Often referred to as ‘white gold’, porcelain is sumptuous white clay that has a beautiful translucent quality when fired to a high temperature. This course provides an excellent opportunity for you to experience working (throwing) on the potter's wheel using porcelain clay. Due to the challenging nature of the material, this course is better suited to those who have previously completed a beginners' throwing course or have experience of the throwing technique.
The focus of this course is to work in the spirit of Louisa's practice, which is influenced by historical dining vessels. The first evening will start with an introductory talk about Louisa's practice, followed by a brief overview of porcelain and the throwing technique which takes inspiration from this, you are shown a number of techniques including how to make handles and surface embellishments.
The first full day starts 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 you will cover the finishing processes of turning, as well as how to make handles and surface embellishments.
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.
The course is limited to eight students with each having the use of a wheel for the whole weekend. You are likely to finish the course with six to eight pieces.
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)
Louisa Taylor studied an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA, London (2004-2006). She is based in Brighton where she produces her ceramic tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and a member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts.