CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & ACCESS SESSIONS

Classes, Workshops and Access Sessions will run the first week of each month.

Next Dates:

5hr classes​

  • Saturday June 5th: 10- 3 Sculptural & Functional Ceramics, 2- 7 Wheel Throwing

  • Sunday June 6th: 10.30- 3.30 Wheel Throwing

2.5hr workshop in Plaster Mould Making

  • Sunday June 6th 10- 12.30

Free glazing session for members

  • Saturday June 5th 3.30- 5.30

Untaught Wheel or Bench Access Sessions

  • Thursday June 3rd 5.30- 9

  • Saturday June 5th 10am- 1.30pm

 

Members receive a 35% discount on classes and workshops.

In response to Covid we have put many measures in place to ensure the studio is a safe space, you can find full details here. 

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2.5HR PLASTER MOULD MAKING

£35 materials provided

£22.75 for members (discount code MEMBER)

Dates:

  • Sunday June 6th 10- 12.30

 

This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.

During this workshop participants can make any two of the following:

  • Bowl or plate moulds, for pressing slabs

  • Bowl or beaker moulds for slip casting

And a number of sprig mould or plaster stamps 

The session will be led by a tutor, but you choose what project to work on and the outcome, there are only 5 participants so there is plenty of time for 1:1 support and everyone will be working on slightly different projects, so it is a great chance to learn from each other.

 

Plaster moulds can be made of found forms (plastic beakers etc.), materials such as wax or from clay; on this workshop you will make your 'master forms' from clay, unless you have a found form you wish to bring, but Louise will talk you through the process of using found forms and also outline the many other possibilities for plaster moulds, including texture plates & rollers and the principles of multi-part slip-casting moulds.

5HR CLASSES

£90 including materials and firing

£58.50 members (discount code MEMBER)

Dates:

  • Thursday June 3rd  3.30- 8.30 Decorating

  • Saturday June 5th: 10- 3 Sculptural Ceramics, 2- 7 Wheel Throwing

  • Sunday June 6th: 10.30- 3.30 Wheel Throwing, 11.30- 4.30 Coiled Pots

Our 5hr classes are suitable for anyone new to working with clay and for existing members who would like to dedicate time to working with a tutor. The fee for non-members includes glazing and firing, for an item, or small range of items.

 

Classes will start with a 30minute demonstration and those with experience may choose to begin work on their projects without watching the demo. As there are only 6 participants for the remaining 4.5hrs there is plenty of time for 1:1 support and everyone will be working on slightly different projects, so it is a great chance to learn from each other.

Young people aged 9- 16 can attend with a paying adult from the same household for a small extra charge of £20 for materials & firing, payable in cash on the day. The adult and child share a bench, so there is a maximum of one child per adult and this doesn't apply to wheel bookings.

Sculptural and Functional Ceramics

This day will cover a wide variety of techniques used in constructing sculptural and functional forms, including work with slabs, coils and pinch pots.

This class will cover a range of hand building techniques that can be employed to create sculptural or functional forms,  you may take work away that you choose to continue working on and fire, but the focus of the course is skills development rather than completing a work.

 

You will cover a number of construction methods, including joining coiled forms and altering slab forms and will look at ways of supporting work during construction, drying and firing. This includes plaster formers, foam, bubble wrap and ceramic supports.

Wheel Throwing

During these classes beginners will begin to master the fundamentals of wheel throwing, focussing on centering and developing good technique and may produce one or two small finished beakers or bowls, which we will fire and glaze. Members can work on improving their technique with the help of a tutor.

Classes will start with a 30minute demonstration and those with experience may choose to begin work on their projects without watching the demo. As there are only 6 participants for the remaining 4.5hrs there is plenty of time for 1:1 support and everyone will be working on slightly different projects, so it is a great chance to learn from each other.

MEMBERS SESSIONS

 

Glazing

FREE

  • Saturday June 5th 3.30- 5, or 5- 6.30pm (we will start with a demo, but you may not need the full 90minutes, it will depend on how much work you have).

Young people aged 9- 16 can attend with an adult from the same household. The adult and child share a bench, so there is a maximum of one child per adult.

The session will start with a 20 minute talk & demo, looking at the effects that can be achieved by combining glazes, the qualities of different glazes and the uses of wax.

You will then have just over 1.5hrs to glaze your work. Work will be weighed all together and charged at 70pence per 100grams and you will have access to all the dipping and painting glazes, and wax resist. You will be able to combine dipping glazes, and combine dipping glazes with painting glazes. You will need to bring your own brushes, the shop will be open for 30minutes before the workshop.

3.5hr Untaught Access Sessions

£15 (members only)​

  • Thursday June 3rd 5.30- 9

  • Saturday June 5th 10am- 1.30

 

Members can book a wheel or bench for the duration of an access session and are free to arrive and leave whenever they choose. 

Other Membership benefits

 

As well as having access to the member-only sessions outlined above and a 35% discount on classes and workshops members have access to a range of online tutorials, monthly competitions and advice via email whenever needed.