Saturdays Intensive ceramics course (Intermediate)

Duration: 4 Saturdays 10.30 - 5.30 (28 hours in total)

Price: £395

Run by: Silvia K
at Silvia K Ceramics


Atelier 51
51 Providence Place
East Sussex

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About the Course

Discovering the ceramic surface

This course is suitable for those with previous experience with hand building techniques (pinching, slab building, coiling, press moulding) who are keen to enrich their surface decoration knowledge, improve existing skills and work on individual projects. Please note that you will need to have your personal ideas that you wish to develop. We will be exploring more advanced decorating techniques.

This course is excellent but not restricted to already practising creatives; illustrators, graphic designers, or painters wanting to explore clay. Before booking please get in touch to discuss your existing knowledge of ceramics.

Age category 18+. A good level of physical ability is required. If you have any mobility issues or pains please contact me before you book. Unfortunately my studio is not equipped to accommodate wheelchair access. Also I will need to know about any skin allergies.

You will develop excellent practical and technical skills in an informal, creative, and positive working studio environment. You will be encouraged to use chosen techniques for more advanced pieces of your own. There will be plenty of time to explore and work out what works for you. Due to a small class I will be available to offer personal guidance throughout the day.

Prior to our first day I will work with you on your ideas and will set action points for you to research. These will be quick actions. I have a great library of books and a catalogue of ceramic and craft magazines that you will be able to borrow. You will be expected to have a sketchbook. This will help you to focus and me to tailor your experience.

During the studio days you will have a technical demonstration of techniques and process followed by working on individual projects.

Places available - 4

*hand building
*surface decoration

Key Words
*technical abilities
*personal projects

Constructing: pinching, coiling, slab building, press moulding. Please note that throwing on potters wheel is not included in the timetable. I only run 1 to 1 throwing class.

Decorating: slip painting, slip trailing, sgraffito, inlay, stencil, incisions, carving, ceramic underglazes.

Terms and conditions
Course must be booked and fee paid in full. If you wish to cancel after full payment has been received, I will need minimum 10 working days notification prior to the beginning of the course to refund the full price. If you need to cancel after the cancellation period I will make every effort to find a replacement. If no replacement has been found you will be refunded 40% of the full price.
No refunds will be available if you fail to attend. There will be no option to repeat missed demonstration however I will make any reasonable effort to bring you up to speed without affecting attendees. If for any reason I am unable to run the course you will be refunded in full.

Detailed timetable
10.30 Coffee, tea, chat and Health and Safety induction
10.45 Hand building techniques demonstration. These will be tailored to your ideas.
13:00 Lunch
13.45 Technical practice ‘Finding out what works for you’
15.45 Coffee, tea and a cake break
16.00 Preparing for your project 1 to 1 'Action points'
17.00 Finishing
17.30 Departure

Pieces made on this day will be fired so you can practice underglaze surface decoration on bisque fired ware.

Saturday 2
10.30 Coffee, tea, chat
10.45 Surface decoration demonstration
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Technical practice ‘Exploring surface’ on wet tiles and bisque ware
15.45 Coffee, tea and a cake break
16.00 Preparing for surface decoration 1 to 1 advice ‘Action points'
17.00 Finishing
17.30 Departure

Saturday 3
‘Constructing & decorating on wet clay, final pieces'
10.30 Arrival coffee, tea, chat
10.45 Working on individual projects with my assistance
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Working on individual projects with my assistance
15.45 Coffee, tea and a cake break
16.00 Preparing for glazing 1 to 1 advice ‘Action points'
17.00 Finishing
17.30 Departure

Saturday 4
‘Decorating on bisque ware, glazing, finishing’
10.30 Arrival coffee, tea, chat
10.45 Introduction to glazing and demonstration
12.00 Practice glazing on tiles
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Finishing and glazing of final pieces
15.30 Coffee, tea, wine and a cake break
16.30 Loading the kiln, firing and finishing of fired clay
17.00 Finishing
17.30 Departure

Please note that the afternoon coffee/tea break is optional. It doesn’t mean that you have to stop working. You are more than welcome to carry on while you are having your drink.

The timetable is for guidance only. Departure time is 17.30 pm.

Work will be fired and ready for collection within one week. For an additional postage fee I’m happy to pack and post it to you.

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?

Clay - there is a choice of professional red clay or white clay. Both These have been selected due to their durability, strength, crack and warping resistance.
Glaze - Gloss transparent fired at 1180 C. This is a durable glaze great for enhancing colour.
All Firings

Use of drawing/painting inks of the ceramic world
Decorative slip
Coraline wax crayons
Underglaze pencils
Nano Underglaze
All Personal Protection Equipment is provided (gloves, apron, mask)

Coffee, tea, cakes
Wine (last Saturday afternoon only)
Lunch is not included. I can recommend great local delis and cafes.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 9th June 2018

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