Although I only managed to get 8 students to answer the questionnaire this year, the results are very encouraging. They show that only 2 out of 8 students had done ceramics before the foundation course and 1 of these had only done one workshop. The standard this year was incredible, given that the teaching hours were cut to 5 hours a day, for 2 days a week, and that the final show was almost 8 weeks earlier than previous years.
7 out of the 8 students chose ceramics as their main subject, with 5 of the 8 continuing onto a BA ceramics course. 75% of the students made a glaze from raw materials, made a glaze test tile, and learnt how to read the glaze test tile during the course.
Similar figures resulted this year for the majority of students who used the skills sharing chart and learning a technique from a fellow student.
The results are convincing me to continue to use the skills sharing chart, and encourage the use of test tiles and experiments. With the merging of the foundation courses of Wimbledon, Camberwell, and Chelsea at a new site in Camberwell for the coming 2011-2012 intake of 750 students, sadly, ceramics is no longer being offered as a subject.