Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses


Click on the links below to see details and start dates of our regular classes (or scroll down the page) – if you are interested in any of our taster sessions, weekend and other workshops please click here:

Mondays
Clock off with Clay – After Work/College Sessions
Ceramics – A Year Long Course
Wheel I – Beginners
Wheel continuation (with Tutor)

Tuesdays
Introduction to Ceramics I
Wheel II – Improvers

Wednesdays
Daytime PotterySpecial daytime pricing
Daytime WheelSpecial daytime pricing
Surfaces, Glaze and Design
Wheel I – Beginners
Introduction to Ceramics I

Thursdays
Clock off with Clay – After Work/College Sessions
Wheel continuation (with Tutor)
Wheel I – Beginners
Ceramics II

Fridays
Daytime PotterySpecial daytime pricing
Daytime WheelSpecial daytime pricing

Saturday Classes
Wheel Saturday – Wheel I & Independent Study (with Tutor)

Please note: there is an additional charge of £2 for 1lb weight of clay for kiln firing and glazing for all pottery courses.


How to book: To book and pay please click on the preferred course link below. By doing so you confirm 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.

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 £25 cash back.


Spring / Summer Term Classes

CERAMICS – A YEAR LONG COURSE with Mary Else
A new full year course (3 terms, 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 I; Ceramics II; and the Surfaces and Design course, plus some incorporation of throwing on the wheel and some one-to-one 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 should be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio program.

Mondays
7pm – 9pm
Third term: May 8th – July 31st 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180 (for each term) 
COURSE FULL (for existing students please contact office to confirm place for term 3)

Please note – The demand for this course has been very high so we are looking to organise another year course – if you would like your name putting on the waiting list please click here to email us and we will confirm the course arrangements when finalised.


WHEEL I – BEGINNERS
Learn wheel throwing for the complete beginner. The focus will be 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.

Mondays
7pm – 9pm
May 8th – July 31st 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
7pm – 9pm
May 3rd – July 26th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
7pm – 9pm
May 4th – July 27th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE


WHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II)
Learn wheel throwing for the complete beginners and improvers. You will be making pots on the wheel to be biscuit fired and glazed. The focus will be learning and practising the core skills of throwing on a wheel.  The classes will run as longer 3 hour teaching sessions over a 6-week period.

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

Saturdays
10am – 1pm
May 13th – June 17th 2017 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions – this class will continue through Whit week without any half-term break)
Cost: £135
COURSE FULL 

Saturdays
10am – 1pm
June 24th – July 29th 2017 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions)
Cost: £135
BOOK HERE!


WHEEL II – IMPROVERS

Wheel II is for students who have demonstrated a competent grasp of the fundamentals of throwing, as 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, as individuals are ready. Students will learn to apply various slip and chattering effects to finish their work, as well as advanced 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.

Tuesdays  
7pm – 9pm
May 2nd – July 25th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays  
7pm – 9pm
May 4th – July 27th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE!


WHEEL CONTINUATION (with tutor)
This course is for students who have finished a full course in Wheel I or II or are in open studio and want to continue honing their skills with the aid of a tutor before proceeding on to the next stage in their making. The class is expected to be for students of varying skill levels; tuition will be geared to groups of different skill levels accordingly.

This is a repeatable course and allows students to develop their technique and individual projects with a tutor.

Mondays 
7pm – 9pm
January 9th – April 3rd 2017 (12 weeks)
Cost: £180


DAYTIME WHEEL 

*SPECIAL OFFER – 12 SESSIONS FOR ONLY £115!*

Learn wheel throwing for the complete beginner and improver. You will be making pots on the wheel to be biscuit fired and glazed. The focus will be learning and practicing the core skills of throwing on a wheel.

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

Wednesdays
1pm – 3pm
May 3rd – July 26th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £115
COURSE FULL 

Thursdays
10.30am -12.30pm
May 4th – July 27th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £115
COURSE FULL 

Fridays
1pm – 3pm
May 5th – July 28th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £115
COURSE FULL


DAYTIME POTTERY

*SPECIAL OFFER 12 SESSIONS FOR ONLY £115!*

The course is aimed at all abilities. A chance to learn all the basics of hand-building techniques in 12 weeks.

This course is repeatable – and after completing the course once you will have the opportunity to work on your own projects with the tutor.

Wednesdays
10am – 12 noon
May 3rd – July 26th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £115
COURSE FULL

Fridays
10am – 12 noon
May 5th – July 28th 2017 (12 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £115
BOOK HERE!


Mike Scown-48CLOCK OFF WITH CLAY – AFTER WORK/COLLEGE DROP-IN SESSIONS
A hour tutor led session, for absolute beginners to intermediate learners to experiment and have fun throwing on the wheel. Also available to students on a course who just want some more time to practice.


DROP-IN SESSION – No booking needed just turn up and pay on the day. Please arrive 10 minutes early to make payment.

Mondays
5.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursdays
5.30pm – 6.30pm

Cost: £12 per session


Handbuilding, Art House SheffieldEVENING POTTERY 
Designed for a complete beginner, this course explores the basics of hand-built ceramics through a variety of techniques and intricate decorating practices. In this class you will learn to identify the state of a piece of clay by touch and learn how to manipulate it to come away with beautiful and personal hand-formed pieces. Students should leave with several pieces reflecting an understanding of the basic elements of pottery and a foundation of craftsmanship to explore further in later classes.

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

Tuesdays 
7pm – 9pm
May 9th – July 25th 2017 (11 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £165
BOOK HERE!

Wednesdays
7pm – 9pm
May 10th – July 26th 2017 (11 weeks) – Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £165
BOOK HERE!


Krishna handbuild square potsCERAMICS II (HANDBUILDING)
Following on from the Evening Pottery course, this course is for more experienced students, and will cover slabs, using press moulds, basic mould-making (optional), figurative or animal sculpture (complex coiling and modelling) and lidded pots with handles. In addition students will be given an introduction to slips, underglazes, use of oxides and glazing (including spray booth).

Thursdays
7pm – 9pm
May 4th – July 27th 2017 (12 weeks)
Half-term Mon 29th May – Fri 2nd June
Cost: £180
BOOK HERE! 

 


Glaze TechnologySURFACES, GLAZE AND DESIGN
The knowledge gained from these class will help individuals to get reproducible, predictable and beautiful results, and the ability to apply newfound skills to a variety of pottery disciplines. The tutor will highlight the ideal circumstances for utilising each technique and how to exercise an eye for form and texture with emphasis on their role in design. Further, students will learn to identify different surface finishing techniques used in traditional and contemporary worldwide practices and how to emulate particular effects in one’s own work.

Please note we have reformatted the course structure into 3 x 4 week sessions to allow students to book onto their preferred sessions.  For each 4-week block students will come away with two pieces of finished work.

Use of oxides and underglazes
This block 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.

Wednesday 12th July – 2nd August 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £60
BOOK HERE!

Use of glazes
This 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 be shown how to use a spray booth, dip, paint and use wax resists to achieve a range of effects in their glazing. Glaze chemistry will also be explored.

Wednesday 26th April – 17th May 2017 (4 sessions)
Cost:  £60
COURSE FULL 

Use of slips
This block of 4 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.

Wednesday 7th June – 28th June 2017 (4 sessions)
Cost:  £60
BOOK HERE!


IMG_1651RAKU COURSE with Mike Scown

This 4-week mini course take you through the techniques of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces.  The cost of the course will include one pot for decoration per class (so 4 pots in total) – additional pots will be available for £5 each.

Week 1 – History of Raku, naked Raku decorating and firing.
Week 2 – Mixing and applying glazes, masking tape resist.
Week 3 – Horse hair decoration or bring your own combustibles, Raku jewellery, gilding with metal leaf.
Week 4 – Copper matte alcohol reduction, decorating and firing pots.

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

Tuesdays
2nd – 23rd May 2017 (4 weeks)
7pm – 9pm
Cost:  £60
BOOK HERE!


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 10am-4pm to pay in person.


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.

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 within 14 days of commencement you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee.

If we are forced to cancel a course then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

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