This hands on evening course will introduce you to the versatility of clay, from making functional items like tableware to conceptual sculpture. You will be fully supported in making objects of your choice through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance, in a fun and friendly environment, from tutors who are specialist ceramics graduates from the Royal College of Art.
This course is ideal for a beginner who would like to experience and explore the main ways of making and decorating ceramics through pinching, coiling, slab building, slip decoration and glazing. With practical demonstrations and one-to-one tuition you will be guided through making and decorating a range of ceramic objects. These techniques have the potential to be used to make anything from functional ceramics such as mugs, plates, platters, bowls, cups, planters, to figurative or sculptural works.
On the first evening you will learn about different types of clay and their uses, how to prepare your clay through wedging, how to pinch a bowl form, roll coils, roll a base and begin coiling a pot or object of your choice.
On the second evening you use the slab building technique to build a box or object of your choice. We will then show you how to decorate your forms with a range of tools and techniques including painting, stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing coloured decorating slips.
On the third evening you will learn how to effectively and safely glaze your fired ceramic work using techniques such as dipping, pouring or brushing. You will find out the difference between earthenware and stoneware glazes, their firing temperatures and be introduced to the huge decorative and functional possibilities a glaze can provide. The tutor can also advise you on alternative surface finishes.
By the end of the course you will have the fundamental skills needed to hand-build anything you can imagine in clay! You can use these techniques at home or in your studio with air-drying clay or the real stuff and bring it to us to fire it for you. At London Sculpture Workshop we offer a kiln firing service for groups or individuals.
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Classes are for a maximum of 12 people ensuring everyone is supported in a friendly and fun environment. The tutors are two RCA graduates who are experienced artists, teachers and technicians. After the course you can improve and learn new skills on our intermediate course.
The course cost includes all materials and two kiln firings. For health and safety reasons we ask you to wear closed footwear (no sandals or flip flops). Aprons will be provided but it can get messy. Please bring a notebook.
Due to the drying and firing process the work will be ready in 2 – 4 weeks. London Sculpture Workshop will email you when your masterpieces can be collected. The workshop is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5:30pm.
Course cost: £108
Course date: Wednesday 27th February, Wednesday 6th March & Wednesday 13th March 2019
Course times: 6pm – 9pm
Number of places available: 12
Tutors: Alex Simpson obtained her masters in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art. She is a practicing artists and works as a ceramics teacher and technician in schools, adult education and universities. View her work here www.alex-simpson.co.uk
Lauren Ilsley is a sculptor who obtained her Masters degree in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art. She is a ceramics tutor and technician alongside her practice. View her work here www.laurenilsley.co.uk