Photograph by Cat Lane
14, 21 and 28 September; 5, 12 and 19 October; 2, 9 16 and 23 November 2021
Half Term: 25–29 October 2021 (no teaching)
We are booking up to 8 people on this course however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning Covid 19.
We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.
Gift vouchers available
Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for any level of experience.
What will be covered in the class?
Over this ten week course students will learn various methods of creating form from clay in an intimate, small group guided by ceramicist Andy Macdermott. An array of pottery techniques will be demonstrated from hand building vases, to press molded dishes and creating small sculptures. Students will be invited to use a range of colours decorating slips to add detail, texture and a unique and individual finish to their creations as well as glazing the final pieces with a select number of colours.
Due to the small numbers in the group each participant will have individual support time from the tutor and will develop not only a practical ability in working with clay but also will gain knowledge and understanding of this heritage craft.
Note: this class is not suitable for those wanting to learn the pottery wheel.
Each student will receive 10kg bag of clay for the 10 week term, but if you would like more, this can be purchased through Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
What will I need to bring? You may wish to bring a sketchbook to draw designs and make notes.
Aprons or coveralls should be worn at all times, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes
Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).
Andrew Macdermott is highly skilled potter, an artist who combines a love of texture and form with real passion about the therapeutic benefits of working with clay; this combined with a background in community development means it is no surprise that Andy's patience and kindness makes him one of the most popular tutors teaching ceramics in and around Milton Keynes.
In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we will be restricting kiln firings to a maximum of 6kg (raw clay) of work per student per term.