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Courses Beginner- 29515 Ceramics Foundation- Basic skills and techniques

29515 Ceramics Foundation group 2014

29515 Ceramics Foundation group 2014

Northern Beaches Ceramics currently offers one course pathway for beginners or those who have some past ceramic experience.

The Ceramic Foundation basic skills and techniques is designed to provide a broad introduction to the range of techniques one can utilize to create objects in clay. Participants learn the foundations of ceramic studio art including wheel forming, ceramic sculpture, mould making, ceramic technologies, kiln firing, colour and design plus ceramic history in a professional studio environment. Teachers will demonstrate a wide range of specific techniques and skills to assist and develop your creative potential. The foundation is a prescriptive course with a different focus discipline each term.

Jennifer Everett- 2014- 29515 Ceramic Foundation

We have four terms per year. The following outline is our typical pattern on Tuesdays however the focus for each term may differ.

Term 1 of semester 1-Hand forming focus. Learn to make vase forms inspired by historical examples using coiling techniques. 8 weeks

Term 2 of semester 1- Slip casting and Mould making focus. learn to create functional forms using plaster moulds and slip casting techniques. 8 weeks

Term 1 of semester 2- Wheel forming focus. Learn to make functional forms on the potters wheel. 8 weeks

Term 2 of semester 2- Slab forming focus. Learn to create sculptural forms using both soft and firm slabs of clay. 8 weeks

Roy Wangsa 2014 -29515 Ceramic Foundation

Ceramics Foundation  is delivered over 4 x 8 week blocks to build  1 x 32 week year of ceramic study. Ceramics Foundation courses currently run during the day from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm on Tuesdays or Fridays. Students can enter the section and set up from 8.30 am and finish at 3.30 0r 4.30 pm. We also offer the foundation at night on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 10pm. Night students can access the section on a second night (Wed Night)  to practice and develop their skills.

Sasha Mcrindle 2014

Materials charge-The majority of materials and firings are included in your enrolment fee

Clay is $17  per bag. Purchased as required

  • No prior experience is necessary.
  • No assignments or assessments.
  • Learners enrol term by term. One can start at any time of the year.
  • Cost  $495 per 8 week term.
  • Term one of semester 2- 2017 commences on Tuesday the 18th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm for 8 weeks-  Wheel forming -Teacher- Nina Matthewson- Enrol HERE


  •  Term one of semester 2-2017 commences on Tuesday nights 18th July from 6.00pm to 10.00pm- Hand Forming -Teacher Janine Brody- Enrol Here

We have two classes running on Fridays, please take care to enrol in either Wheel forming or Slip casting and Mould making.

  • Term one of semester 2- 2017 commences on Friday the 21st July from 9.30am to 2.30pm for 8 weeks- Wheel Forming–  Teacher- Nina Matthewson  – Enrol Here


  • Term one of semester 2- 2017 commences on Friday the 21st July from 9.30am to 2.30pm for 8 weeks- Slip casting and Mould making– Teacher Janine Brody- Enrol Here


  • Students could also choose to articulate into the 25993 Ceramic Foundation Intermediate skills and techniques. Here
  • Listen to one of our students Pamela speak of her experience studying at Northern Beaches Ceramics.

College – Map -Ceramics is located in C- block

Tafe Calendar- 2017-nsi-calendar

  •  What will I need to bring for my first class?
  •  Apron
  • Towel
  • Pad and pen
  • Folder for notes
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic bags to wrap work in progress.

Basic tool kits are available from the ceramics section for $13.00

For further information please contact Chris James via the contact form below.

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