This course will take you through the techniques of pottery that are used, by and large, though out the world. The first four weeks will begin with a lesson/demo of various techniques (try not to be late) and give you time to get started on any projects or experiments you might have in mind. The second half of the course will be focused on expanding those techniques through practice.
If you do have ideas before the course then please bring along some drawings or examples of what it is you wish to try out. Pinching, coiling, slab building, and joining will be explored. For the symmetrically inclined amongst you, there are some wheels to use too.
Do not be shy. If you are a beginner, then you have to start somewhere. If you are more advanced and want to work independently, that’s great too. The instructor will be at hand to answer questions and give suggestions to everyone. Pottery is lovely because it is rare that there is only ever one way to do something; the more you engage with clay, the more you will come to understand the diversity of its application.
If you can remember, bring something to take notes with - especially important when it comes to glazing! We do have some aprons at the studio but feel free to bring your own. Clay generally washes out of clothing, but don’t hold us to that.
Your work will be available to collect after the course.
Jeremy Peake has been making pots for about 35 years and has taught Ceramics and Art to adults for about 30 years. With a wealth of experience in guiding students through the various making and decorating techniques, Jeremy focuses on encouraging the creativity of individual students as early as possible and building their preferences and strengths. He produces his own work from his workshop near Ely.