Category Archives: Ceramics

Art workshops celebrating the versatility and beauty of clay. Carved, sculpted, hand built, coiled, slab built, pinch pots and more with surface decoration in slip, glaze, sgraffito, inlay and underglaze.

Soup Kitchen Ceramics

Warm yourself from toes to nose with Soup Kitchen Ceramics this Winter. Discover and practise clay techniques like free hand coiling and paddling. We will also use  moulds to create repeated, regular bowl shapes.

There will also be time to make a matching spoon to complete your domestic ware. Let your imagination run wild and see what kind of designs you can come up with…

All bowls and spoons will be glazed and fired to allow them to be fully functional in the kitchen and dining room.

Get A Head

Get a head in your modelling game! Have a great day sculpting a head out of clay. Learn about facial proportions and how to construct features like eyes, ears and noses. Discover textures and explore form to make hair, cloth or other additions

We will use a range of ceramic tools, including some household objects like garlic crushers, combs and wooden spoons to coil, paddle and sculpt our heads into shape. These busts will be highlighted with oxides and coloured clays and fired in a kiln.

Mandalas of Clay

Come create mandalas of clay! Traditionally mandalas are circular diagrams that symbolise the universe in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In the art world they are more commonly recognised as symmetrical, geometric, round patterns that inspire meditation and mindfulness in the making or viewing.  They are also really fun to make! These mandalas will be made in clay and fired allowing them to also live outside in a garden setting.

Starting with the design of our Mandala on paper we’ll progress to customising our own textured stamps and then construct our circular slab base of a rich terracotta clay. We’ll build up a 3-dimensional pattern from fine coils, carving and stamp work.

Arctic Animalia

Arctic Animalia invites you to journey to the coldest Northern parts of the world and explore the animal life that lives there.  Be amazed by the huge and fierce polar bear. Be overwhelmed by the unbearable cuteness of baby harp seals and arctic foxes. Be astonished at the immensity and grace of nawhals and orcas!

Arctic Animalia
extreme arctic cuteness

Participants will choose an arctic animal to focus on and then sculpt it in white,  earthenware clay . We will look at the work of Inuit artists and be inspired by the clean lines and beautifully simplified forms of their sculpted animals. Starting with little models to work out scale, shape and possible textures for surface treatment the class will then learn larger, handbuilding construction techniques to build their chosen animal/s. These figures will be glazed minimally to highlight major features and then be fired in a kiln.

Arctic Animalia
Pauta Saila (Canadian, 1916-2009) carved stone Inuit sculpture ‘Dancing Bear’

Cool Candelabra

Drawing inspiration from Aeon’s very own wonderful boutique ceramic ware work of Fetish Designs, Creative Catalyst’s Cool Candelabra is an illuminating clay project.

Cool Candelabra
Fetish design candlesticks

After designing our own original candelabra we will construct our form using a variety of slab, coil and pinch building techniques then use stamping and sculpting to embellish our creations.

The final artwork will be coloured and glazed ready to be crowned with candles.

Storm in a Teacup

Ceramics


Get your hands into some clay and learn, or even polish your ceramic hand-building skills.

With the set theme ‘storm in a teacup’ as a starting point we will delve into the creative possibilities of extended pinch pots with coiled additions, sculptural elements and fine underglaze line work.

Taking inspiration from the old idiom, and building from there, this workshop will prove to be a fabulous opportunity to make a cup your own.

Add some feet to your teacup? A wing? Or perhaps a painted figure?

Storm in a Teacup

The finished pieces may be functional or pure fantasy!

Autumn Tiles

Explore beneath the oak trees and gather leaves, acorns, twigs and more to imprint on clay tiles.

Autumn Tiles

This class will explore the creative and technical challenges involved in creating nature-inspired clay tiles, and investigate design, tool-making, function & form, and the interplay  of texture, stamping, carving, relief, painting, glazing and more.

Drawing on inspiration from William Morris to the work of Gaudi and examples in our own home city, we’ll work together to hand build in clay our very own Autumn Tiles.

Scrying Bowls

With Halloween still fresh on our minds and the day of the Dead upon us Tuesday’s Catalyst class embark upon our Scrying Bowl project. 

jenny-mendes-ceramics

Scrying? Down the ages, scrying has been a prominent means of divination & fortune-telling through the act of looking into a bowl of fluid in the hope of discerning messages or visions.

Into the bowl would be placed the water which would then have an ‘activator’ added according to need:

  • To see a world like the one you are in, add a pinch of sea salt.
  • To see a world significantly different from your own, add a drop of ink.
  • To see into the realm of the Fae, add one drop of the oil of a flower.
  • To see into the realm of the dead, add one drop of your own blood, taken from a pinprick.
  • To see into your own mind, add a drop of saliva.

Working in clay we will build a unique hand made bowl to be decorated with runes, text and images using the sgraffito technique for our own try at scrying.

Ceramic Tile Art

When clay meets with our imagination nothing is impossible. Monday’s Mixed Media Class is exploring the history and art of tile making and decorating – including an inspirational tour of Teffany’s amazing Hearth studio across the road during week 6.
A detail from a tiled mosaic peice in Teffany’s upcoming art show Hearth
A detail from a tiled mosaic peice in Teffany’s upcoming art show Hearth
From a simple slab to a multifaceted geometrical or figurative composition of forms we will create new and unique designs to transcribe onto the clay and will use slip, sculpting, stamp and line work with underglaze to furnish our final individual glazed art tile.

Nesting

Nesting
Laura’s Nest

Spring is springing! To celebrate we will be inspired by all things nesting, from the residences of bower-birds and magpies to Fiona Hall’s recent amazing exhibition at the National Gallery, Wrong Way Time (we loved her recycled paper sculptures of real bird nests). Taking inspiration from this amazing springtime phenomena, together we will explore the incredible world of bird nests and then create your own version in clay. After design, construction and decoration the nest will be fired in a kiln and then taken home to adorn your garden.

Birds of a feather... A nest in progress!
Birds of a feather… A nest in progress!