10 Week Introduction to Ceramics
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About the Course
A ten week introductory course to the world of ceramic production and decoration.
Exploring the nature and preparation of clay, glazes and decorative techniques. We have a range of clays including Earthenware, Stoneware and (although not normally used) Porcelain. Most of the Glazes and colours are ready prepared, but raw materials are used to create our Majolica white tin glaze.
Our Gallery shows some of the work being produced and includes, Majolica, Agate ware, Mocha, Moorcroft and Wedgewood techniques, Iron-age techniques, Pottery figures and sculpture.
Introduction to construction techniques including wheel work, decoration using glazes, slips and ceramic colours. Maximum Class sizes of 6. The courses run from January-March, April-June. September-November.
What to expect:
Our studio specializes in teaching ceramics in a holistic manner and offers instruction for those new to the world of ceramics. Classes are informal and are kept small to guarantee a significant time on the wheel for every student if they need it. Each supervised class is two hours long.
Beginners get grounding in pottery fundamentals. They learn how to centre clay, and how to throw, trim and glaze their pots. Generally, after one 10-week session, they can make mugs, bowls, and other basic forms.
More advanced students work on refining skills and decorating techniques. They learn how to make larger and more complex forms, and explore methods for altering thrown pots to create ovals and other shapes.
Week 1 Introduction to ceramics – design, construction and decoration process.
Week 2 Preparing clay / Pinch Pots
Week 3 Coil work and using moulds
Week 4 Slab Work
Week 5 The wheel
Week 6 Elements of Sculpture
Week 7 Greenware techniques Impressing / Inlaying / Sprigs
Week 8 Slip Decoration / Stencils / Sgraffito/ Mocha
Week 9 Glazing and Underglaze techniques / resists
Week 10 Majolica / Firing
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What's included in the price?
All materials are included.
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