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Ceramics - Advanced

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    Part time

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Admission Requirements:

Students should have a basic knowledge of ceramic hand building techniques (pinching, coiling, slab, mould work and extrusion ).They should understand the materials and processes and have a willingness to experiment. Basic drawing and an interest in modern and contemporary visual art practice is useful. This is a non accredited course , so while additional research work is encouraged it is not compulsory.

Course summary

This course is structured around a series of relaxed demonstrations and project work covering the full spectrum of 3D design methods. Advanced methods for building, including throwing, joining and manipulating clay, surface treatment including texture and colours as well as glazing and firing processes are covered. Students work with various clays including: earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, paperclay and raku and will use the relevant firing processes to suit the clay used.


Fine Art & Applied Art, CIT CCAD

Timing Details

Tuesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Thursday 7th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork. College staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course Fee: €480
Tuesdays: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tutor: Mary Timmons, BA.

Part 1: 7 weeks. Students will engage in self generated projects using stone ware and porcelain clay. They will develop their ideas creatively, using appropriate hand building techniques.

Part 2: 6 weeks. Students are introduced to the basic experience of throwing as a means of expression of ideas the student specifically develops for the throwing process. Using earthenware, clay preparation, throwing, turning and firing will be explored. The learner will understand the various stages of drying clay and be able to monitor and control the drying process. Students will work with the shapes in leather hard stage, add applications where appropriate and finish shapes.

Part 3: 7 weeks. Students will focus on the ‘Raku’ process from clay preparation to vessel production using handbuilding and extrusion techniques. They will then get to experience the unique raku firing process on site, to complete their developed designs.

Students will also get a chance to create work using paper clay exploring surface treatment and textural decoration.

Throughout the course students will develop and experiment with the various decoration and glazing techniques suited to their individual work including burnishing, scrafitto, plaster carving and lazertran.

Students are asked to submit three finished pieces to exhibit in the end of year 'Adult Education' night class exhibition.

Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.

An information/enrolment evening will be held on Thursday, 7th September 2017, 6.00pm – 8.00pm at CIT Crawford College where tutors will be available to give information and answer questions on the courses on offer.

Students may enrol on the evening of the 7th September by completing the registration form (available at enrolment) and paying the course fee to secure their place.

Alternatively, students may contact the CIT CCAD office (T: 021 4335220 or E: to request an application form. Early enrolment is advisable as places are limited.

Course Enquiries, please email Mary Timmons

Request a Paper Application Form, please email:
021 4335220