Porcelain and the wheel – functional and non-functional with Carina Ciscato

Ref: S3D33061

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About this course

As you explore form and surface, you will be encouraged to create functional or non functional objects, originated by throwing, cutting and later assembling different thrown components. An intermediate course, which you to have basic throwing skills.

Course Description

This course will explore the wheel as a tool. You will be creating objects from throwing forms, distorting, stretching, building, joining and constructing.

The aim is to broaden your skills and your understanding of the material and techniques. We will explore and experiment with throwing components and you will also be able to develop your personal ideas.

The tutor will provide source material as inspiration and there will be plenty of time for discussion of ideas between the tutor and individual students.

At the end of the course, all participants will present a selection of work for an informal group review.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing all clay, glazing and firing costs (large work in size and quantity may be charged extra).

What students need to bring

  • Overall/apron
  • Old towel
  • Cardboard boxes and tissue paper/newspaper are useful if taking away raw pots at the end of course.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pottery tools, including pottery knife and natural sponge
  • Paper, sketch pad, pencils

Additional information

Firing and glazing options: 1. Leave a selection of raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months. 2. Leave a selection of raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months. 3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Carina Ciscato

Carina was born in Sao Paulo Brazil and graduated in Industrial Design in 1992 in Sao Paulo. She then started studio pottery in Krefeld, Germany. In 1999, Carina moved to London and worked as an assistant in the studio of Julian Stair and Edmund de Waal. In 2003 Carina establish her studio in Vanguard Court, Camberwell, London


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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