Beginners’ Course: Intro to Clay 2020 – Spaces Available!

Beginners’ Course: Introduction to Clay 

March 2020

  • Saturday afternoons 12-3pm x 3 Workshops
  • 7th, 14th, 21st March 2020
  • £130 per person – all materials and firing included.
  • Tutor: Kayley Holderness

Three three-hour afternoon workshops designed to give a good understanding of basic hand building and decorating techniques. Create functional pieces from start to finish: make with a range of different clays, experiment with exciting textures and colourful surface decoration, and glaze the fired pieces.

Attendees must commit to all three sessions in the course. Refunds and exchanges will not be made for missed workshops. Notice of cancellation must be made at least fourteen days prior to the course beginning in order to obtain a full refund. Refunds will not be given after this time.

Maximum 10 people per course to allow for lots of individual attention.

Email Kayley to book a space. Payment required upon booking by bank transfer.

Course Format:

Week 1: Pinch and Texturise

Follow your instincts and experiment with the simplest way to manipulate clay – I said simplest, not easiest! Pinch the clay between finger and thumb and practise controlling the form to create functional objects. Play with tools to texturise the surface and add handles, foot rings and lips to determine the function of your piece.

Week 2: Slab, Slip and Coil

Roll beautiful slabs, decorate with coloured slips, add texture and learn how to stick them together to create vessels with curved and flat sides.

Learn how to roll the perfect coil, build a pot from the bottom up, fix the coils together so they never come apart and experiment with form by placing the coils in different formations.

Week 3: Glaze and Refine

Learn the steps involved in basic glaze-dipping and brushing, working with the fired results from Weeks 1 & 2.

Grate, scrape and refine your coiled piece from Week 2 to reduce the weight of the piece and create your desired surface finish.

Islington Arts Factory Membership Fee:

Attendees of group workshops must pay a £1 Membership Fee to Islington Arts Factory on the door for each workshop they attend. Termly and Annual Membership options are also available.

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