Pottery Sculpture with Andy Macdermott

Ten week Creative Course


19, 26 January, 2,9,16 February, 2,9,16, 23, 30 March 2022

Half Term: 21–27 February 2022 (no teaching)


Gift vouchers available

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.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use. Please note you will be allocated 6kg of clay for the duration of the course.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+ 
Suitable for any level of experience.

What will be covered in the class?
In this 10 week course ceramicist Andy Macdermott will guide students through practical skills and expert theory on how to build sculpture from clay.  

You will learn the techniques to create two sculptural pottery works. You will learn how to create formers to build your forms and learn the sculpting techniques to develop and hone your skills.

Students are encouraged to be experimental and creative as each work created will be entirely unique to the individual. You could make a favourite animal, the human form or create an abstract, expressionist piece. You will experiment with materials and approaches. This is a great course for those with no experience or for those with some experience to gain confidence in creating larger pieces.

Low course numbers ensure an intimate setting where students will be able to access plenty of tutor support in realising their creations.

Once your work is fired, you will have the opportunity to glaze your creations.

What will you leave with?
You will leave with two fired pottery sculptures, a knowledge of the basics of pottery sculpture and how to create forms.
What will I need to bring?
All materials and tools are included. (You will be allocated 6kg of clay for the duration of the course, please see our environmental statement below).

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).

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use. Please note you will be allocated 6kg of clay for the duration of the course

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected / unwanted work at the end of term.

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.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

Sign up to our Mailing List for the latest news on Creative Courses, Free Workshops and getting involved in our artist projects.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

+44 (0)1908 608108

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Free entry

Stay connected with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

︎ ︎ ︎

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a Registered Charity no.1007409  Privacy Statement