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Clay workshops at Sugi Ceramics using traditional hand-building techniques

Duration: one day

Price: £80

Run by: Louise Gridley
at Sugi Ceramics

Unit 4c Station Road Industrial Estate
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HR

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About the Course

Design and make a pair of coffee cups with 2 spoons and 2 coasters. You will use use the traditional hand-building 'slabbing' technique and experiment with decorative surfaces using coloured slips, stamping, imprinting and sgraffito.

Working in an informal studio environment, above an antique furniture restorer, local artist-teacher Louise Gridley will guide you through the design and making process using clay. Creative surface decoration techniques will be explored to enable you to realise your own, unique design. Make a ceramic outcome for yourself or as a personalised gift. Workshops are suitable for all abilities.

All ceramic ware is bisque fired and glazed with a transparent glaze to enhance surface decoration. Fired ware can be picked up from the studio at a later date by prior arrangement. Alternatively, postal service is available at a small, additional cost.

Louise has been teaching Art since 2001; she is a practicing artist who loves to engage her local community through the arts. She has experience of teaching art to all ages and abilities through her work in the primary, secondary and further education sectors. She is passionate about the arts and loves engaging others through her energetic, fun teaching approach.

Engage your 'inner creativity' and enjoy the calming, therapeutic qualities of working 'hands-on' with clay. Register as an individual or with a friend. Group workshops limited to 8 people. Larger groups of up to 12 people can be accommodated. Mobile workshops can be arranged for those wishing to use their own venue.

Choose a workshop to suit you. Other workshops include:
- Make & decorate personalised a house plaque (slab technique)
- Sculpt the human form directly from a life model (coil technique)
- Make a decorative a plate / platter (slab technique)
- Make a vessel (coil technique)
- Make a cylindrical vase (slab technique)

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

What's included in the price?

The workshop runs from 10am - 4pm.
(Future workshop dates can be flexible and can be run on both the weekend and on week days. Let me know if you have any preference and I will try to accommodate you.)

All materials including aprons are provided. Each student will have their own tray of modelling tools exclusively for their use during the workshop. All ceramic ware is bisque and glazed fired and will be available to collect at a later, pre-arranged date.

Students may bring their own lunch (fridge, microwave and toaster available for use). Facilities in the village include co-op, fish n chip shop, Chinese takeaway and pub, all within easy walking distance. Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the workshop.

Parking is available for those arriving by car.

Want to review this course?

I had the most enjoyable 'clay day' today at the Sugi Ceramics workshop, Elmswell, hosted by proprietor and most talented artist Louise Gridley. I found the experience to be both therapeutic and relaxing, whilst allowing me to be present and focussed. I created a beautiful name plaque for my home titled, 'Spiritus', which is the Greek word meaning, 'Breath of Life'. It did me the world of good to get out of my comfort zone, and to be in a creative space, something I would encourage anybody to do.
Sugi Ceramics comes highly recommended to people of all ages and abilities.

In gratitude,

Emily Ford

- - #20933

Went along slightly reluctantly as would not call myself creative by any means, how wrong was I, I had a lovely day with Louise who is very patient! I enjoyed a very therapeutic, chilled and fun session making a house sign and a plate. For those of you have not tried it give it a go! Thank you Lou.

- - #20684

I had the chance to make a clay name plaque for my sister and a present for my mum which she hasn't seen yet. It was great spend half a day with other children, all sharing our learning. Louise was a great teacher.

- - #20661

I did the half day ceramics course at half term. It was really fun meeting lots of new people and doing new things. I enjoyed making my bowl the best! Thank you !

- - #20548

My 11 year old daughter did a half day workshop in half term and had a wonderful time. She was really proud of the pieces she made and has displayed them all in her room.

- - #20528

Both my daughters attended a half day course at Sugi ceramics, they had an amazing time and have both produced some great pieces!!
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and knowledge, they are looking forward to the next workshop ,

- - #20522

My 10 year old daughter did a half day workshop recently and loved it!
Today she proudly showed me her wares which were efficiently delivered back to her school.
Thank you so much Louise!

- - #20520

Alice loved the course from start to finish. It was well organised, fun, informative and a brilliant introduction to pottery.

She will definitely be back!

- - #20515

I attended a course in late 2018 and was thoroughly impressed with the course and Louise at Sugi. I made a house number plaque and two plates for family members during the day. Louise was very supportive (I last did some clay work in the 80s when I was at school!) and her enthusiasm shone through. I hope to go again in the future.

- - #19653

Response from Sugi Ceramics:

Thanks Rich! I'm pleased that you did not find the experience too daunting having not worked in this medium since school in the 80's! You were a natural. Hope to work with you again some time :)

I had such a lovely time at Sugi ceramics making a clay house number which I am really pleased with. Louise was brilliant and we all had a fun , chilled creative time .

- - #19619

Response from Sugi Ceramics:

Thank you for your review Eliza! I'm really pleased your house sign has been admired - your hawthorne design was a winner!

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