About the Course
Sally Mareike's slab-building course is suitable for beginners or people who would like to refresh their skills. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to allow your natural (perhaps hidden) creativity to flow! Sally is an experienced hand-building potter and teacher of adults and children. (DBS checked)
During the course Sally will demonstrate some of the basics of slab-building techniques. Decorative techniques such as incising, impressing and applying motifs, as well as slip and oxide decorations will also be shown.
Using what you’ve learned, you will then be gently guided and supervised to create your own beautiful pots using these techniques. You can expect to have a lot of fun, feel very calm when connecting with the clay, and you may even forget any worries for a while! There'll be plenty of time to immerse yourself, to experiment and find your creativity with the magic of clay. You might make one or two pieces, such as mugs, vases, boxes, tealight holders, vessels, plaques, tiles, bowls or plates.
Once they are dry, a few weeks later, Sally will fire your work. You can choose a glaze that she can apply for you, or you could book and attend a glazing workshop and learn yet another interesting process. After glaze firing, Sally will let you know when your masterpiece(s) can be collected approximately 6 weeks later. Your work can be posted for the appropriate postage and packaging fee.
If you can’t manage the dates advertised please do get in touch, as there may be dates available to suit your needs. Sally also runs one, two and three day courses, birthday parties, family workshops and special events, and content can be adjusted to fit the occasion.
Max 5 students so help is available when needed.
Make sure you wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring several warm layers in winter as the studio can vary in temperature.
Full payment is due on booking. Fees are non refundable within 30 days of the course unless the place can be filled.
A 10% discount is offered to group bookings of five people.
Subject to availability, groups may be able to choose their own workshop dates! Please contact Sally to discuss your requirements and make your booking.
Please bring a packed lunch. There are shops around the corner to buy lunches. You are welcome to use the fridge and prepare simple food in Sally's kitchen.
Accommodation is available on site; a single and a double room.
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?
Fun, tools, materials, firing, light refreshments of drinks, fruit, biscuits and cake, including vegan and gluten free, will be provided during the course.
Attended this workshop as a treat to myself, and to try something new. Enjoyed every minute, and learnt lots. Very relaxing activity, in a friendly and laid back environment. Produced three items, and glazed a few weeks later. Looking forward to seeing the end result. Would recommend to anyone. Many thanks Sally.
Jane Pickles - - #26691
I really enjoyed this course,the time flew by as I was so absorbed in creating my bowl. Sally is a lovely lady and gave us lots of ideas and help, would recommend for a different experience.
sarah broome - - #26616
Response from Sally Mareike Ceramics:Hi Sarah, I'm so glad you had a good time! Do get in touch if you'd like to have another workshop.
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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