About the Course
This friendly, relaxed, workshop takes place in a peaceful studio in the Kingsgate Workshops Trust building. This clay session can be treated as a one off taster or as a creative afternoon that you can repeat. Its a great way to get away from the busy world outside for a few hours. This session can be treated as a one off or something you can repeat.
By the end of this session you will have made and decorated a usable bowl (that is dishwasher proof) using the pinching and coiling method. You will be guided through the making and decorating process joining and pinching out ropes of soft clay then paring your bowl to obtain a satisfying curve.
You will then decorate your bowl with ceramic slips and oxides with your personal design.
There is guidance each step along the way with demonstrations of techniques and explanations of what comes next and why. Your bowl can be inscribed with a message and or a date and a name. A decorated bowl or making a bowl is an excellent celebratory gift to give to a friend or a relative, or you can use it yourself !
When you have made your bowl it will be biscuit fired, then glazed and fired again on your behalf. Finished work can be posted or collected.
About the Teacher
After training at Harrow School of Art Josie Warshaw established her studio at Kingsgate Workshops Trust. Over the years she has combined her studio practice with teaching in adult educational settings including; Camberwell School of Art, Camden Arts Centre, The Architectural Association and The City Lit. Her commissioned history, techniques and technical overview, books; “The Complete Practical Potter” and “Beginners Ceramic Handbook” have been translated and sold in countries around the world and are available for purchase in a number of different languages. Josie continues to offer relaxed and friendly teaching and studio time to beginners and more advanced students at her Kingsgate studio.
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?
- Materials for making and decorating your bowl.
- An Initial biscuit firing
- Glazing carried out on your behalf
- A final glaze firing
- Tea and biscuits or fruit
- Cost does not include packing and postage (£10) if you wish for your finished bowl to be posted to you once it is fired
My friend and I were looking for a course to use the vouchers we got for our birthdays and I can say we could not have found a better place. Time flew by as we tried (and fairy succeded I may add) to shape the clay in what was to be our bowls. I chose to make a yarn bowl as I didn't really need a normal one but a yarn bowl definitely comes in handy.
Josie was super nice and explained everything very well. The place is very comfy and intimate and she provided us with everything we needed. I would definitely like to return to make a smaller version - however, I am sure it will not look anything like the one I already made. And that's ok :)
Seriously, if you're looking for a fun yet chilled Saturday morning, this is the place.
A piece of advice - make sure to cut your nails otherwise you'll get really annoyed trying to get the marks off the bowl :)
Liana - - #21124
Response from Josie Warshaw Ceramics:Thank you for your lovely review Liana...maybe see you again for a Hey Clay workshop ?? Or perhaps to make another bowl ?
Spending the morning with Josie was so much fun! She’s a kind, warm, welcoming lady with heaps of experience and insight to offer. Definitely a beginner friendly bowl-making course - with a gratifying bowl to cherish at the end!
Nicola - - #19726
Absolutely loved this workshop. Having one afternoon being creative and chatting with people from everywhere in a nice open atmosphere is a really great experience. Plus I can pick the fired work up afterwards. The fire itself is full of magical. And living in this lovely expectation of a few weeks of a new piece made by myself is such a wonderful thing. So far I made a bowl and a cat cup from Josie's workshop. She is a wonderful teacher, a great listener, and a good friend of us now. Best thing is, drinking from a cup made by myself, even ordinary tea taste a million times better :)
Sunsun - - #18201
It is such a lovely experience and we highly recommended this!
Josie is really friendly and she is excellent teacher!
This is the first time of us making anything like this, and it was fun! Thank you, Josie :)!
Ivy - - #17806
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, which was perfect for a complete beginner like me to get a taste of ceramics making. There were only two of us attending the class, which was great to ask questions and have Josie’s full attention. Josie is lovely, supportive and very patient. I can’t wait to see my glazed masterpiece! ;-)
Sandra Marie - - #17629
I had so much fun and also relaxed for the first time in ages! Josie brings so much experience, but is also the loveliest, most patient, kind person and teacher; she's great company! Having tried other pottery courses this is by far the best, a very small group in her personal studio.
Additionally she is very helpful if, like me you wish to continue hand-building at home, I have dropped new pieces back to her for firing, and Josie always gives you her time and help.
Can't recommend more!
Rachael Tomlinson - - #16668
Response from Josie Warshaw Ceramics:Thank you for your lovely review Rachael.
Great course. Josie is an attentive, patient, and encouraging instructor. Great to make a bowl in just one session!
Anne - - #16505
Response from Josie Warshaw Ceramics:Thank you for your positive review Anne.
Josie is the best kind of teacher - a huge wealth of experience and skill combined with an open mind and encouraging approach that enables you to create your own unique piece. I learnt so much in this morning session and yet the atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Josie guides you gently while you are hand building your ceramics, never imposing her ideas but offering suggestions and ideas for shape and decoration that will inspire you to make your best work. Once made, the pieces are fired in her kiln for you to collect later. Her studio is a wonder: full of her own lovely work, it is the ideal creative environment. A great course and helped me create a lovely bowl that I am proud to own. For beginners and the more experienced, this is one of the best ceramic events I have been to. I would definitely sign up again. I am delighted to give it five stars!
Natasha White - - #16084
My myself and partner did this course last weekend and had such a great time! Josie was a really great teacher - really knowledgeable and so friendly too (and patient!). The group was small so Josie was able to give us each enough assistance with making sure our bowls were how we wanted. The bowls we made were great and we had the freedom to make them how we wanted. Thank you!
Stacey Clark - - #15945
Response from Josie Warshaw Ceramics:Thank you for your review Stacey ..I glazed your bowls today and their second firing will happen on Friday so they will be ready for pick up very soon . I'm excited to see how your slip and oxide decorations come out with the honey glaze . ..i'll be in touch again soon . Regards for now Josie
I had such a great day with Josie. I booked the session for my girlfriends birthday and it was fantastic. Josie made us feel right at home and was a great teacher. Very patient and encouraging Josie’s knowledge and expertise helped us to fashion something beyond our ambitious hopes. I would recommend this course to anyone. It’s inspired us to become more involved in ceramics, all thanks to Josie’s help and instruction. A perfect day experience
Nathaniel - - #14135
This is a fantastic course whether you’re new to ceramics or want to improve your skills. Josie is an excellent and experienced teacher. Her positive energy created a great atmosphere and working in her studio surrounded by her work was inspiring. Thank you!
Justyna - - #13574
Response from Josie Warshaw Ceramics:Thank you for your review. Your bowl and decoration are beautiful . I hope you enjoy using it in your new home .
A great afternoon spent with Josie, she’s very patient, a good teacher and I felt learnt a lot! Can’t wait to see the results!
Anna - - #13002
Its' a great experience: Josie is very knowledgeable, and makes it a pleasurable and rewarding experience. It was laid back but at the end of the afternoon all of us had produced a wonderful decorated bowl, in the interesting environment of her studio.
Elisabeth - - #12942
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