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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

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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 2019-2020 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.



Course Fee: €TBC
Tuesdays: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Tutor: Luke Sisk


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.


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

Luke Sisk

Request a Paper Application Form, please email:
021 4335220