Course Provider: The Clay Room UK
Contact Name: Sophie Southgate
Kings Hall Farm
Course Length: 15 Hours total, 3 hours per week for 5 consecutive
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The Introductory Five Week Pottery Course is perfect for beginners who want to learn all stages of the making process, and for improvers who want to develop their skills and learn new techniques. The course will cover different hand-building techniques including coiling, slab-building and pinch-pots, different decoration techniques, how to apply glazes and also how to make your ceramics safe for firing. Everything will be provided for you, but please wear old clothes and shoes that cover your toes. The aim is to have at least three finished pieces, but there is time to make more depending on how fast you work.
Courses run either on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10am to 1pm. Or Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm to 9:30pm. You can also sign up on a Thursday morning or evening for a Ten or Twelve Week Block which covers the same as the 5 Week Intro course but in more detail. This can be paid in two parts.
What to expect: The Clay Room has just expanded into a larger workshop at a small yard, in a beautiful rural setting overlooking the Kent country side. The studio comfortably fits up to 10 people, classes are small in number and are usually between 5 and 8 people in size, so that you get plenty of one-on-one help, advice and support. All classes are friendly and welcoming, no experience is required, the projects are designed to get your creative ideas flowing. There are examples to give you starting points, and plenty of books and magazines for inspiration. You can make yourself tea and coffee at any point during the classes. There is also a social aspect to the Clay Room, and you will be invited to join us on trips to Ceramics shows and fairs, any competitions and open studios if you want to get involved.
There are two wheels, for those who want to have a go at throwing. But please note, this is not a throwing course.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are provided for you, as well as free tea and coffee.
There is a small charge for finished pieces based on weight: £6 per kg. There is no charge for pieces that break. This is to cover the cost of glaze materials and firings.
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