Pottery Courses

 

 

Pottery Courses (July 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)


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.

Wednesdays
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
12th September – 17th October (6 weeks)
£90
BOOK HERE!


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 handbuilding courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

Please note – this course focuses on sculptural/handbuilding 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.”

Mondays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)

Term 1: 17th  September – 26th November 2018 (10 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
Cost per 10 week term: £198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 

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

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)
18th  September – 27th November 2018 (10 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 


DAYTIME “OFF-PEAK” 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.”

Mondays
1:30 – 3:30
10th September – 3rd December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
£168
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Thursdays
1:30 – 3:30
13th September – 6th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
£168
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DAYTIME “OFF PEAK” POTTERY PROJECTS – NEW COURSE
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.

 

Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12th September – 5th December 2018 – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
Cost: £168
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Fridays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
14th September – 7th December 2018 – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
Cost: £168
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CERAMIC GARDEN – with Charlotte Berry
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.

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 – 3.30pm
12th September – 10th October 2018 (5 weeks)
£70
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


SCULPTURE AND HANDBUILDING ~ with Krishna Alageswaran
Following on from the Evening Pottery course, this class is excellent for students wanting a more in-depth introduction to sculpture or to improve on their modelling and texturing skills.

Students will practice 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. In addition, students will be given further instruction in the use of slips, underglazes, oxides and glazing.

This course sets students up to move into Open Studio as competent hand builders with a good introduction into sculptural technique.

Tuesdays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
18th  September – 27th November 2018 (10 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
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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.

Thursdays
7:00 – 9:00
20th September – 25th October 2018 (6 weeks)
£95
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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!

Wednesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
7th November – 28th November 2018 (4 sessions)
Cost: £75
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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!”

Mondays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
17th September – 10th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Tuesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
11th September – 4th December 2018 – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Wednesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
12th September – 5th December 2018 – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
13th September – 6th December 2018 – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
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
10th September – 3rd December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
20th September – 13th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term break Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November 2018
£198
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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.

Thursdays
11.00 – 1.00 pm
13th September – 6th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
£168
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

Fridays
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
14th September – 7th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
£168
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)


DAYTIME “OFF-PEAK” WHEEL BASED PROJECTS – NEW COURSE ~ with Charlotte Berry
This course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners and more experienced potters who have already completed the Daytime Wheel course but who want studio time to develop their throwing and decorative skills further as they work on their own projects.

Fancy having a go at production throwing?  Embellishing a thrown pot with sprigging and coloured slips or making a teapot from scratch?  Or just more opportunity to explore glazing and surface decoration?  Run by an experienced tutor you will be given lots of demonstrations and individual help to extend your repertoire of techniques giving you the essential skills to produce succesful pots.

Tuesdays
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
11th September – 4th December 2018 (12 sessions) – half-term Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
£168
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


Pottery, Art HouseWHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II) ~ with Mick Randle
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.
21st July – 25th August 2018 (6 weeks)
Cost:  £148
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Saturdays
10:00 – 1:00 p.m.
15th September – 20th October 2018 (6 weeks)
Cost:  £148
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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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