Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses Winter Term


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
Second term:  8th January – 26th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term break due to early Easter.


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.

“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)
16th January – 20th March 2018 (10 sessions) – no half-term break due to early Easter.
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 

Wednesdays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
17th January – 21st March 2018 (10 sessions) – no half-term break due to early Easter.
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.

Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
10th January – 28th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

Fridays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12th January – 23rd March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term beak.
Cost: £148
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


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.

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

Tuesdays
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
16th January – 20th March 2018 (10 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost:  £192
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


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.

 

Thursdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Next dates coming soon.

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.

Thursdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Next dates coming soon.

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.

Wednesdays
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
22nd November – 13th December 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £64
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)  


RakuRAKU ~ with Mike Scown
This 5-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, making Raku jewellery.
Week 4 –  Glazing & firing raku jewellery.
Week 5 –  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!

Tuesdays
7th November – 5th December 2017 (5 weeks)
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Cost:  £85
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

27th February – 27th March 2018 (5 weeks)
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Cost:  £85
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)


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.

“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
8th January – 26th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE!  (Click to see number of places remaining)

Tuesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
9th January – 27th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £192
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Wednesdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
17th January – 28th March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £176
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
11th January – 29th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term break.
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
15th January – 26th March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £176
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
18th January – 29th March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term break.
Cost: £176
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
4th November – 9th December 2017
Cost: £144
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining) 

10.00 am – 1.00 pm
13th January – 17th February 2018 – no half term
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
16th January – 27th March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term.
Cost: £148
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Thursdays
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
11th January – 29th March 2018 (12 sessions) – no half-term.
Cost: £162
BOOK HERE! (Click to see number of places remaining)

Fridays
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
12th January – 23rd March 2018 (11 sessions) – no half-term.
Cost: £148
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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