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Course Title:


Course Number:

CZNV I30147


Village Learning Centre

Learning Area:



Level 1 (Mixed)


Kathryn Borg

Start Date:

21 April 2021

End Date:

30 June 2021

Session Time(s):

Wednesday between 18:30 and 20:30

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

12 learners.


NOTE: This course has already started.

Course Information

This is an online course taught via Zoom

What will I be learning?

We will be looking at a variety of different handbuilding and decorative pottery techniques as detailed below:

  • Using clay and different materials to create decorative stamps.
  • Construct using the pinching method.
  • Construct using the coiling method.
  • Construct angled boxes and slab bowls using the slabbing technique.
  • Creating tiles using textures and imprinted designs.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

No, this course is for leisure.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for beginners, but those with pottery experience will be able to learn new and interesting techniques.

What do I need?

  • A reliable internet connection, a current email address and an electronic device
  • You will need clay (be that either clay that can be fired, self hardening clay or fimo etc)
  • A few tools - knife, old credit or store card that can be cut, cling film, old bowls
  • Apron or to wear old clothes
  • Rolling pin.
  • Plaster of Paris (optional, but would be helpful)

To connect to your online course via Zoom, you will need:

  • An electronic device of your choice connected to the Internet
  • An email address

Are there any additional costs?

The clay and plaster of Paris will be an extra cost. 

Please see below for clay and equipment suppliers:,,, 

  • The clay I recommend starting would be a buff clay (sometimes it is called school buff)
  • You can also buy self hardening clay / fimo from Hobbycraft (retail or online)
  • If you would like to buy pottery tools Ebay / Amazon have a great selection

If you are using proper clay, this can be fired at our Village Learning Centre, but only when it is safe to do so. When this is possible, I will be able to give you instructions.

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

At DALS, we use an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set and review targets and provide feedback, enabling continual reflection and evaluation throughout the course. Learners will also receive verbal and/or written feedback on marked work. Learners will use their ILP to help track and monitor their own progress towards set goals, to support personal development and achievement.

[There is no formal exam, although there is continual evaluation throughout the course].

Can I have help in the class?

At enrolment, it is important that you tell us if you have a learning difficulty or disability and require support. Learners declaring a support need will be referred for an assessment. If an enhanced support need is confirmed, a Support Package will be offered, to assist your progress in your learning and development, specific to your assessed needs.

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

You will know that you are progressing with written and verbal feedback, this will be in combination with the ILP.

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

You may wish to enrol onto another course and learn new skills, but you could re-enrol back on to the pottery course, continue with your new skills and knowledge and create individual projects. 

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 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


Drinks Machine
Staff and learners will need to bring their own refreshments


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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 956340 or 01332 956565

Bus Routes:

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

Enrolment Information

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Enrolment Centre:

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Mon - Fri 9 - 5 pm, with late evening session on Weds until 8.30 pm. All visitors to call ahead and pre-book a time slot.


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