Pottery Sculpture with Andy Macdermott

Ten Week Creative Course

Photograph Cat Lane


11, 18, 25 January; 1, 8, 22, 29 February; 8, 15, 22 March 2023

(Half term 15th February, no teaching)


Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
All skill levels welcome.

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.

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

What will students leave the class 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?
Materials and tools are included. 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).

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.

Andy 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.

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* We offer a limited number of spaces on each course at a 30% discount for those in receipt of income support such as Universal Credit and Carers Allowance. Please contact us directly for to obtain a discount code to apply at checkout. (Proof of eligibility required).
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.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

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 only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
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