Adult students see the bigger ‘pitcher’ at Winsford campus ceramics class

Mother and daughter Michelle and Emma Eppleston are just two of the many adult students embarking on the Level 1 Ceramics Creative Craft Award at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s state-of-the-art Winsford campus.

Aimed at both beginners and more experienced, the course explores a variety of ceramics techniques and processes such as using paper clay, raku, smoke firing, mould making, stoneware and earthenware glazing.

Emma Eppleston, who enrolled on the skills-based course with her mother Michelle, hopes to progress on to Level 2 and complete an Art & Design Higher National Certificate at the college. Emma commented: “It’s my dream to teach ceramics classes to children within my own workshop. Being on maternity leave has made me think about the future and the flexibility being self-employed has to offer.”

Emma loves how relaxed the ceramics classes at Winsford campus are, a thought which is echoed by her mother. Michelle added: “The College’s ceramics course was recommended to us via word of mouth. It’s a very friendly and relaxed class. I like to think there may be potential in the future for a family-run ceramics business.”

Specialist Lecturer in Ceramics, Chris Malins, who has worked for the previous Mid Cheshire College and now Warrington & Vale Royal College for over 25 years, said: “It’s an incredibly supportive group. It’s not a competition, it’s about the student as an individual, that’s the culture we like to create.”

The facilities here at Winsford really are unique. We’ve a specialist studio and first-rate equipment, including kilns, glaze room and potters wheels. There are courses to suit beginners and the more experienced.”

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