This Saturday morning Ceramics course gives students a chance to delve a little deeper in to the wonderful world of clay. Students will learn a range of processes in the first 4 weeks and be able to put them in to practice and perfect them more in the following 4 weeks. We will also be able to gain a better understanding of surface decoration and learn from experiments and results from the kiln.
The course is fairly flexible for you to build pieces that you need or want in your home, garden or to give as gifts. A lesson and demonstration will be given to beginners to start the lesson, then individual attention given to each student to help progress their chosen projects.
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. If you would rather bring some print-outs of ceramic work that you like, this is also fine.
Students should bring at least one of the following items to the first lesson in the form of a sketch/photograph/print-out:
- One or more ceramic item(s) you like
- Surfaces and/or patterns
- Forms and/or shapes that you find inspiring
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.
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