6 Week Beginners Ceramic Design Course
A 6 week course aimed at beginners or those who have some ceramic design experience.
During this course you will learn the process of slip casting, fettling, a variety of surface decoration techniques, glazing, how to design and develop your own surface transfers and apply them to your final pieces.
This 6 week course will enable you to challenge your creativity in a fun and stimulating environment and equip you with a variety of different skills and knowledge within ceramics and surface design.
- Cost per person £220 including all materials and firings
- Max number of participants 5
- Min age 16+
- Held in my Studio – Four Makers @ No.5, Middleport Pottery, ST6 3PE
Start date: Wednesday 5th September
Finish date: Wednesday 10th October
6:30 – 8:30pm
3 in stock
Introduction to my practice and the slip casting process using pre made plaster moulds. Slip cast your own tealights/ pots using porcelain slip – you will be able to cast at least 4 pieces.
Fettling and Surface decoration techniques
You will be shown how to fettle and clean up your pieces followed by demonstrations of different surface decoration techniques using coloured slips, stains, scraffito and textures. You’ll have the opportunity to sketch and draw your own designs before applying them straight onto your pots and can practise the different techniques onto prepared handmade porcelain tiles.
Design your own transfers
Refine and finish the initial surface decoration techniques onto your slip casted pieces and tiles ready for the bisque firing.Start to design and develop patterns for your own printed surfacetransfers that will later be applied to your pieces.
You will be shown how to glaze your bisque pieces ready for their 2nd firing. Finish off your designs for the surface transfers that you want to add to each of your pieces. (these will then be printed ready for the following week and pieces will be glaze fired)
Decorating with surface transfer prints
You will be shown how to decorate your pieces with transfers to create interesting compositions for surface decoration. You’ll then start to decorate each of your pieces with your own printed transfers. Ready-made stock patterns will be available to use if desired.
Refining and finishing pieces
This final session will give you the opportunity to finish applying your transfers and refine your final pieces. You will also have the opportunity to go over and practice any of the shown techniques and processes throughout the course further. All of your pieces will have their transfer firing and you’ll be contacted when they’re ready the following week.
All of the necessary materials and equipment needed for the course will be provided and are included within the cost. I will fire your pieces ready for the following session, which is also included within the cost. With keeping it a small group of a maximum of 5 people allows for one on one tuition and support. At the start of each week you will be given the aims and objectives of the session followed by a detailed demonstration from myself for each activity.
All abilities welcome and you do not need to have prior knowledge and experience in ceramics.
Wear old clothing, I will provide aprons
Tea and Coffee will be provided
Any other info…
If you have any particular designs, patterns and objects for inspiration that you want to work from please bring them along.