Z Ceramics (Sat PM Sept)
This Saturday afternoon Ceramics course is fairly flexible for you to build pieces that you need or want in your home, garden or to give as gifts. and is suitable for beginners or the more experienced potter. Students are encouraged to come with some ideas in mind.
Students should approach the course with some ideas of things they would like to make in mind. Some sketched ideas will put you in a good position to achieve your expectations of the course, no matter how basic the drawings may be. Pinterest is a great place to start and we also have a Hills Road Ceramics Facebook page for you to follow (Search "Ceramics at Hills Road"). If you would rather bring some print-outs of ceramic work that you like, this is also fine.
Total beginners are very welcome and will be guided through various techniques including pinch, coil and slab building techniques. Surface decoration will also be examined. Several electric potters wheels are available in the studio for students to use, as well as an extensive range of glazes. Learning through controlled experimentation is encouraged.
More advanced students are free to work on projects of their own, and are encouraged to ask for help and advice when needed.
We offer a great, focused and friendly environment to expand your knowledge and confidence in Ceramics. The work will be available for you to collect after the course has finished and it has been finally fired in the kiln.
Please make sure you bring a notebook and a pen (preferably a felt tip as ballpoints tend to get clogged with the clay dust), so you can write down the steps you take, if you wish to progress with this discipline.
By the end of the four-week course you will:
have made some pieces you can use in your home, show off as a feature in your garden or give to friends and family as gifts.
have developed a knowledge and understanding of the material and its potential.
gain a confidence in working with clay and be aware of the best methods that suit you and how you can develop and take this knowledge further.
Please note: This course will more than likely leave you wanting more!
Katy McDonald is a practicing artist, interested in using a combination of different, often traditional methods and techniques to produce contemporary outcomes. Her work is influenced by various street artists and also shapes, patterns and growths seen in nature and decay. She is inspired by the transition of scuplture and street art escaping the gallery to develop a new life and a new audience outside the conventional exhibition environment.
Katy has a passion for working with clay and helping students progress with this medium while developing their ideas and projects.
For further information on your tutor and her artistic practice please visit katymcdonaldart.weebly.com
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Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.
Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.
Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.