Pottery Workshops

 

Pottery Workshops (May 2018 onwards)


As well as our regular term time classes we offer a developing programme of weekend and evening workshops, including workshops from invited guest tutors regarding their own personal approaches to design and technical construction of pieces.

Cost:  £40 (unless stated otherwise) including all materials and kiln-firing.  Suitable for all abilities.  The Tea Studio café will be open on Saturdays for refreshments.

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.


Art House workshop programme


SIP AND CERAMICS: PINCH POTS ~ with Mike Scown
Come and enjoy a relaxed, easy-going Friday night pottery session whilst savouring a few glasses of your favourite tipple.

In this workshop, you will be given expert tuition in simple clay-forming processes that allow you to let your imagination run wild, start the weekend with style!  Bring your own wine, we’ll provide the glasses! (18+)

Friday 15th June 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£25
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Friday 13th July 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£25
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Krishna's rhino

FULL DAY SCULPTURE STANDING ANIMAL WORKSHOP ~ with Krishna Alageswaran
In this workshop Krishna will show you how to make a animal sculpture.  This workshop will focus on making a standing figure of an animal (with more substantial legs) of your choice!  So rhinos, elephants and hippos are welcome but no gazelles, dogs, cats or similar please!

Ideal for students who have done some pottery before.  

Saturday 30th June 2018
10:00 m- 3:30 p.m.
£40
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FULL DAY SCULPTURE WORKSHOP ~ with Krishna Alageswaran
In this workshop Krishna will show you how to make a stylised human head/bust.  Ideal for new or experienced potters who want to make a sculptural piece – maybe a more abstract piece of work or a figure with your own personal style (without the worry of trying to make a sculpture in the likeness of a model sat in front of you!).  The piece will be decorated using slip and then left to for firing/clear glazed.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced potters.

‘Most enjoyable, I learnt a lot. Very pleasant and friendly class

Saturday 26th May 2018
10.00 am – 3.30 pm
£40
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Saturday 28th July 2018
10.00 am – 3.30 pm
£40
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ONE DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP
This workshop will introduce you to both traditional hand-building and the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.

In the morning by you will start to make a slab built project (for example something like a decorative box).  Then take on the potters wheel and throw a few pots before breaking for lunch.  After lunch you will return to finish off your slab built project using coloured slip decoration and complete a coiled pot.  All under excellent tuition and guidance of course!

At the end of the workshop you can select three pots to be left for glazing and firing (ready to collect 3 weeks later).

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This full day workshop has been designed for beginners and those with previous experience of working with clay.  Complimentary Birdhouse Tea during the course of the day from our vegetarian café The Tea Studio .

Saturday 26th May 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Saturday 16th June 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Saturday 23rd June 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Saturday 14th July 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Thursday 9th August 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Thursday 23rd August 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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FULL DAY SCULPTURE with Karin Hessenberg
Full day workshop, using life model, to produce a small life sculpture.

Saturday 2nd June 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
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Pottery, Art HouseTHROWING ON THE WHEEL WORKSHOPS
An introduction to the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.  Our classes are small (maximum of 8 people, 8 wheels) so you will get plenty of demonstrations and input from our tutors.  Come and give it a try and maybe you’ll be on the BBC Pottery Throw-down next year!

Your pieces will be left to dry and then a simple glaze added before firing – ready for collection three weeks after the workshop.

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 9th June 2018 
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£40
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Saturday 9th June 2018
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
£40
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Saturday 7th July 2018 
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£40
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Saturday 7th July 2018
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
£40
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BEACH HUTS with Angie Hardwick 
Create your own ceramic beach hut inspired by potter Mark Smith.
In this workshop you will learn imprinting and applying techniques to create decoration and slab building skills to construct a personalised beach hut.

Saturday 7th July 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
£25
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BIRDHOUSES with Angie Hardwick
In this workshop you will be shown imprinting, applied detail and slab building techniques and make your own bird house.
Suitable for  beginners and more experienced potters.

 

 

Saturday 14th July 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
£25
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BUTTONS, PENDANTS AND BROOCHES with Hannah Weber
Create your own unique ceramic buttons, pendants and brooches.  Explore a range of shapes, sizes and ways in which decoration can be added to your pieces, with an emphasis on achieving high quality finishes.

Suitable for both beginners and those who have done some pottery before.

NEW DATES TO BE CONFIRMED 


BALANCE AND FORM WORKSHOP ~ with Amanda Packham
Working with wet to leather hard slab and strip coiling methods to construct and create abstract forms/vessels.  We will be trialling methods through imaginative experimentation in texture and slips to produce a crafted sculptural piece (30 cm height restriction).

 

Friday 10th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
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NEOLITHIC / BRONZE AGE BEAKER POTTERY with Amanda Packham
We will be looking into history at beaker pottery and methods of forming pieces, the sgraffito decorative techniques employed and natural colourants used to produce individual historically related vessels.

 

Friday 17th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
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CLAY AND THE SENSES ~ with Amanda Packham
A workshop to explore clay in different states through the senses of touch, smell and sound using pinch and wet slab methods to create sensory textural bowls.

 

 

Friday 24th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
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mike-scown-raku-1RAKU with Mike Scown
Raku is a firing technique that originated in 16th Century Japan. It involves rapidly heating pots up in a small kiln before removing them and placing them into beds of sawdust. The pots are so hot that the sawdust bursts into flames, staining the surface of the pots with smoke and producing dramatic and unpredictable effects in glazes. Pots fired in this way are typically regarded as decorative works of art rather than being functional since they remain water porous due to the low firing temperature.
Experience the process of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces.

“I knew nothing about Raku and was amazed by the variety of results that came out of the kiln. Magic!”

The cost of the workshop will include one pot for decoration – if you require additional pots to decorate these will be available for £5 each. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

NEW DATES TO BE CONFIRMED


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BUILD A TEAPOT WORKSHOP
Come and join us to make, assemble and decorate a tea pot (pieces already prepared). You will be taken through the steps of attaching handles, spouts and lids and taught decorative painting skills to personalise your pot whilst enjoying a special Bird House tea of your choice from the Tea Studio Cafe.  Your tea pot will then be kiln fired to enable you to use it at home or give as a special gift.  

“Loved it! Felt great being creative and a huge sense of achievement. Thank you!”

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

NEW DATES TO BE CONFIRMED


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 workshop you must do so at least 14 days before the workshop 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 workshop starts, you will only receive a refund of 50% fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course or workshop).  If you require a refund we will charge a further £15 administrative fee.

After a workshop 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.

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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