This workshop is for anyone interested in creating lovely porcelain art work, whether 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 bisque 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.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Refreshments of drinks and biscuits will be provided during the day.
Material to print, tools, clay, glazes and firing are included along with visors and hand sanitisers.
1 day (9:45am to 3:30pm)
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Would certainly recommend a course with Nik. Due to Covid, I was extremely lucky to have a one-to-one, as the other participants had to postpone to a later date.
Nik is very thorough, explains everything well and is happy to answer any questions, or suggest alternatives - just what you need when trying out a new craft.
I managed to make several pieces and decorated them ready for firing. Can't wait to see how they turn out!
If you are thinking of trying porcelain clay modelling, this is the course for you - excellent!
Response from NIKSLOVELYART:Thank you for your kind words Audrey. I thoroughly enjoyed the 1-1 session too- you certainly nailed it getting everything made. 👍🏻😁
My friend and I did this as a birthday treat for her. We had such a lovely day and we were so pleased with our finished results. Nik was so friendly and helpful. She guided us through the process, making us feel completely at ease and always allowing us the opportunity to try different ideas so that we, as well as the other lovely lady on the course with us, had really beautiful and different final pieces.
My sister and I really enjoyed the lace pattern porcelain course with Nik. She was very welcoming and professional. As all materials were provided, all we had to do was watch, learn and create our own pieces! Tea / coffee and cakes were provided whilst we were busy working away on our creations! Brilliant day, many thanks!
Response from NIKSLOVELYART:Hi Kate,
Lovely relaxing day with good tuition and plenty of time and help to create interesting things. We made lots during the day and can't wait to see how they look when fired. Would absolutely recommend this course.
Both myself and my sister have both attended 2 of Nik's courses. We loved it so much we booked on again and will be booking on again in the New Year. That says it all really, Nik is a fantastic teacher. Such a relaxing environment and everything you need to create lovely pieces and you get to take them home, once Nik has fired them for you. Just a great day thanks Nik.
I recently had a wonderful day with Nik, an inspirational teacher, and like-minded people. With expert tuition and help I managed to create some lovely pieces. Loved it!
The workshop i attended was well planned and Nik managed to keep us on track throughout the day. There was lots to learn and make. There was a mix of totally new students and those with some experience of working with Porcelain.
I enjoyed it so much I've booked on another workshop!
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!
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
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.
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.