Hands on Clay
Pottery

Experience the beauty of pottery with Life & Art Academy and learn to create wonders with clay!

The Art of Pottery is imbibed right in the history of mankind and has existed since time immemorial. The first forms of civilization of early man are recorded through various articles of pottery, which are still found intact and are regarded as precious fossils today. They tell a story of bygone era. Such is the beauty and historical value of this ancient art form.

Life & Art Academy is proud to be the first to introduce the art of Pottery and Ceramics in Chennai in the form of a structured Professional Certificate Course and Certificate Courses made available to all. Our Academy provides students with world class equipment, top branded electronic kilns and high quality pottery wheels.

At Life & Art Academy, we offer a variety of Pottery courses for students to choose from.

For students wishing to pursue a career in Pottery & Ceramic Sculpting, we offer the Professional Certificate Course in Pottery. This intense one-year programme provides an end-to end understanding and practical knowledge of pottery, beginning right at the basic level. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge to set up their own studio or production unit to take up pottery as a career.

We also offer a series of Certificate Courses for students who wish to learn the skill in short spells. The courses increase in their technique and intensity as students’ progress. Studentshave the flexibility to learn at their own pace. Before opting for any of the certificate courses, students have to first complete the Introductory Course; Level 1 - First Time Potter, which introduces students to the basics of the art and does not award a Certificate. Progressing from there on, all other levels award certificates to the students on successful completion.

Course Information
  • Full time Professional Certificate Course
    • 12 months (Half day) -
      Tues to Sat: 10.30am – 1pm
    • 6 months (Full day) -
      Tues to Sat: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Level 1 – First Time Potter
  • Level 2 – Amateur Potter
  • Level 3 – Intermediate Potter
  • Level 4 – Advanced Potter
  • Level 5 – Advanced Potter
Dates And Timings
Wed & Thurs: 10.30am - 12.30pm,
3pm - 5pm & 5pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 12.30pm,
3pm - 5pm & 5pm - 7pm
Sunday: 10.30am - 12.30pm,
12.30pm - 3pm
How to apply

An easy 3 step process to begin your artistic journey.

Step 1: Click here to download the enrollment form of your chosen program.

Step 2: Fill it up with your details

Step 3: Bring it to our academy along with 2 passport photos and a copy of any valid ID proof.

Our only condition - We want to meet you; hence the student must be present while submitting the form.

Professional Certificate Course in Pottery

In Tamil Nadu, the art of pot making is neither new nor unheard of. Our rich history records the beautiful tradition of this art through the hands of artisans who created dolls, utensils, and other household articles. Today, this art has evolved with time and has taken a new shape as one of the top preferred choices used in interior décors. We live in an age where people understand the value of handmade objects and ask for customized art creations for their homes.

Our Professional Certificate Course in Pottery provides students complete in-depth knowledge and skill to evolve as a successful artist in the field of Pottery & Ceramics. In this programme, students progress from being first time potters to expert creators within a short span of one year.The programme begins with basic understanding of clay, techniques of hand building and moulding, working with the pottery wheel and creating shapes and glazing. After many sessions which provide them training and techniques teaching, students mature into creating ceramic sculptures.

Once the basics are completed, our Professional Certificate Course students enjoy the exclusive privilege of learning two additional skills –Ceramic Murals and Ceramic Installations, which are unavailable in the Certificate Courses. Murals and Installations are fast becoming the top choice for interior décors used in modern constructions, corporate offices, galleries and in other high profile locations.

Programme fee: Rs.1,20,000/-
Duration: One year

Click here for details on final examination and grading.

Click here to view the work of Shravani, our student who completed the Professional Certificate Course in 2018 and currently working as a Pottery Instructor in U.S.A.

Career Scope:

The Professional Certificate Course is designed to provide students the practical knowledge and confidence to successfully establish and run their own creative studio catering to various industries such as modern constructions, interior decorators, architectural firms, innovative gifting solutions, home décor, crockery and cutlery firms and much more. The additional skills of Ceramic Murals and Installations give our students a fantastic opportunity to become fine artists with the ability to develop their own distinct style in their work and successfully launch their business. As the field is still in its infancy, it is an undiscovered territory offering ripe opportunities for qualified and skilled potters to make their mark in the industry.

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Certificate Courses in Pottery

At Life & Art, we offer a range of short-term Certificate Courses for everyone who is interested to learn the art of pottery. The courses progress in a series of levels, increasing in complexity and technique. Apart from the Introductory Programme (Level 1 – First Time Potter), all other courses offer certificates on successful completion.

  • Level 1 - First Time potter
  • Level 2 - Amateur potter
  • Level 3 -Intermediate Potter
  • Level 4 - Advanced potter
  • Level 5 – Ceramic Sculpting

It is mandatory for all students to complete each level before advancing to the next level. If a student has prior experience with pottery and wishes to directly begin at a higher level, this can be discussed with our Director.

Level 1 -
First Time Potter (Introductory Programme):

This is your chance to experience the art of pottery at the very basic level. Our course is specially designed to cater to students of all ages who have never tried their hand at pottery before. We begin the classes at the most basic level, providing an introduction into the realm of pottery, understanding and preparing the clay, wedging and kneading techniques, centering the clay on the wheel, creation of basic shapes, hand building and surface decorations techniques.

This is a first level course that is mandatory for anyone who is interested in learning pottery. However, certification will not be provided for this course.

Course fee: Rs. 8000/-
Course duration: 5 weeks; 10 classes of 2 hours each (twice a week)
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Level 2 -
Amateur Potter:

Students who have completed our first level course (or a similar course elsewhere) are eligible to take up this course. In this course, students will be moving to the next level of shapes, moving from the basic cylinders created in the previous course, to creating various pot shapes, bowls, pitchers, bottles etc. They will be introduced how to use pottery tools to create more intricate shapes and designs. They will also learn the art of trimming and final finishing of the products.

Students will have to work towards completing a final project at the end of the course, based on which they will be graded. Certification will be provided for this course.

Course fee: Rs. 10,000/-
Course duration: 4 weeks (8 classes) of training; 1 week (2 classes) of final project development
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Level 3 –
Intermediate Potter:

In this course students will be introduced to a higher level of pottery and will learnto create intricate designs and shapes. This is the stage where students transform into fine potters, who create consistent shapes, creative designs, various sizes and shapes and master the art of perfect wheel throwing.Students will also learn how to handle large volumes of clay and throwing off the hump.

As an Intermediate Potter, this is an enjoyable stage where you evolve into an artist, giving life to your own creativity on the wheel. The final project in this course will be creating a unique object that displays all the techniques learnt so far. Students will be graded on their understanding and finesse of the final project and will be provided with certification.

Course fee: Rs.12,000/-
Course duration: 4 weeks (8 classes) of training; 1 week (2 classes) of final project development
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Level 4 -
Advanced Potter

Once the students have understood and mastered the techniques of pottery, this is where they beautify and give life to their creations. In this level, students are introduced to ceramic glazing, which opens a whole new world of possibilities and creativity to them. One of the key elements that will be taught is the firing process, setting the temperatures and modes for the perfect finished artwork. Mastery of this art requires continuous practice and concentration.

As an Advanced Potter, students will have to complete a final project which encompasses all the techniques learnt so far in both wheel pottery and glazing. Students will be graded on their understanding and finesse of the final project and will be provided with certification.

Course fee: Rs. 16,000/-
Course duration: 4 weeks (8 classes) of training; 1 week (2 classes) of final project development
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Level 5 –
Ceramic Sculpting

Ceramic Sculpting is a unique and special course which has been designed for the students who want to stand apart from the crowd and make their mark in the world of ceramic creation.

By this stage, students would have become experts at the art of Pottery. Ceramic Sculpting, can be called the true test of an artist. Ceramic Sculpting is the culmination of two art forms – Pottery and Sculpting. Students will learn how to bring together these two great forms and bring life to their creations.

In short, Ceramic Sculpting is the pinnacle in the art of pottery making, where students complete the learning cycle and emerge as fine artists, not unlike how the simple clay transforms into a beautiful piece of art. Here, students would bring together all that they have learnt thus far, coupled with their own artistic touch and create sculptures that define them as creators. They create their own unique style and individuality as ceramic artists.

This is a very challenging stage which involves a lot of understanding, dedication, time, effort and practice from the students.

Course fee: Rs. 20,000/-
Course duration: 5 weeks (10 classes) of training
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Grading and Fee Structure

Professional Certificate Course
Pottery & Ceramic Glazing Final Examination

Students pursuing the Professional Certificate Course in Pottery would have to take up a final examination, comprising of both written and practical tests. The examination will be spread over 4 days, with a 1 hour written test and 2 hours practical assessments for 3 days. The student will have to take up the exam independently, with no guidance from our teachers and will be graded by our Director. Apart from the exam, the student will have also have to submit a final project, which will contribute to the overall grade. Based on satisfactory performance in the project and the exam, students will be awarded their Professional Certificate in Pottery.

Examination Fee: Rs.2500/- (Rs. 2000 for materials & Rs. 500 for the grading)
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Certificate Courses

Students of all Courses would have to submit a final project at the end of their respective course. They would be graded on their work and upon satisfactory completion, certificates will be awarded.

Grading Structure:

Grade A – Excellent understanding and application of course content

Grade B – Good understanding and application of course content

Grade C – Good understanding of course content and displays scope for improvement in application

Grade D – Displays scope for improvement of both concepts and application

Fee Structure:

The fee structure for all our programmes are given below:

Professional Certificate Course Rs 1,20,000/-
Level 1 - First Time potter Rs. 8000/-
Level 2 - Amateur potter Rs.10000/-
Level 3 - Intermediate potter Rs. 12,000/-
Level 4 - Advanced potter Rs. 16,000/-
Level 5 – Ceramic Sculpting Rs.20,000/-

Please note: All students will be charged Rs.500/- as a one-time registration fee for all course at Life & Art Academy.

Life & Art Academy
Membership

Our relationship with the students is not limited to just the duration of the course. After completing the course, students are welcome to become members of the Life & Art Academy as Practicing Potters and continue to use our studio to keep in touch with the art. Basic membership charges begin from Rs.7000/- onwards. Depending on usage requirements, charges may vary which will be discussed in person.

Career Scope

Life & Art Academy’s Professional Certificate Programme in Pottery is designed to provide students the practical knowledge and confidence to successfully establish and run their own creative studio catering to various industries such as modern constructions, interior decorators, architectural firms, innovative gifting solutions, home décor, crockery and cutlery firms and much more. The additional skills of Ceramic Murals and Installations give our students a fantastic opportunity to become fine artists with the ability to develop their own distinct style in their work and successfully launch their business. Murals and Installations are fast becoming the top choice for interior décors used in modern constructions, corporate offices, galleries and in other high profile locations. As the field is still in its infancy, it is an undiscovered territory offering ripe opportunities for qualified and skilled potters to make their mark in the industry.

Enrol with Life & Art Academy’s Pottery courses today, to kickstart your career in the field of pottery!

Teacher Training

Teacher Training Module available for this programme. Click here for more content.

This is an advanced training program for students who intend to become teachers of pottery. Students would have to complete all the 5 levels of pottery and then opt for this advanced training. More details is available on request.

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