Tutor Chris Barnes | Fee £76 | 5 weeks
This is an introductory Pottery course for beginners and returning students who wish to develop their work.
The course explores the practical and creative applications of clay and covers a wide variety of traditional pottery techniques. Students will learn how to work safely and creatively in a pottery studio, how to make thrown and hand built pieces – and gain knowledge of decorative techniques using oxides, slips and glazes. Experienced students will learn to improve and refine their work with new techniques.
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:
• Beginners will be taught to use the basic forming techniques which include throwing, pinching, coiling and slabbing.
• Experienced students will be instructed and guided at their own level.
• The course will also include the decoration of clay surfaces using slips, stamps and texture.
• Finally glaze application is taught with further decorative techniques including the use of resists and oxides.
By the end of the course/workshop you will:
Be able to make and glaze their own clay work using a wide variety of techniques. There is not time to develop all of the skills taught in the class in one term so it is strongly recommended that students continue from one term to the next to get the most from this course.
Your tutor will discuss the course content with the class and may make some adjustments to the syllabus based on the needs of the group. He will also try to accommodate individual requirements where it is practical to do so.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring an apron and/or wear old clothes.
Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.
Are there any additional costs?
Fired work is charged for by weight and is payable at box office on a half termly basis:
£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 Pottery with adults since 1994 and has experience of teaching Art in schools from Infant to Secondary School level.
Please note there is no class during the following weeks:
Fri 5 October
Fri 12 October due to Comic Arts Festival
Half term week commencing 22 October
Week commencing 12 November due to Kendal Mountain Festival
If you have a query or are unsure whether the course is right for you please get in touch with the Creative Learning Team who will be happy to contact the tutor on your behalf.
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