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An Introduction to Ceramics – Hand building & Surface Decoration (January/Evening Course)

This course will introduce students to the versatility of clay as a sculptural material. You will be supported in making through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance.

You will learn handbuilding skills from pinch pots, coil building, slab building, and creating texture using many different tools. You will also have the opportunity to add colour, imagery and surface pattern to your work using slip decorating techniques.

No previous experience is necessary.

Week 1 – Handbuilding

Learning to wedge clay

Handbuilding techniques - pinching, coiling

Week 2 – Handbuilding/Surface Decoration

Handbuilding techniques – slab building

Creating surface textures with tools and found objects

Finish a piece to be glazed in week 4

 Week 3 – Surface Decoration

Slip decoration - painting, stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing

Week 4 - Surface Decoration

Glazing – Brushing/dipping/pouring/using wax resist

The course price includes 6 kg white earthenware clay, slip (5 colours), glaze (white and transparent), bisque and glaze firing. It is possible for students to purchase clay during the course.  Additional clay will be charged at £4 per. kg of fired work. The scale of the work may be limited to insure all work fits into two kiln firings.

Due to the time it takes for the clay to dry and be bisque fired, the tutors can glaze sculptures after the course.

Students will be notified by email when their work is ready to collect. This may take up to a month depending on the workload.

Work may be damaged during the firing process.

Course Cost: £154

Course dates: Monday 15th, Monday 22nd, Monday 29th January & Monday 5th February 2018

Course times: 6pm  - 9pm

Number of places available: 12

Tutors: Alex Simpson (RCA) & Lauren Ilsley (RCA)

Alex obtained her Masters degree in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art. She works as a technician at the RCA and at a school. Her own practice uses fired and unfired clay to create sculptures and installations. View her work here. View her work here.

Lauren is a sculptor who has been working with clay for over 10 years. She obtained her Masters degree in ceramics from the Royal College of Art, and is a tutor and technician alongside her practice. View her work here.



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