Ceramics Kick Start!! 2/3 Day course

Duration: 2 days

Price: £215

Run by: Geraldine francis/Sue Whelan
at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio

01380 840666

Unit 11 The Old Potato Yard

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About the Course

Would you like to work with clay? Think you might like to develop ceramics as a hobby? Not sure where to start and need help to find and develop your inspiration? Then this unique course is for you.

With many years of teaching and making behind them Geri and Sue have now developed this new course for those who would like to learn and make and perhaps take there ceramics on to the next level. This is a course for beginners or those with some knowledge who have the 'fire in their belly" & will give even the most inexperienced the knowledge and skills to be successful. Geri and Sue believe that everyone can be creative and will sensitively guide students through the making processes.

Day 1: Takes students step by step through hand building techniques, covering all the basic skills. Clay types and uses will also be covered as well recycling of clays and slip decoration and glazing.

Day 2: Building on the knowledge from the first day you will be able to experiment further with decoration and slips and will be introduced to the potter's wheel, after a skilful demonstration each student will have a 1:1 tutorial and opportunity for further practice. In Day 2 we will also give students' ideas on developing inspiration, and the keeping of note books. Our aim is for students to leave the course with the knowledge and confidence to develop your own projects and/or have the basic knowledge to work towards setting up your own hobby studio. Experienced tutors will guide you through the whole process, so whether you have worked creatively before, or you are totally new to artistic endeavours we are confident that you will achieve your goals with this course.

And as an added bonus students' have the option to book for a Raku session on the Sunday before the 2 day course commences for an additional cost of £50. Allowing students to experience the wonderful and exiting form of outdoor firing and giving an amazing insight to the process.
Small groups of 5-6 may book their own dates to suit, please contact the studio to discuss.
The classes are small so places are limited. Visit our website for more details.

Please note as with all our courses we have a minimum number of students required to run the course, should we need to cancel the course for any reason then a full refund will be given.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A sketch book and drawing materials, clay, firing and glazing, protective clothing.

A lovely buffet lunch provided by Planks Farm shops for the 2 day course. Students collect their work once fired or can arrange for them to be sent for the postage cost.

Young adults under 25 may use this course as part of an Arts Award Qualification. Please ask for details.

Want to review this course?

Hugely enjoyable ! Something I'd always wanted to try and was bought as a gift for me. Sue and Geri are really friendly and knowledgeable have helped me try new techniques and encouraged and inspired me. I've made lots of different pieces which are functional and it makes me proud to use them. I love coming to Fired Thoughts, always fun and the time flies by!

- - #15297

I have been coming to Fired Thoughts for over a year. I have learnt alot from Geri and Sue's help and expertise.
I came with my mum, at first as she has always been keen to have a go at sculpture and ceramics. I thought it would be fun to have a go together.
Geri and Sue really helped my mum, to come out of her shell and she created some really lovely pieces. Which she's very proud of!
I would definitely recommend to people to come to Fired Thoughts, if they wanted to experiment with ceramics. As Geri and Sue are lovely ,very encouraging and knowledgeable. They make you feel welcome and it's lovely relaxed atmosphere. The main thing is to have some fun with clay.

- - #14980

I was a complete beginner and my daughter thought this would make a great Christmas gift for me. She was so right. Both Sue and Geri create a thoroughly enjoyable experience in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst sharing their vast knowledge and skills with patience (and a sense of humour). I’m hooked - wish I’d discovered Fired Thoughts years ago.

- - #14652

Very friendly and knowledgeable for all levels. Very patient with me as a complete beginner. Also really flexible drop in / out I work shifts and can't always make same times every week. They start with basics and encourage you to try new things and techniques.

- - #3824

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