Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

19+, Leisure courses

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If you’re interested in developing your skills in pottery and sculptures, our Ceramics course will teach you the skills and knowledge required to create beautiful and inspiring works of art.

Working with a diverse range of materials and styles, you will be taught how to create a range of decorated clay items using traditional hand building techniques.

Our course is designed to support those who are interested in expanding their hobbies and interest, or would like to enhance their current understanding and techniques.


Course objectives

To provide you with the general skills, knowledge and understanding which underpin a variety of ceramic activities, methods and processes:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles and theories surrounding ceramics
  • Learn the techniques of crafting ceramics
  • Explore different styles and design influencers for ceramics
  • Produce your own portfolio of work


Course details

Course duration


10 weeks

Afternoon session: Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm 2hours per week, 20 hours in total

Evening session: Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm 2hours per week, 20 hours in total

Course starts: 9 October 2019



Entry requirements

The course is designed for all students with a passion for working with clay and enjoy 3D modelling.

Teaching team

Tim Jarvis (Course Leader)


To make and decorate ceramic artwork using hand building techniques.

Drawing and design
The session covers the techniques involved in drawing and designing concepts for your ceramic piece. This will help you to refine your design and explore new styles before commencing your project.

Manipulation and construction
Throughout the course, you will learn how to manipulate and mould the material into your chosen design. You will be taught the techniques and process for professionally sculpting and modelling the clay.

Firing and glazing
After refining your piece, you will understand the techniques and principles with decorating ceramic pieces through glazing and firing.

Assessment and exam information

Informal discussion and assessment is at regular intervals throughout the course.


Career and progression

Work experience

This course does not offer work experience.

Enrichment opportunities

This course does not offer any enrichment activities.

Learner progression

The course aims to improve your ceramic skills in terms of a hobby or whether you aim to improve your skills to progress to the Level 2 or Level 3 Art & Design course.

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study.


Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with the programme. Students are able to keep their work.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan


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