Weekly Ceramics Hand-building Courses 4 sessions on Saturdays 10am - 3pm spread over the term or 10 Thursday mornings 10am-12pm with a break for half term A chance to learn how to build your imagination in clay using all hand-building techniques including modelling, coiling, slab building and pinch pots. Working in stoneware clay students will draw inspiration from a subject matter first chosen by the course leader, then their own subject(s). The course is flexible and will be delivered in a way that best suits the students and the time available to ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. 4 days of expert tuition with no more than 6 people per class in my studio with COVID safe procedures in place. Suitable for beginners. Teacher: Paula Armstrong I have been creating contemporary ceramic sculpture for over 20 years calling on inspiration from a wide variety of sources including gargoyles, African sculpture, sci-fi and organic forms. I enjoy the challenge of creating finely balanced pieces and delight when my work has an impact involving the viewer. Each piece is individually hand-built, most often in stoneware clay. My professional background has combined 20 years as a professional artist, exhibiting, curating, working to commission and teaching across the UK, with working in local authority, voluntary and community sectors. I have taught regular classes in ceramic art and painting and drawing, as well as drop-in craft workshops, lantern-making, and community art workshops.
What's included in the price?
Tools, materials and firings are all included.
Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts
I passionately believe that everyone has the ability to be creative and love teaching because of this. I get a kick out of seeing students’ faces light up when they see a piece they made fresh from the kiln that they love, especially when they weren’t expecting it to work. I have heard too many people say, “I envy you. I’m just not creative.” including some students when they first arrive. Being creative doesn’t mean being good at art and craft. It’s soooo much broader than that (but I won’t go into that here!). For myself I love trying new techniques and pushing clay to its limits. I often get asked, “how did you make that?” even by fellow ceramicists. The infinite possibilities of clay as a medium appeals to my need to constantly evolve my work and my love of learning and challenging myself . Teaching adds another layer to that.
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