Come and join Roop from RAMP in the Mid Devon Countryside at the newly established Devon Applied Arts Workshop. Set in rolling fields outside Silverton, between Exeter and Tiverton, the space is a well heated, purpose-built studio workshop for the Applied Arts with wheelchair access and ample parking.
We are running a six-week beginners ceramic evening class for 2 and half hours on a Thursday evening from 6.30-9.00. A maximum of ten students per class.
Roop will introduce you to a range of core processes of making and decoration in clay. These will include hand building with molds, slabs, coils and pinch pots. The potter’s wheel will be available also so you can try your hand at this. We will cover decoration, exploring textures impressed into the clay, slipware techniques and glazes at Earthenware and Stoneware temperatures.
By the end of the classes you will have made and decorated at least three items which will be fired and available to pick up after the course has finished. This course is aimed at beginners, and all are welcome no matter you’re your experience of ceramics is.
The aim of the classes is to learn new skills in a relaxing, informal, well-equipped studio with friends or new people. Unleash some creative energy and get hands on with the clay.
To book a place on the course please click on the "contact course provider" button above.
What to bring:
Just yourself, clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in. Sensible shoes or boots (no open-toed sandals please) are a very good idea and rings, nice watches and jewellery have been known to get covered or lost in the clay, so you might want to leave them at home.
About Roop & Al
Roop has been a practising potter since 2001 having graduated from the Ceramics Degree and Postgraduate Diploma at Edinburgh College of Art. He has extensive teaching experience, including visiting lecturing at what is now UCA Farnham and Plymouth University, the Dartmoor Arts Summer School, and since 2009, at Exeter College and School of Art. He has a Certificate in Education from Plymouth University.
He has been working with his partner Alice as RAMP (Roop and Al Make Pots) since 2001. Alice's predominant role has been in developing the characteristic RAMP style of surface decoration. Together Roop & Al have exhibited widely at craft fairs and exhibitions across the UK. They are members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the CPA (Craftsmen Potters Association of Great Britain).
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Six x 2 ½ hour sessions of tuition on a Wednesday evening.
All tools, materials and firings included with the aim that you will be able to complete at least three pieces of work during the course.
Students are welcome to bring their own ideas to the course and ambition is welcomed, though there may be a further materials and firing charge, depending on scale.
Refreshments: Plenty of tea, coffee, biscuits, cake will be readily available!
Roop Johnstone at RAMP - Roop & Al Make Pots
Devon Applied Arts Workshop Dunsmore Silverton, Exeter Devon EX5 4DU
Rupert is an encouraging teacher who provides just the right amount of technical information and support to ensure everyone is able to produce something they value. The venue is spacious and easy to find, with no parking hassle.
I really enjoyed this 6 week introduction to pottery course and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a go at creating pots.