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Pottery Workshop

Course Title:

Pottery Workshop

Course Number:

CGKV I50091


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1 (Mixed)


Geraldine McDonald

Start Date:

27 April 2018

End Date:

06 July 2018

Session Time(s):

Friday between 13:00 and 15:00

Total Sessions:


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Class Size:

Between 8 and 12 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

What will I be learning?

This is an open workshop where all abilities are welcome. Learners will have the opportunity to work creatively using clay media.

Beginners will be led through some basic methods with which to develop creative work in clay whilst experienced learners may have some of their own individual project ideas they want to develop and explore using clay media.

Demonstrations in hand building techniques will be given to show how to:

  • make ceramic items using techniques such as coils, slabs or using slump moulds
  • apply a variety of surface decoration and texture to clay
  • add colour to work using coloured slips to splash, brush, sponge or trail on to the surface of made items

All work will be left to dry and fired in the kiln at a later date, which can either be collected or glazed at another workshop session.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

 This is a none qualification course.

Who is the course for?

The workshop is suitable for all abilities.

What do I need to bring?

  • You will get dirty so bring an apron or wear clothes that can get soiled without worry.
  • If you have eczema bring your barrier cream/treatment creams with you.
  • A small notebook to record any notes will be useful to remind yourself of the work you have developed.

Are there any additional costs?

There will be a one-off £10 charge for materials for all learners at the beginning of the course. Thereafter, it will be to the discretion of the tutor if any further payment for completed pottery work needs to be made. If so, this will be charged at 40p per 100g. Learners will be encouraged to keep a written/visual log of all of their completed work for the duration of the course.

How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

 Your work itself also informal feedback from the tutor.

Can I have help in the class?

If you would like to enrol on this course but think you will need some help in the class you could have support through the Learning Partners Scheme. The scheme matches learners who need additional help with a volunteer to attend the class together. Volunteers can help with confidence, practical tasks such as cutting or measuring, reading and taking notes or communicating with the tutor and other learners.

If you would like more information about the scheme please contact Pat Ward 642308

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it's free and well worth a look!

Progression within DALS

Whatever your level of experience you can continue after this session to join another pottery course or workshop to develop your own projects.

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

  • Other Pottery Workshop session
  • 10 week Pottery courses
  • Other creative courses using different media

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:

meet enjoy learn achieve

This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!

Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Village Learning Centre


Browning Street, Derby, DE23 8DN


Ample Car Parking
Ample Cycle Parking



Disability Support:

Disabled Access to Ground Floor only
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Drinks Machine


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre, take A5250 road (Burton Rd),go along to the main crossroads with A5111 (Ring Road), turn left on A5111 Warwick Ave, take 2nd exit (straight over) at roundabout, continue and then take 1st right onto Village St and then we are on the left hand side next to Village Primary School. 01332 711371

Bus Routes:

Arriva No. 7 from the bus station and Arriva No. 5 and 5A from Babington Lane

Enrolment Information

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If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:

Enrolment Centre:

Village Learning Centre

Opening Times:

We are open: * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only)


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