Embrace Your Inner Potter ( ceramics and pottery extension course)

Duration: 6hrs (1 day)

Price: £120

Run by: Geraldine Francis
at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio

01380 840666

Unit 11 The Old Potato Yard

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About the Course

A chance to extend your knowledge and ceramics skills by concentrating on a particular
discipline of your choice. This is a course for people who have some prior knowledge, So if you have attended our"Find Your Inner Potter" course or a similar course elsewhere this is the level for you. The courses will run on various Sundays throughout the year. Times: 10-4. You will achieve a finished project in this time. Choose from the following subjects: Slab built clock, coil built moon gazing hare and other animals, Tile making and decorating techniques or throwing (make a cup , bowl and mug, learn about turning your pots and making handles). Do browse our image gallery to see what you could be making. Please call the studio for details of dates and to speak to the tutors running the course who are both working ceramists who open their studio for you to work alongside them. Classes will be small to ensure you are able to achieve your project aims.

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?

All materials are included; clays glazes coloured slips and engobes as well as firing. We provide refreshments throughout the day. There is a popular cafe and farm shop on site too! We are happy to recommend B&B hotels nearby if you wish to extend your stay and explore the stunning Wiltshire landscape and historic monuments. If you want to book a particular date not on our list for a group then do ask for details, we are happy to tailor courses to your requirements.

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Great introduction to Raku. I would take this again to build upon knowledge learned. Sue and Gerry are great teachers and mentors in all aspects of clay and pots. A truly fun afternoon!

- - #10252

As a complete beginner to pottery courses I quickly felt comfortable in our group of five students. Bisque pots were provided for us, together with a good variety of glazes. It was fun to experiment with dipping and brushing on. Geri and Sue explained how the metal oxides could create quite unpredictable effects. We watched our pots emerge from the dramatic raku process, and scrubbed them to reveal beautiful metallic glints and subtle crackle colours. We each went home with three pots, each completely different, all with an other-worldly beauty to them. I loved the whole process and have now signed up for Fired Thoughts’ basic pottery course.

- - #9062

Gerry and Sue are brilliant. The taster really gives you a great idea of what you can do with clay and I have since become a regular visitor to the studio working on my own projects.

- - #8089

Attended my first pottery workshop on Sunday as a complete beginner and loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxed, the whole course was very well thought out, prepared and presented to give us maximum experience in the time we had. Very informative with lots of practice using different clays and techniques including throwing a pot on the wheel! Willing help if needed but not intrusive. An excellent introduction for any beginner and will wet the appetite for more!

- - #7566

Just spent a rainy Sunday at the studio and I'm inspired to do more! The Clay Day workshop gave us a great introduction to different materials and methods, and we were able to have a go at several techniques. Highly enjoyable, with a good balance of expert guidance and freedom to develop our own ideas. I'll definitely be back!

- - #7509

Sue and Geri are fabulous. My husband and I first went to fired thoughts to make ceramic tiles for our new house I was soon addicted and wanted to learn to throw. I went back to fired thoughts and cannot express how brilliant they both are. The course became like a little sanctuary for my week. The studio is lovely and well thought out with lots of resources to help you learn. Both Geri and Sue are very knowledgeable and amazing artists in their own right, who strive to continue learning in their own field and that obviously extends into thier teaching. They are patient teachers who nurture and encourage you even if your bowl looks like a plate!

- - #6327

Sue and Geri have helped me use different skills and techniques to complete my projects. I have made bowls, brooches and sculptures of an owl and a turtle. Everyone does totally different work, so it's very interesting to see what's going on. Sue and Geri make me laugh!

- - #5957

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 7th January 2018
Sunday 4th February 2018
Sunday 4th March 2018

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