Duration: 3hours

Price: £50

Run by: Geraldine Francis
at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio

01380 840666

Unit 11 The Old Potato Yard

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About the Course

Come and experience the wonderful and magical! Ceramics at its most awe inspiring you will spend a morning decorating pots to be offered to the fire.

You will be able to view the firing process, see your pots emerge from the fire in its molten state and then witness the transformation of colours and textures as each piece is placed in the reduction bin.

No experience is necessary to enjoy this course as we provide the bisque ware for you to glaze, just come with an open heart and the magic will follow!

Students may make or bring their own pots to offer to the firing (please arrange before hand). Please note that this is an outdoor firing and is weather dependent. Please check on day if in doubt, students will be offered alternative days/times if firing is cancelled owing to bad weather.

Your Tutors are highly skilled practitioners who have had many years of teaching experience, Their own work is on display and for sale at the studio, both have teaching qualifications and have worked as Artists in Residence with various organisations.

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If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included; 3 pots for firing & glazes

We provide refreshments throughout the day.

We are happy to recommend B&B, hotels and camping sites nearby.if you wish to extend your stay and explore the stunning Wiltshire landscape and historic monuments.

If you want to book a particular date not on our list for a group or you can't do Sundays then do ask for details, we are happy to tailor courses to your requirements.

Sorry Adults Only on this course (18+)

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L❤VED IT! Both Geri & Sue were both extremely knowledgable and great at explaining things in layman terms. I learnt loads and 'created' quite a bit too. We over ran by an hour as we were so enthused but we felt no pressure to leave. 10/10 for enjoyment, education and value for money. I will definitely return at some point to do more and, can highly recommend this day particularly, if spent with friends plus, there's a great farm-shop next door for a tasty picnic lunch.

- - #12967

Such a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Very informative and pleased with the results too! Thank you.

- - #12944

Great introduction to Raku. I would take this again to build upon knowledge learned. Sue and Gerry are great teachers and mentors in all aspects of clay and pots. A truly fun afternoon!

- - #10252

As a complete beginner to pottery courses I quickly felt comfortable in our group of five students. Bisque pots were provided for us, together with a good variety of glazes. It was fun to experiment with dipping and brushing on. Geri and Sue explained how the metal oxides could create quite unpredictable effects. We watched our pots emerge from the dramatic raku process, and scrubbed them to reveal beautiful metallic glints and subtle crackle colours. We each went home with three pots, each completely different, all with an other-worldly beauty to them. I loved the whole process and have now signed up for Fired Thoughts’ basic pottery course.

- - #9062

Gerry and Sue are brilliant. The taster really gives you a great idea of what you can do with clay and I have since become a regular visitor to the studio working on my own projects.

- - #8089

Attended my first pottery workshop on Sunday as a complete beginner and loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxed, the whole course was very well thought out, prepared and presented to give us maximum experience in the time we had. Very informative with lots of practice using different clays and techniques including throwing a pot on the wheel! Willing help if needed but not intrusive. An excellent introduction for any beginner and will wet the appetite for more!

- - #7566

Just spent a rainy Sunday at the studio and I'm inspired to do more! The Clay Day workshop gave us a great introduction to different materials and methods, and we were able to have a go at several techniques. Highly enjoyable, with a good balance of expert guidance and freedom to develop our own ideas. I'll definitely be back!

- - #7509

Sue and Geri are fabulous. My husband and I first went to fired thoughts to make ceramic tiles for our new house I was soon addicted and wanted to learn to throw. I went back to fired thoughts and cannot express how brilliant they both are. The course became like a little sanctuary for my week. The studio is lovely and well thought out with lots of resources to help you learn. Both Geri and Sue are very knowledgeable and amazing artists in their own right, who strive to continue learning in their own field and that obviously extends into thier teaching. They are patient teachers who nurture and encourage you even if your bowl looks like a plate!

- - #6327

Sue and Geri have helped me use different skills and techniques to complete my projects. I have made bowls, brooches and sculptures of an owl and a turtle. Everyone does totally different work, so it's very interesting to see what's going on. Sue and Geri make me laugh!

- - #5957

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 13th May 2018
Sunday 17th June 2018
Sunday 15th July 2018
Sunday 19th August 2018
Sunday 16th September 2018

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