Coiling has been used as a method for building pots small and large for thousands of years, and is used by some of the best known contemporary makers in the UK such as Grayson Perry, Kate Malone and Dame Magdalene Odundo. It is a method which can be adapted to make sculpture, both abstract or representational. This course is ideal for mixed abilities; for complete beginners, or for improvers wishing to enhance their skills or find an opportunity to increase scale using the clay working facilities available at West Dean.
Jo is an experienced tutor who will demonstrate techniques and discuss your individual aims so that you can choose an approach that suits you best and work to your own personal goals. The making process will cover design decisions and construction with focus on form, functionality, scale and decoration. You will complete several pieces as works are made in tandem, which allows one to dry a little whilst another is being worked on.
You will be able to experiment with a number of decorative techniques using sprigs and coloured slips and your work will be fired and clear glazed for you by the technician (if required).
The learning aim is to progress your skills and complete a group of functional or decorative works with expert guidance. The other aim is to enjoy the process, atmosphere and learning!
During the first evening, the group will meet and the tutor will introduce the course and inspire you with a presentation; the first day will focus on design and construction; the second on further construction and decorative techniques; the third on completing decoration before finishing at 3pm.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jo studied at Bath Spa University gaining Ceramics BA, MA & teacher training qualifications. An experienced tutor, Jo regularly teaches from beginners to MA students. A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, her work is exhibited internationally in shows such as COLLECT at the Saatchi gallery.
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