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.
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 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!
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.
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?
The finished pieces may be functional or pure fantasy!
Explore beneath the oak trees and gather leaves, acorns, twigs and more to imprint on clay 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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring is springing! To celebrate we will be inspired by all things nest like… did anyone see Fiona Hall’s amazing exhibition at the NGA, Wrong Way Time? We did and loved her recycled paper sculptures of real bird nests.
Using clay extrusions, free form sculpting and joining lets see what everyone can hatch in clay.
As we continue with the term’s theme of ‘The Body’ our Monday class has embarked on its second project – ‘The Inked Figure’.We are busy creating mixed media sculptures inspired by artists Amanda Shelsher (Ceramics) and Sabrina Gruss (mixed media Sculptor) ; building armatures of card & foil over which we will work with air dry clay and pencils/ink.
Tuesday’ s second project ’The Mouth Cave’ is inspired by the work of Thomas Barbey (Surrealist Photographer). Students are building ceramic caves full of extraordinary worlds… flowers, wolves, words, waves, make up, monsters and more.