You will be taken through a step-by-step process to create a set shape, as well as developing your own forms. The tutor will demonstrate how she works with wheel-thrown porcelain components and hollow forms to create large or unusual shaped vessels. This will involve throwing smaller pieces that can then be constructed into a larger form. It will encourage you to start to evolve your creativity, using the wheel as a tool to make either functional or sculptural shapes in porcelain.
The beauty of working in this way is in giving you a method for making pieces that are larger than the maximum weight of clay you can throw in one go for both functional and sculptural forms.
By the end of the course, you will have a grounding of skills to continue to make large vessels or sculpture, and have at least one item finished and ready for firing. The tutor will offer a format based on a vessel shape for you to follow. If there is a specific shape you would like to consider, in the context of this course, please get in touch with the tutor ahead of the class to discuss it.
You must have spent some time throwing prior to the course, but you do not need to be at an advanced level. It will help to be able to centre the clay and have some confidence pulling up the clay, but anything you make can be adapted to take into account your skill level.
Everyone will have the use of their own wheel throughout the course.
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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