Embrace the location of West Dean Gardens, as you learn how to use drawing to develop designs for simple slab built ceramic platters and bowls. You will be guided to gather visual information and ideas using note-taking and drawing.
You will also experiment with and practise the use of various mark-making techniques for use with tonal and coloured slips: relief embossing with lino; hand-cut paper stencils; stamping using hand-cut and found items; sgraffito drawing. You will be encouraged to find a combination of techniques that appeals to you. Using your drawings and tests, you will progress to a series of simple hand-built forms, followed by a longer study to develop ideas, using drawn and relief representations of landscape in clay.
There will be short practical demonstrations for each technique used and group discussions, to encourage the generation of ideas and problem-solving. Individual practical instruction and support will be tailored to your needs as the project develops.Techniques covered will include clay slab rolling and hand-building; painting with multiple layers of slips; making hand-cut stencils and stamps, simple lino cutting; use of texture; producing a good finish on rims and feet.
Materials used will be pencil and crayons, graphite sticks or sharpies for drawing, (plus a camera if wanted); white earthenware clay mixed with Earthstone ES40 and coloured slips.
By the end of the course, you will have completed a major hand-built ceramic piece – a large platter or bowl, or a non-functional piece, which represents your ideas about the local landscape. Pieces will be finished to leather-hard stage and can be left at West Dean College, or taken home for glazing and firing.
On the first evening, there will be a presentation about the use of drawing and landscape in ceramics, and a discussion about the timing of the various aspects of the course. Weather permitting, the second day will start with a short walk in West Dean Gardens with note-taking and quick sketches. Please bring appropriate clothing.
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)