Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics view from the studio over Ashdown Forest

    Full Time Course 

Full Time, 3 Month, Residential, Ceramic Development Course 2020

Aimed at aspiring potters wanting to discover their identity as ceramists, their distinct style and preferred materials.


Our 2020 Full-Time Students Final show on ZOOM 


Clips from our 2020 Full-Time students 

Clips from students post-course interviews 

Next Course Dates: Monday 6th September - Sunday 5th December 2021

Half Term: 25th - 29th November 

Deadline for application: 19th June 2021  

The course 

Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics front of biulding

Maximum number of students - 8

Course length - 3 months starting Sept 

Times:  9.30am – 4pm 

Supported learning hours - 12 hours a week mostly mornings

Private study hours – 17 hours a week

Total expected study hours a week – 30 hours

Fees - £4500 which includes most materials 

Accommodation costs are not included contact Emerson 

Course Aims

To give potters the time, space, materials and equipment to really explore new processes in the development of their work and style.  

To give them the confidence and skills needed to set up their own studio and to exhibit and sell their work.



Students will learn from a team of practising ceramicists. 

(Please refer to our about page for tutor profiles)

We will also be inviting some of the country's leading potters to share their expertise and knowledge such as:


John Higgs - Throwing with Expression & Innovation 

Linda Bloomfield - Glaze technology

Others to be confirmed soon

Being practitioners all our lecturers understand both the problems surrounding the creative process and what it takes to become a successful artist, supporting you professionally with marketing, pricing, finance and social media.

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Work by Olivia Goodwin 

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Work by Vesna Milankovic

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Surface Treatments and Clay Types - Design and Concept Development - Hand Building - Throwing - Glazing and Glaze Technology – Firing Methods – Studio Management - Basic Plaster mould making - Professional Development 

Work by Juliana Inniss

Work by Nicola Gillis

Assessment – Qualification

As yet the course is not accredited but graduates will be presented with a certificate of competition from the School, including a summary of the course content.


Students are not given grades but during individual tutorials will be constructively critiqued and encouraged. Deadlines for completing projects will be important and help to deepen their exploration and development.

The final show is an important opportunity for each graduate to; present their work, receive feedback, make contacts, sell and take commissions. Plus working towards the show gives them invaluable experience of the pressures of deadlines.

Maintaining excellent attendance, timekeeping, and respect for other people and the working environment will be expected.

Teaching Methods will include group and individual tutorials to discuss ideas and clarify concepts. Individual projects will be set that are specifically designed to encourage students to creatively explore and engage with their chosen themes and interests.


As well as demonstrations, talks and outings, tutors would be on hand to help and provide support for long periods most days.


Students will be encouraged to find out what they really love. If it be a piece of architecture, a pebble found on the beach or a rusty drain cover, it will help them to establish their own ideas and pathways to follow. They will also be encouraged to take risks and rise to creative challenges to really explore different working methods and the materials.


They will be expected to manage their own space, recycle clay, mix up glazes and pack and fire the kilns. Keeping a sketchbook to work through ideas, recording results and take notes will be essential. Familiarizing themselves with the history of studio ceramics, visiting galleries and following favored artists on social media will be important.

Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics outdoor kiln site salt gas and raku kilns

            Outside kiln site 

Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics our soda kiln

                 Our Salt Kiln 

Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics Joe Finch soda kiln building
Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics Joe Finch soda kiln building
Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics Joe Finch soda kiln firing
Forest Row School of Ceramics Joe Finch soda kiln reduction firing

                Joe Finch building and firing a Soda Kiln with us. Fuelled with gas and wood 

Monthly Breakdown


Phase  1 – Introduction to techniques that student may have limited knowledge of, to open up new possibilities of exploration.

Phase  2 – Students decide on a personal focus in their work.

Phase3 - Students work on producing a body of work that shows a strong direction and character for a final exhibition, a celebration of their development and the start of their professional careers as Potters.


We will continue to mentor and support them in their journey ahead.

Full-time-course | UK | Forest Row School of Ceramics classroom interior.

Facilities, Materials and Working Environment


We have a fully equipped studio including 8 electric wheels, a pug-mill plus electric and gas kilns, and can: Salt, Raku, Saggar and Pit Fire. Plus cover Oxidation and Reduction Firings.


Materials will be ordered depending on students requirements.

There is a small kitchen with a fridge and kettle for the preparation of hot and cold drinks and light snacks.

Listening to the views of students  


Student feedback is important and is obtained through project evaluation forms.

All feedback will be taken seriously and responded to as necessary. 

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Work by Babbity Barwick 

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Enrolment Process

Deadline for application is 19th June 

Apply online using the application form below.

Applicants should have a strong collection of ceramic pieces, sketchbooks, and any supporting material. They should show a passion and commitment to following a career in Ceramics.

All applicants will be contacted in early June

Interviews will be via skype and successful applicants will be informed by mid July.

               Work by Cornelia Hofstetter



Accommodation is on campus at Emerson College, the convenience of which allows students maximum time to fully immerse themselves in their journey with clay. Access to the studio will be available at all times. Students can choose to stay late and work at weekends and will learn from each other in a vibrant community of potters.

The grounds are beautiful and atmosphere peaceful which encourages creativity.

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                    Work by Marija Bichan 

Emerson College is a centre of education for adults offering courses for personal learning and development and has a lively community of residential and non-residential like-minded people. Each week, there is a range of evening activities that are open to all students such as: storytelling performances, concerts, plays, poetry evenings, festivals, choir, and the occasional lecture.


Please look at the Emerson website for more details and booking.