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Thu, 24 Jun


MBC Arts Wellbeing

Free Intermediate Ceramics Course

Join us on our fun and creative, free five-week intermediate glass course, with lunch included at MBC Arts Wellbeing.

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Free Intermediate Ceramics Course
Free Intermediate Ceramics Course

Time & Location

24 Jun 2021, 10:00 – 16:30 BST

MBC Arts Wellbeing, 31 Norfolk St, Sunniside, Sunderland SR1 1EE, UK

About the Event


INCLUDES FREE LUNCH! Only 8 places available

This course is for anyone who has already completed our Beginner’s Ceramics course. We only have funding to deliver one of these popular free courses, so if you have already completed a beginner’s ceramics course read on to find out what the course covers, and how to secure your place!

Our intermediate ceramics course builds on the key learning and techniques applied at beginner’s level. On our intermediate level course you will combine techniques introduced in beginners ceramics, with an emphasis on exploring themes, developing ideas and producing individual and unique sculptural works using a number of hand-building skills. Examples of the kind of work produced include 3D masks, through exploration of theatre and other cultures. You will also get the opportunity to create soft slab sculptures and coil amphora, as well as getting the chance to work with leather hard clay and slab building techniques. Your tutor will help you to develop your design ideas and planning skills, supporting you to create individual pieces of work to take home with you, and helping you to explore your own independent projects on the course using the skills and techniques we will learn and apply together. The course also provides the opportunity to build on the glazing techniques introduced at beginner’s level, enabling you to create more ambitious, colourful and detailed pieces of work to take home with you at the end of the course.

The course also covers some interesting points of learning around how a kiln works, and the firing process involved in creating finished ceramic items.

This is a five day beginners course being delivered one day per week over five weeks, and not a series of drop-in sessions. Before you book your place, please make sure you are able to attend the full course.

Read on for information on eligibility and how to book.


You can take part in this fantastic course if you meet the following criteria:

1 – you must live in the Sunderland City Council area. This includes towns such as Houghton le Spring and Washington. If you’re not sure, check to see if you live in Sunderland Council’s area by following this link and entering your postcode:

2 – you must be aged 19+. There is now no upper age limit!

3 – you must be either unemployed, working fewer than 16 hours per week, or retired

4 – you have not taken part in one of our free ceramics courses before (however, if you have taken part in a paid one off workshop in glass, or have taken part in a free glass course, you ARE eligible to sign up for this course!)


This course will be delivered over 5 days, one day per week for five weeks, between 10am and 4.30pm (includes a lunch break with free lunch provided by us for every participant).

The course start date is Thursday, 24th June 2021, with sessions taking place every Thursday for 5 weeks.


The course will be delivered from The Elephant Tea Rooms, 72 – 74 high Street West, SR1 3DW. If you aren’t sure where this is, you are welcome to meet us at MBC HQ, 31 Norfolk Street, SR1 1EE and we can walk you over. If you want to meet at MBC HQ to walk across please make sure you are with us no later than 9.30am, so we can get you to the class in good time to start.

Please note: there is no parking at the back of our building. The nearest parking is at Nile Street car park.


We take the safety of our service users very seriously. We have full Covid-19 policies in place. We will provide sanitiser and masks for anyone who does not have one. We have safety screens and one way systems in place, and our new learning room is large enough to hold a small group of people with social distancing measures in place. Each learner will have their own set of equipment to use during each session, which we will sanitise before and after the session.

If you have any questions, please send us a direct message. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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