This Monday evening ceramics course is fairly flexible for you to build pieces that you need or want in your life and is suitable for beginners or the more experienced potter. We offer open access for the more experienced potter and guidence through the process from start to finish for the complete beginner.
Students should approach the course with some ideas of things they would like to make in mind. Some basic sketched ideas will put you in a good position to start and achieve your expectations of the course. Pinterest is a great place to start and we also have a Hills Road Ceramics Facebook page for you to follow.
More advanced students are free to work on projects of their own, and are encouraged to ask for help and advice when needed. Total beginners are also very welcome and will be guided through various techniques including pinch, coil and slab building techniques. Surface decoration will also be examined. Four 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.
We offer a focused and friendly environment to expand your knowledge and confidence in Ceramics. 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
A notebook and pen to take notes of the process, some print-outs of ceramic work you like, whether that be sculptural or functional. If you have initial sketches, no matter how rough, please bring these along too.