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Handbuilt pottery day: bowl of light


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Spend the day at Hawkwood learning how to hand-build clay bowls using pinch and coil techniques and a variety of tools to shape and smooth the surface.

Jayne uses these beautiful ‘bowls of light’ to hold candles by way of a metaphor for the light each of us carries inside to share with the world.

We’ll start the day with an introduction to clay – its properties, the process of hand-building pottery and how, as a skill that dates back to the earliest cultures, it connects us to our ancient past. We will learn about how it is sourced and made and how it differs around the country.

As we’re using a barrel-firing process to turn the clay into ceramic, we will discuss how best to shape the bowls to suit this particular process and begin to explore the different techniques we’ll be using to shape our bowls.

We will begin by making balls of clay, equally sized, in the palms of our hands. To prepare the clay, we need to work it or knead it to ensure any air bubbles are removed. After a short demonstration, we will first make a thumb or pinch pot. This simple, traditional pottery technique, uses the thumbs to open out the clay ball into a bowl shape.

After this, coils of clay are prepared and added to the previous simple pinch pot to build up its shape. As we go, we’ll smooth and refine the bowl surface using our hands and fingers and a selection of hand-building tools.

Jayne will demonstrate barrel firing. Clay needs to dry slowly and completely to prevent cracking when fired. So, the pots you build will be prepared and fired offsite.

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What's included in the price?

Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch, and refreshments.

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am


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Painswick Old Road
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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