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Host: Richard Miller
Duration: 2 days
Ability: Basic > Intermediate
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Richard Miller is a ceramic artist specialising in domestic stoneware. He runs Froyle Tiles - a business he took over in 2005 and reinvented to become a prospering bespoke tile company. Richard and his work have featured on television on a number of occasions - notably on ‘Kirstie’s Vintage Home’ on Channel 4 in November 2012, and Richard was the on-screen technician for hit BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down. This two-day basic to intermediate level course offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating process of tile-making. Richard will begin with an introductory presentation during which he will provide a brief background to his practice and his tile company - Froyle Tiles. You will then move on to the production of a carved set of tiles. Slip decorating techniques will be explored using the designs created for carving, and you will be guided through an assortment of stencilling and inlay techniques.
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What's included in the price?
Course materials, lunch & refreshments each day, preferential discounts against all of our products.
Complete pottery novices were slightly worried about what to expect but the worries soon disappeared as soon as Richard began to speak.. Had a wonderful time, Richard was able to balance his time between the novices and the potterholics and turn the whole event into a fun and informative activity. Lunch was excellent as were the facilities.. definitely worth a go if you're in two minds!
Thank you John & Christine for your lovely review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed our Tilemaking workshop! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
An excellent two day course at Potclays. Richard is a great tutor; fun, informative and encouraging. I wasn't sure what to expect so I just took some ideas along - I already have professional experience in ceramics, modelling and moldmaking but wanted to learn more about press molding and production techniques. You don't have to have any skill at all - just play and enjoy. Richard supplied all the ready-cut clay so it meant you could just dive in. I think it's imperative to learn from someone who is involved in the day-to-day production of ceramics combined with good business sense and Richard's thorough and common-sense approach was a delight. Potclays is a great place to stock up on supplies - the staff know their stuff and are very friendly and helpful. Lunch was lovely and there's free tea and coffee all day. I'd would recommend this course to anyone in love with tiles (or slab building, or similar) and I'll be back for more. I found this course on this website, so thanks, Craft Courses!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
Learnt lots of new skills and Richard is a great tutor!
I thought the course was going to be about making tiles and decorating them , so was pleasantly surprised that we were going to learn how to carve them.
A splendid 2 days with excellent demonstrations by Richard in parallel with hands on experimenting. Pre- prepared tiles enabled one to try different ideas. His talk on his own ceramic journey was inspiring. The fascinating informative factory tour was a stunning addition and put a whole different perspective on ordering a bag of clay. Many thanks to Potclays and Richard.
A thoroughly enjoyable 2 days - very intense and very relaxing at the same time.
Richard is an excellent teacher whose obvious passion for his subject is infectious. His flexible approach - letting us explore ideas off-piste - was very productive. I know I have come back full of ideas and plan to try some more tile development work at home.
If PotClays could make this a 2-part workshop where we could glaze our fired tiles in the second part that would be brilliant!
A fantastic two-day course with an excellent tutor who provided the opportunity to tryout and practise new skills. I will continue these at home. The course had structure but it was really great that there was still flexibility to follow group interests (which we did) and as a result I am going to tackle creating tiles for a fireplace.
Lunch was great - much extra learning and discussion carried out over a variety of food.
Richard was friendly, approachable and helpful and his pre-prepared tiles were much appreciated.
Improvements - wobbly tables caused problems!
I am hoping that Potclays might consider putting on a follow-up course.
A great course, as well as a great day out. Richard was inspiring in his enthusiasm and extremely helpful, freely sharing his knowledge. He brought lots of information in the form of books, and sample tiles from his own firm. The initial presentation was really interesting.
Lunch was sumptuous, although I would have preferred to have had a shorter lunchbreak and more time on the course. The only other thing was that the tables were rather too wobbly for comfortable working.
The day went quickly - too quickly - and I went home feeling motivated to experiment with the new techniques, and happy to have met some other people with the same interest as I.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
the table layout trapped one in, as I mentioned and you needed a rubbish bin earlier, however the equipment was good and space was fine. Resource material was good.
Content of course was good, I learnt a good deal.
A bit more structure would be good as people tended to get information in groups and I wasn't sure what we were going to be doing so I could plan my time better. However we had plenty of time and it was relaxed and the tutor was enthusiastic and approachable and helpful.
Lunch was very nice but if the fee could be less I would have a plainer lunch. I am not so bothered about that.
Yes, it was value for money.
I would recoment it to others.
To improve, I can't think of anything other than the above.