About the Course
This workshop is for anyone interested in creating lovely porcelain art work, whether that is you are a complete beginner or you have some previous experience. There is a maximum of 6 persons on a course.
I will share with you some creative techniques that will help you make beautiful, individual pieces. There will be an opportunity to make either ornamental tea lights/vases or wall hangings, jewellery and/or flowers.
The day will start learning some simple and truly effective methods of printing onto clay using lace and other fabrics and building designs onto your work. (please feel free to bring any material that you may wish to use - from or for a special occasion such as a wedding) Following this, the rest of the morning will comprise of making wall hangings or jewellery and the afternoon an opportunity for more challenging pieces such as tea lights/vases or abstract flowers. All materials will be provided so you need only to bring enthusiasm.
Work can be collected in 2-3 weeks after firing or posted at a cost between £5-£10 depending on weight.
My name is Nik Hunter-Dale. I am a Teacher (PE/Art with 28yrs experience) and Artist. As a teacher, my passion is to pass on knowledge and understanding plus have fun in the process. As an Artist, I simply love creating beautiful things and learning new processes that inspire my imagination.
My own work is handmade and fired at my home in Levens, Kendal, Cumbria. I use porcelain clay because I love how clean it is after firing plus I like my work to appear exceptionally delicate, which means manipulating it as thin as I can. Porcelain is a strong, vitreous, translucent ceramic material, which is perfect to look delicate but in actual fact be truly tough.
My pieces are purely ornamental, intended as gifts or to brighten up your own home with some loveliness. I use fine pieces of antique lace to print onto the clay. It is then biscuit fired so it becomes strong enough to under glaze, mainly with blues and turquoise, as these are my favourite colours and the colours highlight the pretty lace detail. There are varying degrees of translucency in my pieces depending on the form and thinness of clay.
I hope you join me on a workshop to make some beautiful pieces.
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?
Refreshments of drinks and biscuits will be provided during the day.
Material to print, tools, clay, glazes and firing are included
I attended Nik's course with a friend and another lady. We had a truly wonderful day learning new techniques, chatting and producing beautiful porcelain pieces. Nik was a great teacher and host, patient and good at explaining the process and allowing us the freedom to experiment and try our own ideas as well as giving us expert tips. The experience was wonderful, in a beautiful relaxing environment, and I was so pleased with the results of our labours. Highly recommended, and I cant wait to do another course!
Liz Jones - - #22128
Really fun day with my sisters-in-law ... Nik patiently took us through the steps needed to produce 3 different items in the clay and to decorate them. It was a very relaxed day but Nik quietly kept everyone on track and made sure we each produced work of which we would be proud
Maggie Paton - - #22115
I attended a day ceramics course with Nik Hunter-Dale recently and it was brilliant! We learned how to work with porcelain clay, a very satisfying medium, and went on to make various items ourselves. Nik showed us how to create patterns in the porcelain and various paint effects. I was delighted with what I was able to make and had a fun and inspiring day.
Helen Sutton - - #22112
Fabulous day run by Nik. All materials were provided along with passion and enthusiasm for the craft. Nik is an excellent teacher, who enjoys sharing her knowledge, hints and tips. Small group meant Nik was easily able to demonstrate porcelain techniques to us all whilst also providing individual attention when needed. We each made several fabulous pieces which where left for firing to then be collected/posted. Definately recommend this course.
Jacqui Hudson - - #21096
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