Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses – February 2020 Onwards

Please note, due to Covid-19 health crisis, the Art House is closed to the public, and some classes have been, or will be, postponed. Please continue to book your classes and purchase vouchers in the meantime! And join our Facebook group The Big Art Lock In to help stay connected and creative.


Details of our regular classes are shown below.  For Saturday 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.  Please bring your own apron.


HOLIDAY POTTERY ACTIVITY


INTRODUCTION TO WOOD FIRING

An opportunity to produce a body of work and participate in the firing of the wood kiln at Manor Oaks under the expert guidance of Penny Withers and Mike Scown. The course will begin with a talk detailing the unique properties of wood firing followed by a period of making pieces, glazing and loading them into the kiln, and participation in the wood firing on the final day. An iron rich clay that responds well to the reduction atmosphere in the kiln will be used along with a palette of glazes suited to wood firing. Sessions will be split between The Art House for the initial making stages and Manor Oaks for the glazing, loading and firing. Previous experience in throwing or handbuilding is recommended.

Dates/times (for a full breakdown of activity, click the booking link below)

Tuesday 26th May 2020, 10-1, Art House Main Studio
Wednesday 27th May, 10-1, Art House Main Studio
Friday 29th May, 1-4, Manor Oaks
Saturday 30th May, 8am onwards, Manor Oaks

£180
BOOK HERE


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WEEKLY DROP-IN SESSIONS
(Every Tuesday & Thursday except Christmas week!) 
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 POSTPONED
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: £12 per session (cash only please)


Pottery Courses – January – July 2020


NEW for 2020! POTTERY TASTER SESSIONS

These four week pottery taster sessions are perfect if you’re an absolute beginner who just wants to have a go, or for more experienced throwers and handbuilders who would like to access the studio space with a tutor on hand. Over four sessions, you’ll be led by one our experienced tutors in the basics of either throwing on our electric potters wheel or handbuilding using techniques such as coiling, slabbing and pinching.

Please bring your own apron.

Wheel Throwing Taster Course

Thursdays
30th April – 21st May (4 weeks)
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£66
BOOK HERE

4th June – 25th June (4 weeks)
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£66
FULLY BOOKED

2nd July – 23rd July (4 weeks)
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£66
BOOK HERE

Handbuilding Pottery Taster

Mondays
1st June – 22nd June (4 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£66
BOOK HERE

29th June – 20th July (4 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£66
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
3rd June – 24th June (4 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£66
BOOK HERE

1st July – 22nd July (4 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£66
BOOK HERE


BEGINNER WHEEL
This course focuses on learning the core skills of throwing on a wheel. Students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

This is a repeatable course to secure basic throwing and glazing skills.  Please bring your own apron.

“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
20th April – 13th July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
FULLY BOOKED

Tuesdays
21st April – 14th July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays 
22nd April – 15th July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
23rd April – 16th July (12 weeks)
11.00am – 1.00pm
£199
BOOK HERE

23rd April – 16th July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
FULLY BOOKED

Fridays
24th April – 17th July (12 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£199
BOOK HERE


ADVANCED WHEEL

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 
27th April – 20th July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
30th April – 23rd July (12 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£199
BOOK HERE


SATURDAY WHEEL: Beginners & Improvers

Beginners will learn the core skills of throwing on a wheel. Students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

Improvers will continue to develop their skills and learn new techniques.

9th May – 13th June (6 weeks)
10.00am – 1.00pm
£149
BOOK HERE

20th June – 25th July (6 weeks)
10.00am – 1.00pm
£149
BOOK HERE


INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY 

This course is for students who want to develop their hand building and decorative ideas.

With guidance from the tutor you will be shown how to make your own projects – combining hand-building techniques to make larger pieces and using a variety of decorative techniques to finish your work.

This class is also suitable for those with experience who would like to work on their own handbuilding projects.

Mondays
20th April – 13th July (12 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
22nd April – 13th July (12 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
24th April – 24th July (12 weeks)
11.00am – 1.00pm
£199
BOOK HERE

Fridays
24th April – 24th July (12 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm*
£250
BOOK HERE

*Please note this is a slightly longer class at 2.5 hours


SURFACE DECORATION with Krishna Alageswaran 

Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under glaze colours with confidence.  Improve your knowledge and application of techniques to get the effect you want.  Best suited to potters who have already some experience and want to learn more about surface decoration.

You will be shown:
• Various slip application techniques scraffito, inlay, incised, stencil and wax resist.
• How oxides and under glazes can be applied and work with other mediums.
• How to combine surface decoration to their best effect.

You will be given the opportunity to make a selection of tiles with all the decorative techniques and at least one completed hand built piece using slips, oxides and under glazes.

Tuesdays
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 9.00pm
£105
BOOK HERE


DECORATIVE TECHNIQUES 

Thursdays
4th June – 9th July (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE


GLAZE TECHNOLOGY with Krishna Alageswaran

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.

Tuesdays 
2nd June – 7th July (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE


INTRODUCTION TO PORCELAIN 

Mondays
20th April – 18th May (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£85
BOOK HERE


INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE

Tuesdays 
21st April – 19th May (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£85
BOOK HERE


POTS FOR THE GARDEN with Charlotte Berry

Develop your hand building and decorative skills with projects designed to enhance your garden.
You will be shown:
How to :
• Pinch, coil and slab clay to make a variety of items
• Use a variety of decorative surface techniques
• Use different techniques to sculpt with clay
You will be given the opportunity to make:
• A birdbath
• Choose to make other items such as sculptural ceramic seed heads, bird feeders, tea lights holders and wall planters

Wednesdays
22nd April – 20th May (5 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£85
BOOK HERE


BURNISHING AND SMOKE FIRING with Mike Scown

 

Wednesdays 
22nd April – 20th May (5 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
BOOK HERE

 


BLACK AND WHITE POTS 

Thursdays
23rd April – 21st May (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£85
BOOK HERE


RAKU FIRING with Mike Scown 

Experience the process of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces. Complete beginners to advanced students welcome. Course includes: naked raku, glazing, masking tape resist, horse-hair decoration and copper matte pyrex reduction.
Firing and materials included. One complimentary pot included for each class.

Wednesdays
3rd June – 8th July (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE


 

 

CERAMICS – A YEAR LONG COURSE with Mary Else
A full year course (3 terms that follow the academic year), designed for the student who wants an extended class in which a range of hand-building and decorative techniques can be explored over an extended period of time plus receive an introductory course (12 weeks) on the potter’s wheel.  At the conclusion, students will have had the opportunity to develop all the core/essential skills covered in the range of our hand-building 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.”

Mondays
Cost per term: £198 (total of £594)
FULLY BOOKED

Please note: This year long course is split into 3 terms and 3 payments.  By booking onto term 1, you are also agreeing to booking and paying for terms 2 and 3.  Participants will be notified when payment becomes due for the remaining terms.


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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