Ceramics & 3D Studies

It is not until the 1970s that there is any significant record of provision for Ceramics, with David Green (who wrote two very successful books) and Eric Elmes providing part-time courses and servicing classes for full-time courses. During the 1980s Dorian Birt and Mary Douglas, with Annie Halfacree as technician, built up the provision to the level of the old Northern Regional Diploma, before Ceramics became an option within the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Design Crafts in 1983. This was followed by a period of high-profile staff with national reputations visiting the College, working mostly in the Leach tradition, using natural materials, glazes and firing methods. This period was under the direction of Mike Dodd and Jim Malone before both left to start their own potteries again.

The BA Hons Design Crafts validated by UCL in 1994 saw dramatic change of style under the direction of Steve Ogden, with much greater emphasis on contemporary practice and the encouragement of individuality. In 2002 the Ceramics workshops were redeveloped and modernised with a £800K facility.

Well-equipped 3D workshops provide a base for students on Diploma and Foundation courses, and also offer facilities for students, both full-time and part-time, across the College