Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses Spring/Summer Term (April 2019 onwards)


Details of our regular classes are shown below.  Please note we also offer we offer a developing programme of weekend and one-off workshops – follow this link to go to our “Pottery Workshops” page – click here.

How to book your course:   To book and pay please click on the preferred course link below – if you have a gift voucher please see bottom of page for further instructions. By booking on a course you are confirming that you have read and agree to our payment terms and conditions, cancellation, refunds and privacy policy set out at the bottom of the page.

Important:  there is an additional charge of £2 for 1lb weight of clay for kiln firing and glazing for all pottery courses.  Please bring your own apron.


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WEEKLY DROP-IN SESSIONS (EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY – EXCEPT CHRISTMAS WEEK) 
An hour tutor-led session, for absolute beginners to intermediate learners to experiment and have fun throwing on the wheel.  Also available to students on one of our courses who just want some more time to practice.

Please note: pieces created in this session are recycled and not fired – this session is just to have a fun go on the wheel!

No booking needed – turn up and pay on the day.  Places are limited and cannot be reserved so please turn up early to ensure your place.

Tuesdays and Thursdays drop-in sessions
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: £12 per session (cash only please)


CERAMICS – A YEAR LONG COURSE with Mary Else
A full year course (3 terms that follow the academic year, each term consisting of 10 weeks) designed for the student who wants an extended class in which a range of hand-building and decorative techniques can be explored over an extended period of time.

As well as weekly tutor guided projects you will be given several opportunities to design and complete your own projects in terms 2 and 3.  At the conclusion, students will have had the opportunity to develop all the core/essential skills covered in the range of our hand-building courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

Please note – this course focuses on sculptural/hand-building and decorative techniques and will not be using the potter’s wheel.  You will be given two complementary vouchers, during term 3, to attend our drop-in session for throwing on the wheel to see whether you would like to explore this area further.

“I enjoyed every moment of the new class and I have gained valuable new skills and experience. The Open Studio will allow me to take it further and to be more creative.”

Term 3 – Mondays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
13th May – 22nd July 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Monday 27th May 2019)
Cost per 10 week term: £198

Please note: This year long course is split into 3 terms and 3 payments.  By booking onto term 1, you are also agreeing to booking and paying for terms 2 and 3.  Participants will be notified when payment becomes due for the remaining terms.


SCULPTURE AND TRADITIONAL HAND-BUILDING COURSES

DAYTIME  POTTERY PROJECTS
Following on from the beginners class, this course is for students who want to develop their handbuilding and decorative ideas further.

With guidance from the tutor you will be shown how to make your own projects – combining hand-building techniques to make larger pieces and using a variety of decorative techniques to finish your work.

 

 

Mondays
1:30 – 3:30 pm
13th May – 22nd July 2019 (10 sessions – half-term Monday 27th June 2019)
£140
BOOK HERE!      (Click to see number of places remaining)

Fridays
10:00 a.m. – 12.30 pm (Longer 2.5 hour classes)
3rd May – 26th July 2019 (12 sessions – half-term Friday 1st July 2019)
£190
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Handbuilding, Art House SheffieldEVENING POTTERY 
For the complete beginner, this course explores the basics of hand-built ceramics through a variety of techniques and intricate decorating practices.

You will learn to manipulate clay to come away with several beautiful and personal hand-formed pieces reflecting an understanding of the basic elements of pottery and a foundation of craftsmanship to explore further in later classes.

As well as being a good starting point for working with clay, this course is an excellent introduction for those interested in exploring sculptural techniques and for throwers interested in improving their carving and alteration skills.

“Everything you need for an induction to ceramics, hand building and glazing. Cannot recommend it enough! “

Please note this course uses a variety of hand-building techniques – but does not include the use of a pottery wheel.

Tuesdays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (longer 2.5 hour studio sessions)
30th April – 8th July 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Tuesday 28th May 2019)
£198
BOOK HERE!   (Click to see number of places remaining)


DAYTIME POTTERY FOR BEGINNERS 
Same content as the evening pottery class (above) – a chance to learn all the basics of hand-building techniques in 12 weeks.

“I enjoyed very much to be able to be encouraged to be creative. My friends loved the work I did.”

Wednesdays
10:00 – 12 noon
1st May – 24th July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term break Wednesday 29th May 2019)
£168
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CERAMIC GARDEN
A course for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the experienced potter you will be introduced to a variety of hand building and decorative techniques to create items that will enhance your summer garden.

Taking inspiration from the garden, each participant will complete a birdbath to bring much needed water to birds and insects and will then choose to make other items such as sculptural ceramic seed heads, mobiles, bird feeders and planters.

Wednesdays
1:30 – 3:30 pm
1st May – 12th June 2019 (6 weeks – half-term break on 29th May)
£85
BOOK HERE!


STORY POTS with Amanda Packham
Create a pot that tells a story.  Using wet slab techniques to build the form, images or freehand drawing and colourful under glazes express a story or verse in 3D!  A course for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the experienced potter.

Thursdays
2nd May – 13th June 2019 (6 weeks)
11:00 – 1:00 pm
£84
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TEAPOTS, JUGS & MUGS
This course will allow you to make a teapot and your choice of mugs and jugs using a variety of hand-building techniques (pinching, coiling, slab building and press moulds).  We’ll start off with a warm up to the project of making a pinch pot tea pot, followed by an introductory session regarding design  decorating techniques, before using the rest of the sessions to complete your main project pieces.

It is anticipated that students will complete a teapot, jug and 4 mugs as part of the course and use a variety of surface decoration, including slips, under-glazes and glazes.

Thursdays
6:30 – 9:00 (longer 2.5 hour studio sessions)
9th May – 18th July 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Thursday 30th May 2019)
£198
BOOK HERE!   (Click to see number of places remaining)


ME image2SURFACES, GLAZE AND DESIGN COURSE
Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under glaze colours with confidence.  Improve your knowledge and application of techniques to get the effect you want.  Best suited to potters who have already some experience and want to learn more about surface decoration.

You will be shown:
• Various slip application techniques scraffito, inlay, incised, stencil and wax resist.
• How oxides and under glazes can be applied and work with other mediums.
• How to combine surface decoration to their best effect.

You will be given the opportunity to:
• Make a selection of tiles with all the decorative techniques.
• And at least one completed hand built piece using slips, oxides and under glazes.

Tuesdays
7:00 – 9:00
30th April – 11th June 2019 (6 weeks – half-term Tuesday 28th May)
£95
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

Tuesdays
7:00 – 9:00
18th June – 23rd July 2019
£95
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NEW COURSE – BURNISHING AND SAWDUST FIRING
Burnishing clay is a process that has been used for thousands of years to seal the surface of pots before the discovery of glazes, improving their ability to hold water. Today it is used more as a decorative technique, and this short course will focus on the process of building rounded, organic forms before burnishing the surface to a mirror-like shine and firing them in pits of sawdust, leaving beautiful smoky patterning on the surface.

Wednesdays
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
5th June – 17th July 2019 (6 weeks – there will be no class on Wednesday 26th June)
£99
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THROWING ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL

SONY DSCWHEEL I – BEGINNERS
This course focuses on learning the core skills of throwing on a wheel. Students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

This is a repeatable course to secure basic throwing and glazing skills.  Please bring your own apron.

“Its been great to learn a completely new skill in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly and helpful.”

“Much better than trying to learn off YouTube!”

Mondays (later start date due to bank holidays)
7:00 – 9:00
13th May – 29th July 2019 (11 weeks – half-term Monday 27th May)
£180
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Tuesdays
7:00 – 9:00
30th April – 23rd July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term Tuesday 28th May)
£198
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Wednesdays
7:00 – 9:00
1st May – 24th July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term Wednesday 29th May)
£198
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays (daytime)
11:00 – 1:00
2nd May – 25th July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term Thursday 30th May)
£168  Reduced daytime price
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays 
7:00 – 9:00
2nd May – 25th July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term Thursday 30th May)
£198
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Fridays (daytime)
1:00 – 3:00
3rd May – 26th July 2019 (12 weeks – half-term Friday 31st May)
£168  Reduced daytime price
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)


SONY DSCWHEEL II – IMPROVERS
Wheel II is for students who are competent in the fundamentals of throwing (covered in Wheel I): throwing uniform cylinders, bowls, turning and attaching handles. Students will progress into throwing larger amounts of clay, lidded containers vases and other more advanced forms.  Students will learn to apply various slip and chattering effects to finish their work, as well as basic glazing techniques. The pace and specific techniques covered will vary slightly according to the collective and individual skill levels comprising each class.

This is a repeatable course and allows students to develop their skills and learn new techniques.

Mondays (later start date due to bank holidays)
6:30 – 9:00  (longer 2.5 hour studio sessions)
13th May – 22nd July 2019 (10 weeks – half-term Monday 27th May)
£198
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays 
7:00 – 9:00
2nd May – 18th July 2019 (11 weeks – half-term Thursday 30th May)
£180
BOOK HERE!    (Click link to see number of places remaining)


Pottery, Art HouseWHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II) ~ with Mick Randle  NEW DATES
A mixed class for complete beginners and improvers. More advanced students will be throwing larger amounts of clay and completing more advanced forms.  The classes will run as longer 3 hour teaching sessions over a 6-week period.


“I really enjoyed the course, it was brilliantly run and we were introduced to the throwing right away which was great.”

“A great way to unwind, made better by the expert guidance of the tutor”. 

This is a repeatable course and is encouraged for those who would simply like more practice with tuition.

Saturdays
10:00 – 1:00 p.m. (longer 3 hour studio sessions)
18th May – 22nd June 2019 (6 sessions)
Cost:  £145
BOOK HERE!  (Click link to see number of places remaining)


Payments: All courses or workshops must be fully paid in advance and all major cheques, cash and credit/debit cards are acceptable methods of payment. To pay by cheque please click here to download a booking form and send back with a cheque made payable to “St Matthews House Ltd”.  You can also drop in Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm to pay in person.

Cancellation and refunds: If you wish to cancel your place on a course you must do so at least 14 days before the course starts in order to receive a full refund. Cancellation must be made in writing or email. If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee. Alternatively you may transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

If you cancel your place less than 14 days before your course starts, you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course).  If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee or you can transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

After a course begins we do not offer any refund unless in exceptional circumstances.

If we have to cancel a course for any reason, then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

If you have an Art House gift voucher please follow the instructions below:

• Pay the full price of the course online.
• Email us prior to the course date to tell us you have used a voucher.
• Bring the voucher with you on the day to receive your cash back.

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