Art & Crafts Pottery – Wednesdays – 6:00pm – 8.30pm

Wed 23 Sep to Wed 21 October 2020 (BLOCK 1) | A second block of 5 sessions running in Nov/Dec 2020 will be available to book online soon with priority given to those who have attended the first block | 6-8.30pm | £95 (5 weeks) | Tutor Chris Barnes


An introductory course for beginners and returning students who wish to develop their work with an opportunity to try throwing pottery on the wheel and learn hand building skills. 

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

The course explores the practical and creative applications of clay and covers a wide variety of traditional pottery techniques. Students will learn how to work safely and creatively in a pottery studio, how to make thrown and hand built pieces – and gain knowledge of decorative techniques using oxides, slips and glazes. Experienced students will learn to improve and refine their work with new techniques.

The class is run with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A creative approach to design and making is encouraged.

Tutor led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts will guide you through the process.

During the course you will learn to:

  • Beginners will be taught to use the basic forming techniques which include throwing, pinching, coiling and slabbing.
  • Experienced students will be instructed and guided at their own level.
  • The course will also include the decoration of clay surfaces using slips, stamps and texture.
  • Finally glaze application is taught with further decorative techniques including the use of resists and oxides.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:

be able to make and glaze their own clay work using a wide variety of techniques. There is not time to develop all of the skills taught in the class in one term so it is strongly recommended that students continue from one term to the next to get the most from this course.

Your tutor will discuss the course content with the class and may make some adjustments to the syllabus based on the needs of the group. He will also try to accommodate individual requirements where it is practical to do so.

Important Information

Please note there are no classes on the following dates:

28 October or 18 November 2020

A second block of 5 sessions running in Nov/Dec 2020 will be available to book online soon with priority given to those who have attended the first block

What do I need to bring with me?

 Please bring an apron and/or wear old clothes. Bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?

Costs of firing and glazing are now included in the course fee. However, should a student want to make a significantly larger quantity or large scale work, a small additional cost may be charged.

About the tutor

Chris Barnes has a degree in Sculpture and has worked as a professional potter since 1992. He has taught Pottery with adults since 1994 and has experience of teaching Art in schools from Infant to Secondary School level.

Please note that this is a continuing course, with BLOCK 2 following BLOCK 1. Places on BLOCK 2 will be prioritised initially for those enrolling in BLOCK 1. Places may be available for BLOCK 2 only, subject to availability.

Chris Barnes


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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