Saturday ceramics taster in central Brighton

Duration: 1 day 10:30 -17:00 (lunch break 13:00-13:30).

Price: £70

Run by: Silvia K
at Silvia K Ceramics


Atelier 51
51 Providence Place
East Sussex

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About the Course

Join us for a one day ceramics taster workshop in Brighton. Suitable for newcomers to ceramics and those who wonder 'Is ceramics for me?'. Hands on one day introduction to ceramics.

Accessibility - small group of 5. Age category 18+

* coiling technique
* slab building
* pinching
* surface decoration

Coiling is a centuries old Japanese Jomon "rope-patterned" technique. You will learn how to roll and coil clay. I find the slowness of adding coils on coil and shaping them into desired form very de-stressing. This elementary yet charming technique is very flexible.

Pinching is another ancient construction technique and is the most direct method you can have of interacting with clay. You will learn how to manipulate clay with you fingers in your palm into a desired shape. This tactile and relaxing process is a fantastic introduction to ceramics.

Slab building - The earliest use of slab building technique can be seen in Mayan culture. This technique is suitable for constructing more geometrical shapes. You will learn how to to roll a slabs and how to build from these your desired form.

Surface decoration - I will also introduce you to how to texture clay and simple slip decorating techniques such as sgraffitto, painting, slip trailing, and stencils.

Apron will be provided.

The finished pieces will be bisque fired (first firing), glazed and fired again by me. You will need to collect your finished work after 16 April . Alternatively they will be posted to you for an additional fee. Clay is an unpredictable material and may crack during drying or firing. Every care will be taken to avoid this but sometimes it just happens.

Please note - A good level of physical hand ability is required. If you have any mobility issues or pains please contact me before you book. Unfortunately the studio is not equipped to accommodate wheelchair access. Please get in touch about any skin allergies. Working with clay requires short nails.

Terms & conditions
This course must be booked and paid in full. If you wish to cancel and be refunded in full you must do so 10 working days prior to the course. Cancellations after this period will not be refunded.
No refunds will be available if you fail to attend. If for any reason I am unable to run the course you will be refunded in full.

About Silvia
Silvia K Ceramics is an award winning studio in the heart of Brighton, East Sussex, UK. The studio was established by Silvia in 2012 shortly after completing an MDes in Ceramics and Visual Research at the University of Brighton, achieving distinction.
Silvia also worked for 3 years as a ceramics demonstrator at the University of Brighton specialising in hand building techniques, surface decoration and mould making. Now she want to pass her knowledge on.

What should you expect? You will be using ancient techniques, your hands and tools in her fully equipped studio at Atelier 51. You will develop excellent practical and technical skills in an informal, creative, and positive working studio environment. You will be encouraged to explore your personal original ideas. As all classes are small group Silvia will be available to offer you personal guidance throughout the day.

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?

The price includes;

Clay (professional red or white clay)
Decorating slips
Coffee & Tea

Please note lunch is not included. You can bring your own packed lunch or there's lots of lovely delis and cafes in the neighbourhood.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 21st July 2018

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