Pottery Workshops

 

Pottery Studio – Workshops and Taster Sessions


As well as our regular term time classes we offer a developing programme of weekend and evening workshops, including introductory sessions to allow new students the opportunity to try before signing up to a full course, to 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.


 Workshops with guest potters

Karin sculpture

SCULPTURE WORKSHOP ~ with Karin Hessenberg
A sculpture workshop on observing individual characteristics of a person’s head, looking at key features to enable clay modelling. You will be making a small head constructed from two pinch pots joined and shaping the head from both the inside and the outside. You will observe the setting of the head on the neck and use clay additions for features such as the nose, ears and hair. The workshop includes advice on making your sculpture ready for firing. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Please note – Students are asked to bring an empty water bottle or wine bottle to the workshop.


Saturday 15th July 2017 (£40)

10am – 1pm
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Art House in-house workshop programme

Pottery, Art HouseTHROWING ON THE WHEEL
An introduction to the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.  Our classes are small (max 8 people) so you will get plenty of input from our tutors.  Come and give it a try and maybe you’ll be on the BBC Pottery Throw-down next year! Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 24th June 2017 (£40)
2-4pm
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Saturday 15th July 2017 (£40) 3 SPACES LEFT
10am-12pm
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Saturday 15th July 2017 (£40) 5 SPACES LEFT
2pm – 4pm
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Saturday 22nd July 2017 (£40) 4 SPACES LEFT
10am-12pm
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Saturday 29th July 2017 (£40) 2 SPACES LEFT
10am-12pm
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Saturday 29th July 2017 (£40) 8 SPACES LEFT
2pm-4pm
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Tea bowl

TEA BOWL / CUP PAINTING WORKSHOP
Paint a landscape or pattern around a small bowl form using cobalt oxide, whilst enjoying Birdhouse tea and our own homemade cakes from The Tea Studio. The ceramic pieces provided will be of high quality and hand made by our experienced tutors in advance.

In this session, the tutor will provide a number of traditional and contemporary stylised samples to draw inspiration from. Examples of patterns and scenes, which lend themselves to the techniques and brushes used in this session will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The workshop includes a professionally, handmade tea bowl/cup, tea and cake.  Extra bowls/cups can be purchased to use for £3 on the day.  At the completion of the session, pieces will be glazed by our staff, fired to stoneware temperatures (and made food safe) and ready to pick up in two weeks.
This course is suitable for complete beginners or those seeking an introduction into ceramic painting with oxides.

Saturday 8th July 2017 (£35)
10am – 12 noon
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Teapot workshop1

BUILD A TEAPOT WORKSHOP
Come and join us to make, assemble and decorate a tea pot. 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 stoneware temperature to enable you to use it at home or give it as a gift.
Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 17th June 2017 (£40)
10am – 1pm
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Saturday 29th July 2017 (£40)
10am – 1pm
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TilesTILE MAKING & CARVING 
Come and learn the meticulous craft of tile carving. In this relaxing and engrossing workshop, you will learn how to create a beautiful, relief carved piece which can then be used as a hot plate, or hung as wall piece or house number. Participants can make a number of tiles to use as coasters, or to be joined together as a larger piece. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

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Saturday 24th June 2017 (£40)

10am – 1pm
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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 to approximately 1000 degrees Celsius before removing them using metal tongs 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.

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.


Saturday 8th July (£40)

10am – 1pm
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More to follow…


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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