Photograph by Ciara Callaghan
15, 22 and 29 September; 6, 13 and 20 October; 3, 10, 17 and 24 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.
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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?
In this 10 week course ceramicist Andy Macdermott will guide students through practical skills and expert theory on how to build sculpture from clay.
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. You’ll learn how to use formers to create a hollow sculpture and how to build a solid but delicate sculpture.
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 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 ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected/ unwanted work at the end of term by carefully considering what is they make using an allowance of up-to 6kg of raw clay per term. Should more clay be required, this will be allocated at the discretion of the tutor.