Pottery and ceramics

Throwing pots with Alison Sandeman

Ref: S1D08878

Beginners

£139.00
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About this course

Learn how to throw on an electric potter's wheel and create several stoneware pots.

Course Description

The day begins with a short look at historical and contemporary wheel made pots. This is followed by a demonstration and then guidance on the all-important process of clay preparation; wedging and kneading.

For the rest of the day you will be throwing on an electric wheel. Everyone has their own wheel for the course which is limited to eight students. This enables the tutor to provide the one to one tuition and encouragement that will help you engage with this technique. The tutor will give helpful demonstrations throughout the day.

The aim of the course is for you to throw and trim approximately 6-8 pots using stoneware clays.

After the course the pots will need to be dried out, biscuit fired, glazed and then fired again. You can either enroll on a glazing day if you would like to glaze your own pots, or your pots can be glazed for you at the college. In both cases you will be contacted when your pots have been glazed fired and are ready for collection.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course including: all clay, glazing and firing costs

What students need to bring

  • Recommended reading: Throwing Pots by Phil Rogers (A & C Black) - not essential
  • Work apron - preferably cotton

Firing and Glazing options:

1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months.

2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing 4 weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months.

3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.

Tutors

Alison Sandeman

Alison Sandeman is a long-standing tutor at West Dean. She makes functional individual pieces in stoneware, porcelain and Raku. She has a special interest in outdoor firing techniques.

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