14 Jan – 31 Mar | 2 – 5 pm | Tutor Chris Barnes | £189 (10 weeks)
This ten-week course is designed to help you gain experience and understanding of working with porcelain clay. The purity and translucent quality of porcelain is matched by its inherent limitations in workability.
You will be shown how to get the most from this refined material and how to avoid the pitfalls of high shrinkage and low plasticity. The course will include glazing and decorative techniques to enhance your creations. Possible projects include all manner of pottery, jewellery, lighting and small sculpture.
Previous experience with clay is advantageous for students but by no means a requirement of the course.
The class is run with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A creative approach to design and making is encouraged.
What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Tutor-led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts will guide you through the process.
During the course you will learn to:
- Work super thin to enable translucency.
- Glaze to enhance translucency.
- Avoid uneven shrinkage and cracking.
- Create surface texture and relief patterns with wax resist.
- Make coloured porcelain for jewellery and “Nerikomi” style pottery.
- Sculpt and model flowers and shells.
- Throw with porcelain.
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Spring term: 18th February and 25th February
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring an apron and/or wear old clothes.
Are there any additional costs?
Fired work is charged for by weight and is payable at box office on at the end of the course:
£4.40/Kg for biscuit fired pottery.
£6.50/Kg for glazed stoneware pottery.
About the tutor
Chris Barnes has a degree in Sculpture and has worked as a professional potter since 1992. He has taught adult Pottery since 1994 and has experience of teaching Art in schools from Infant to Secondary School level.
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