see our useful apply online guide here.

It is currently not possible to apply for this course. This could be due to the course being full.

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Location Date / time Fees / reductions
Unit 36
D Block
Hartley Business Centre
Ellesmere Crescent

Start: Tuesday 18th April 2023

End: Tuesday 20th June 2023

Time: 10:00am - 12:45pm

Tuition fees may be waived if you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low income. Please see our Adult and Community Learning Courses page to see if you can claim a fee reduction.

Tuition fee: £99


Course code: C040631 / Q040632


College certificate.

Level Other
Entry requirements

No prior experience is required.

Teaching & assessment

Your tutor will give you one to one feedback and discuss your progress on a regular basis.


You can progress on to the Studio Ceramics course or employment as an artist, ceramicist or designer.

Additional information

Students will be required to pay £20 directly to the tutor at the first class to cover clay, firing and glaze.

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