Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses Summer Term (including summer school)


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.


Summer School

ChimneaCERAMIC SUMMER SCHOOL
Enjoy a stimulating and fun Bank Holiday week, honing your hand-building skills and techniques.  During each morning, you will be hand-building a chimenea (traditional clay oven) or large sculpture, for outdoor use, whilst the afternoon sessions will be spent with a number of visiting guest artists and in-house potters.

Afternoon sessions include creating ceramic tiles from carved plaster imprints; raku glazing technique and firing; creating slab built vessels with multi-coloured, and laminated clay; and extended sessions throwing on the potter’s wheel.

 

Featuring Potters: Meghan Downs, Trudy Weir, Mike Scown.

Monday 28th August—Friday 1st September 2017 (5 days includes bank holiday)
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Cost:  £250 (includes all firing charges)
BOOK HERE!

Or if five full days is too much!

Five mornings sessions (Mon – Friday) 9:30 – 12.30 pm – Make a Chimenea from Terracotta Crank Clay for Outdoor Use ~ with Sarah Vanic, Cost:  £150  BOOK HERE!

Five afternoon sessions (Mon-Fri) 1.00 – 4.00 pm – Variety of workshops/tutors, Cost:  £150  BOOK HERE!

Monday ~ Aug 28th ~ Throw on the electric wheel with Logan Obermeyer
Tuesday ~ Aug 29th ~ Make Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Wall Tiles: with Meghan Downs
Wednesday ~ Aug 30th ~ Japanese Inspired dishes and serving plates : with Trudy Weir
Thursday ~ Aug. 31st ~ Raku Firing with Mike Scown
Friday ~ Sept. 1 ~ Functional Vases with Meghan Downs


Summer Term Classes and short courses over summer

Mike Scown-48 DROP-IN SESSIONS (EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY)
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 a course who just want some more time to practice.  No booking needed just turn up and pay on the day.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to make payment.


Mondays or Thursdays drop-in

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: £12 per session


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WHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II)
Running over the summer – 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.


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
5th August – 9th September 2017
Cost: £135
BOOK HERE!


Mike Scown-porcelainTHROWING ON THE WHEEL WITH PORCELAIN
Porcelain is regarded as the most difficult to use and demanding of clay bodies, but the results it can produce when fired are unlike any other.

Get your hands on this unique material during this short course, previous throwing experience necessary.

Wednesdays
7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
2nd – 23rd August 2017
Cost:  £70
BOOK HERE!


Tea bowls raku firing

HAND-BUILDING TEA BOWLS FOR RAKU FIRING ~ with Mike Scown
Make and fire tea bowls using techniques inspired by the 16th Century Japanese tradition of raku. The course will cover coiling, pinching and slab building then firing your pieces in an outside kiln.  Suitable for beginners and improvers.
These sessions are slightly longer at 2.5 hours.

Wednesdays 
2nd – 23rd August 2017 (4 weeks)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm


Tea bowls gas firing

THROWING TEA BOWLS FOR GAS FIRING ~ with Mike Scown
Learn to throw and trim tea bowls using iron rich clay, incorporating several techniques to modify and distort the bowl.  These will be fired in a gas kiln, the atmosphere in the kiln reacting with the iron in the clay to produce rich, earthy results.  Suitable for students with previous throwing experience.

These sessions are slightly longer at 2.5 hours.

Fridays 
4th – 25th August 2017 (4 weeks)
1.00 – 3.30 pm
BOOK HERE!


New Autumn Term Classes

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.

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
First term:  11th Sept – 4th Dec 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192 (for each term)
BOOK HERE!


SCULPTURE AND 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.

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)
19th September – 28th November 2017 (10 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE!

Wednesdays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
20th September – 29th November 2017 (10 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE!


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.

Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
13th September – 6th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Fridays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
15th September – 8th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!


Krishna's rhinoSCULPTURE AND ADVANCED HAND-BUILDING
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.

Thursdays
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
21st September – 30th November 2017 (10 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct- Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE!


SURFACES, GLAZE AND DESIGN COURSES

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Use of slips
This block of four 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.

 

Wednesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
13th September – 4th October 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £64
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Glaze Technology

Use 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.

 


Wednesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
11th October – 1st November 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £64
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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.

 

Wednesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
15th November – 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £64
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RakuRAKU ~ 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 one pot for decoration per class (4 pots in total) – additional pots are available for £5 each.

Week 1 – History of Raku, ‘Naked Raku’ , sgraffito decorating.
Week 2 – Mixing and applying glazes, masking tape resist.
Week 3 – Horse hair decoration or bring your own combustibles, making Raku jewellery.
Week 4 –  Jewellery decorating and copper matte alcohol reduction.

Please note the sessions will be run in the outside courtyard area.

Tuesdays
Date to be confirmed (4 weeks)
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Cost:  £75


THROWING ON THE WHEEL

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WHEEL 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.

 


Mondays

7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
11th September – 4th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!

Tuesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
19th September – 12th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!

Wednesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
13th September – 6th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
21st September – 14th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!


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
18th September -11th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays  
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
21st September – 14th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!


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.


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
16th September – 21st October 2017 – no half term
Cost: £144
BOOK HERE!


DAYTIME “OFF-PEAK” WHEEL CLASSES
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.

Tuesdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
19th September – 12th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Wednesday
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
13th September – 6th December 2017 (12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Thursdays
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
14th September – 7th December 2017(12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!

Fridays – this class will be based on the Wheel II curriculum for improvers.
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
15th September – 8th December 2017(12 sessions) – half-term Mon 30th Oct – Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!


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 within 14 days of commencement of the course you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course).  If we are forced to cancel a course 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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