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York College

Ceramics (pottery) is an exciting medium that is at the forefront of the divide between art and craft, and this course is no exception. Though the course is project-based, the projects themselves are open to interpretation, so the work students produce could be functional, sculptural, decorative or site-specific; anything in fact, that can be made in clay.

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and commitment are essential. Some experience of working creatively and being practical and ready to be experimental will be a bonus. This course provides space, materials and directed learning with critical feedback, along with professional development advice. There is no formal qualification and students can work at their own pace.

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again soon. For more information please contact the InfoZone on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them on 01904 770770.

Course Content

The course will cater for all abilities and will mainly specialise in hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab-building and press-moulding, with opportunities to throw or cast. Surface decoration, glazing and firing processes will also be covered.

Students will learn in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate health and safety provision. Your tutor will guide you through the processes and be on hand at all times to answer questions and help you through the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with clay. Students will be given inductions into the basic techniques, while more advanced techniques will be offered to those who already have these skills.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with techniques and processes, and to become familiar with the work of both ancient and contemporary makers. Help with expanding your creativity, developing design, and professional advice is also available if required.


There is no formal qualification; this is a class for pursuing personal projects. You will receive a College Certificate of Attendance to show you have attended, and will have some practical work and evidence for your Art, Design and Craft portfolio.


To other Art School courses or to our further education and higher education courses in Art, Design and Craft.

Course Fees 

Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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