Pottery – Beginners And Improvers Tuesdays 1.30 – 4.30pm

Art & Crafts |
20th September 2022

Pottery – Beginners And Improvers | Tue 20 Sep to Tue 6 Dec | 1.30-4.30pm | £199 (10 wks) | Tutor Chris Barnes | Studio 2

A great way to relax, learn a new skill and make something beautiful! This course is for both beginners and those with some experience who wish to develop their work with an opportunity to try throwing pottery on the wheel and learn hand-building skills.

What participants say…

“I enjoyed the course very much this term, it was great to feel we were getting back to normal. Chris gave really helpful demonstrations and advice.”

What will the course cover and how will it be taught?
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.

During the course:

  • 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 you will be able to make and glaze your own clay work using a wide variety of techniques. There is no time to develop all of the skills taught in the class in one short 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?
Please bring a clean apron and/or wear old clean clothes. Bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
Costs of clay, firing and glazing are included in the course fee. However, should a student want to use a significantly larger quantity of clay or make a large-scale work, an additional cost may be charged. 

Important Information
Please note there are no classes during the weeks beginning 24 October and 14 November 2022.

About the tutor
Chris Barnes has a degree in Sculpture and has worked as a professional potter since 1992. He has taught Pottery to adults since 1994 and has experience in teaching Art in schools from the Infant to the Secondary School level.

Chris Barnes

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20th September 2022

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