Pottery and Ceramics
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” Working with clay can be a form of meditation, especially if you do it with care and passion like Javed Akbhdar with over 20 years of experience in the field, an apprentice of an Irish pottery master, he has taught all over the world in universities. Javed’s eclectic personality & hands on approach allows students learn technical skills and craftmanship in an environment of creativity and passion which fuels their work. The focus of this course will be interior pieces such as plates, cups, mugs and vases.
In this course, learn the foundations of pottery and sculpture from scratch while working with clay. Clay is a medium created by mixing two substances. When air-dried, this material hardens on its own, however it can be kiln fired to add colour and texture. You will learn how to model and glaze ceramics from scratch, creating some pieces with unbaked clay and others with fired clay (this will be done offsite by a provider). Students will learn how to make plaster molds that they can reuse to create an infinite number of pieces in future projects.
•Methods of pottery
•How to design freehand clay pottery
•How to form the shapes and elements
•How to preserve clay freehand pottery
•Understanding the pottery wheel
•Pottery wheel settings
•Various pottery techniques – centering, opening & pulling
•Slabbing Modeling with textures
•Pinching & coiling modeling
•Making a plastercast
•How to recycle clay
•Brief explanation of the ceramic process
•Kiln bisque fire (offsite)
•Glazing & decorate with colour slip
•Glaze fire in Kiln (offsite)
- In Studio- 2500 AED
No prior entry requirements needed.
All materials provided at the studio
Internships and the work placement program is only in conjunction with the Professional Practice Diploma. If you would like work placements it is recommended to take the higher Diploma.