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.
Clips from students post-course interviews
We are glad to announce that we are planning to run 2 courses next year one starting in April and one in September as usual. We have had such a lot of applicants for this September some of which now, due to COVID19 issues can't commit to this year. So we have given them places on our new April course. We do still have places for then. Deadline for application on our April 2021 course is 31st December 2020
Deadline for application on our September 2021 is 28th May 2021
Maximum number of students - 8
Course dates: 7th September – 29th November 2020
Times: 9.30am – 4pm
Half Term: 26th - 30th October 2020
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 - £3900 which includes most materials
Accommodation costs are not included contact Emerson
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.
Work by Olivia Goodwin
Work by Vesna Milankovic
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.
Outside kiln site
Our Salt Kiln
Joe Finch building and firing a Soda Kiln with us. Fuelled with gas and wood
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.
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.
Work by Babbity Barwick
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.
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.