Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses (April 2018 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.


DROP-IN SESSIONS (EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY)Mike Scown-48
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 12 weeks) designed for the student who wants an extended class in which a huge range of topics, skills and techniques are explored over an extended period of time. Students will learn the skills covered in: Introduction to Ceramics (Evening Pottery); Sculpture & Ceramics II; and the Surfaces and Design course, plus some incorporation of throwing on the wheel and development of independent projects with close tuition from their tutor.

At the conclusion, students will have had the opportunity to develop all the core/essential skills covered in the range of our courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

“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.”

Please note: in committing to the first term you are signing up for the full three terms (36 weeks, 3 x £192 = £576)

Mondays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Third term (of three):  23rd April – 23rd July 2018 (break for bank holiday 7th May and half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Whitsun week).
PLEASE BOOK VIA OFFICE (for students who have completed first two terms only)


SCULPTURE AND TRADITIONAL HAND-BUILDING COURSES

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 (2.5 hour sessions)
1st May – 10th July 2018 (10 sessions) – (break for Whitsun week 28th May – 1st June).
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 


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

Repeatable course – after completing the course once you have the opportunity to work on your own projects with the tutor.

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

Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
25th April – 18th July 2018 (12 sessions) – break for Whitsun week 28th May – 1st June.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

Fridays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
27th April – 20th July 2018 (12 sessions) – break for Whitsun week 28th May – 1st June.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


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DAYTIME ADVANCED HAND-BUILDING & SCULPTURE ~ with Mary Else – NEW COURSE

Develop your hand building and sculptural ideas and skills further with this 11 week daytime course.

 

In this course you will be shown how to:
• Confidently combine hand building techniques to make larger pieces.
• Revisit techniques and access which are the best for your project.
• Use different techniques to sculpt with clay.

You will be given the opportunity to make:
• At least three completed guided hand built pieces
• Your own projects using best suited techniques.

Wednesdays
2nd May – 18th July 2018 (11 weeks) – break for Whitsun week 28th May – 1st June.
1.00 – 3.00 pm
Cost:  £148
BOOK HERE!


Krishna's rhinoSCULPTURE AND ADVANCED HAND-BUILDING ~ with Krishna Alageswaran
This class is for more experienced students and will cover more complex slab constructions, use press moulds, try basic mould-making (optional), make a figurative or animal sculpture (complex coiling and modelling) and design functional lidded pots with handles.

This course is excellent for students from handbuilding courses wanting a more in-depth introduction to sculpture or to improve on their modelling and texturing skills.  This course sets students up to move into Open Studio as competent hand builders with a good introduction into sculptural technique.

“Instructive, hands-on fun.”
“Relaxed, but also helps you push yourself to the next level”

Thursdays
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (please note these are 2.5 hour sessions)
3rd May – 12th July 2018 (10 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)


SURFACES, GLAZE AND DESIGN COURSES

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Surface decoration (daytime course) – NEW 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.

Thursdays
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
26th April – 7th June 2018 (6 weeks)
Cost:  £80
BOOK HERE!

leavesUse of slips
This block of five sessions on achieving bright colours on pottery with the use of decorating slips.  The course will look at the makeup of decorating slips, ideal temperatures for best results, and the following application techniques: dipping, scraffito, slip inlay, sponging and using paper resists.

 

Thursdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
22nd February – 22nd March 2018 (5 sessions)
Cost:  £70
BOOK HERE!

Glaze TechnologyUse of oxides and underglazes
This short course looks at applying some of the most basic materials from which pottery colours come from. Students will learn the makeup and different applications of oxides and underglazes, utilising fine brushwork, sponge application of watered down washes, and observing how these interact with glazes.

Students will produce two pieces of work on the course plus tester pieces.

Tuesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
24th April – 22nd May 2018 (5 sessions)
Cost:  £70
BOOK HERE!

Use of glazes
This short block explores both the chemistry and the breadth of application techniques using stoneware glazes. Students will learn the differences between glossy, satin, and dry/matt glazes and ideal means of applying these to pottery and sculpture.

 

Students will produce two pieces of work on the course plus tester pieces.

Tuesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
5th June – 3rd July 2018 (5 sessions)
Cost: £70
BOOK HERE!


RAKU ~ with Mike Scown
This 4-week course takes you through the techniques of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique handmade pieces.  The cost of the course includes four pots for decoration – additional pots are available for £5 each.
Week 1 – History of Raku, ‘Naked Raku’ decorating & firing.
Week 2 – Mixing and applying glazes, masking tape resist.
Week 3 – Horse hair decoration or bring your own combustibles.
Week 4 –  Glazing & copper matte alcohol reduction.

“A brilliant experience- fantastic helpful tutor, well organised & a great range of techniques tried.”

Please note the sessions will be run in the outside courtyard area bring some warm clothes!

Mondays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
23rd April – 21st May 2018 (4 sessions) – break for bank holiday 7th May
Cost: £70
FULLY BOOKED 


THROWING ON THE WHEEL

SONY DSCWHEEL I – BEGINNERS
This course focuses on learning the core skills of throwing on a wheel.  Students will be taught basic pulling of handles and attaching them to the cylinders they have made to produce an aesthetically pleasing piece.

It is recommended that people wishing to continue to improve their throwing technique move into the “Wheel II” courses rather than repeating this course.

“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!”

Tuesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
24th April – 17th July 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!

Wednesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
2nd May – 25th July 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
26th April – 19th July 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE! (Click 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  

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
23rd April – 23rd July (12 sessions) – break for bank holiday 7th May and half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
3rd May – 26th July (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 


Pottery, Art HouseWHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II)
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 am – 1.00 pm
24th February – 31st March 2018 (6 weeks)
Cost: £144
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

2nd June – 7th July 2018 (6 weeks)
Cost:  £144
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


DAYTIME “OFF-PEAK” WHEEL CLASSES
Learn wheel throwing for the complete beginner and improver. Beginners will be learning the basics of producing wheel thrown pieces while creating mugs and bowls. Students wanting further improvement will start working with larger amounts of clay and be shown advanced techniques for forming lidded containers, bottles, and teapots.

Please note that this is a mixed class and the skill levels your classmates will vary.

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

Tuesdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
24th April – 17th July 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays
10.30 – 12.30 pm
3rd May-26th July 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Fridays
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
27th April – 20th July 2018 (12 sessions) –  half-term break Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE! (Click 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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