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Ceramics Workshop – Intermediate Handbuilding (Sat & Sun, 26-27 June 2021)

This hands-on weekend course (10 hours across 2 days) will develop your skills and confidence in working with clay.

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 a tutor who is a specialist ceramics graduate from the Royal College of Art.

This is an ideal course for those who have either attended our beginner’s course and would like to practise and expand on their hand-building and decorating skills, or those with some previous experience in ceramics who would like to work on their own projects with support and advice from tutors.

You are encouraged to come with ideas and projects you would like to work on over the two days. You will be fully supported in making through group demonstrations of different techniques, one-to-one guidance and handouts, encouraging you to experiment with different clays and processes to develop and refine your ceramic skills.

During this course you will be introduced to a range of techniques, including mixing clays to create a marbled effect, painting with oxides, slab building geometric forms, alternative coil building techniques, large scale coil building and be given advice on how to choose a clay appropriate for your project.

On the first day you will revisit hand-building, learning to combine pinching and coil building to make larger or more complex forms. You will find out how some clays can be combined and focusing on how to finish your work to achieve more refined objects

On the second day you will learn how to construct and then deconstruct slab built geometric forms, and have the opportunity to decorate your work with slip and oxides alongside working on your own ideas.

Kiln firing will also be explained and your creations will be fired after the course. Because your work needs to dry and be fired before glazing you will have the opportunity to select a piece of work to be glazed by the tutor after the course. The tutor can also advise you on alternative surface finishes.

By the end of the course you will have developed your skills in hand-building and surface decoration in exciting ways! 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.

Please contact kiln@londonsculptureworkshop.org for more details.

If you would like to glaze the rest of you work from this course, or perhaps have something you have been working on outside of the course, you can bring it along to one of our glazing workshops. This short course gives you the opportunity to take your work and understanding to the next level, by learning how to apply glaze using a variety of techniques.

Please bring a sketchbook and any reference materials describing what you wish to make. We have a back catalogue of Ceramic Review magazines to look through for inspiration to make anything from a teapot to a sculpture.

Classes are for a maximum of 8 people ensuring everyone is supported in a fun and friendly environment. The tutor is a RCA graduate who is an experienced artists and teacher.

Please note:

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.

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: £160

Course dates: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June 2021

Course times: 10am – 4pm (with a 1 hour break for lunch)

Number of places available: 8

Tutors: Alex Simpson (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.

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