Porcelain is one of the finest clays in ceramics. It has a long history and continues to evolve into contemporary times. The tutor is a ceramicist who specialises in using porcelain and will give an insight into the way to work with this material. For potters with existing skills in making wheel-thrown pots, this course will show you how to throw porcelain on the wheel and overcome some of its challenges.
The first evening will be an introduction to the tutor’s work, a discussion of the aims and objectives and an opportunity to look at porcelain items brought in by the tutor.
On the first full day, we will start with clay preparation (kneading and wedging) and a throwing demonstration. You will be shown a number of techniques throughout the day and given one-to-one tuition and encouragement to build confidence.
On the second day, we will cover finishing processes of turning, as well as how to make handles and adapt forms made on the wheel.
The final day offers time for further throwing practice for those who wish it and/or completion of pieces. The session will end with a group discussion and review of the work.
You will have use of a wheel throughout. You are likely to finish the course with six to eight pieces. Due to the challenging nature of the material, this course is for those who have previously completed a beginners’ throwing course and have experience of the throwing technique.
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 is a ceramicist specialising in wheel-thrown, functional and non-functional objects in porcelain. She has taught at all levels, including undergraduates, for 15 years and is a respected practitioner, a member of the Craft Potters' Association and regular contributor to Ceramic Review Magazine.
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