During the course particular attention is paid to the relationship between function and form, many practical points are also discussed and demonstrated. The pottery at the College provides the ideal environment for a week of creativity and the exchange of ideas. You will be able to explore and develop your own ideas and designs for wheel-made forms under the guidance of the tutor, who will assist with the challenges of the wheel and in particular focus on the relationship of form and function. The workshop will also include discussions and demonstrations on many practical points. Any problems you have met in your own studios or pottery classes will be covered.
You will have the use of your own wheel and a choice of three to four stoneware clays. An earthenware clay will also be available. The workshop is intended for those who have basic throwing skills including being able to centre clay on the wheel. Pots completed on the workshop are normally left at West Dean to be biscuit fired. You will have the option of returning to the College for a Glazing Day.
On the first evening of the course the group will meet to discuss their making plans and prepare for the week ahead. The tutor will assist with details relating to wheels, batts, clays, clay preparation, weights and sizes. You have the option of being able to use the pottery facilities until 10pm each subsequent evening of the course. You will also have the opportunity to watch slides and videos relating to throwing and turning on some of the evenings.
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, 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)
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.