Fri Adult Open Access Pottery Studio (Drop in Class) 09:30 – 12:00
This is a single drop in pottery class in the Friday morning Open Access Adult Pottery Studio running in the Spring Term 2020. It is suitable for adult learners.
This class is for beginners as well as anyone with experience in pottery and ceramics. An experienced teacher is available during the class to help with your project, or a project can be set which suits the number of classes you can attend in the term.
Times and Duration
Each session is 2.5 hours long. This Adult Pottery Studio runs on Friday mornings from 9:30am till 12noon during term time. Classes in the Open Access Pottery Studio are available for booking during the school term. Each term is typically between 10 and 13 weeks long. There is a one week break at half term. The schedule is available on our term timetable (please see the Term Time & Holidays link above). Please book on a class by class basis.
The Friday morning Adult Pottery Studio is designed to provide a relaxed environment in which the tutors respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of the learners. This is a creative space in which you can pursue learning the craft and art of clay at your own pace. You may choose to engage with short projects chosen to teach you a range of basic techniques, or pursue a project of your own with professional support from the tutor.
Techniques taught include slab building, pinching, coiling, press moulding and throwing (working on the potter’s wheel). We can also cover a variety of decorating techniques which include working with slips and glazes; including sgraffito, inlay, stamping, mono printing, slip trailing, painting, dipping, wax resist and maybe even bubble glazing.
Included in the price
The price of this class includes all your material costs (clay, slips and glazes). Shared tools, aprons and towels are also provided. You are welcome to bring in specialist clays and glazes provided that they are suitable for the earthenware firings we offer. Firing fees are not included.
There is a charge for firing, which is additional to the cost of each class. This helps us to keep the per-class cost down. It gives you the freedom to practice and experiment as much as you like before you decide which pieces you want to keep, whilst also doing our bit for the environment! For anyone planning on attending multiple sessions, the charge is £1 per 100g of weight of your finished work. This price includes both the bisque and the glaze firings. Our firing fees are not for profit. The work is weighed before the first firing. Firing fees can be paid at your class by cash or card.
The nature of clay…
When booking this class, please be aware that working with clay is a multi-step process. While small hand built pieces, such as pinch pots or small sculptures, can be finished in one session, if you want to keep the work, it is best to have it fired.
If you would like to glaze it and have it glaze fired you will need to book a second class. Ceramic work doesn’t necessarily need to be glazed. Firing will keep it from crumbling away or turning back into mushy clay if some water gets on it. Fired work can also be painted with acrylics or oils, and sprayed with a water repelling spray. Or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints are widely available from art suppliers. But if you want it completely water proof and food safe, glazing is the best way to go.
Wheel thrown work often requires three sessions – one to make it, the second to trim (tidy the base), decorate it and make any additions, such as handles, and the third to glaze it.
If you can’t come back for another drop in class to finish your work for yourself, we have a number of options for you:
BISQUE: £5 for up to two pieces.
Bisque (one firing) only. Turn your clay work into ceramics. We tidy the bases of thrown work, inscribe your initials or name, dry and fire it for you. Size restrictions apply. Bisqued work is ready for glazing. It can also be painted with acrylics, oils or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints.
BISQUE AND DIP GLAZE: £10 for up to two pieces.
We tidy the bases of thrown pieces, inscribe your name or initials, bisque, dip in transparent glaze and glaze fire. Comes out beautiful, shiny and delicious. Food safe, oven safe and water proof. Size restrictions apply.
WORK INDEPENDENTLY: £15 per person per hour .
Book an Independent Pottery session (experienced potters/ experienced returning students only) . The next best thing to having your own studio. This session does not include teaching and you must complete an induction at your first session. Flexible times and dates.
INDEPENDENT GLAZING: £15 per person per hour.
If you have opted for the £5 bisque firing, book an Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session for one month after the class in which you made the work. Includes 10 minute glazing induction and use of a wide range of brightly coloured glazes. For anyone who needs flexibility and/ or doesn’t need a whole two and a half hours to glaze their work. Flexible times and dates.
DROP IN CLASS: £35 – £40 for 2 / 2.5 hour class.
When will my work be ready?
If you have paid for firing, your work will be ready to collect one month after the drop in class, and will be stored in our studio for no longer than three months after the class date.
You will be issued with an ID number. Please be sure to contact us when one month has elapsed and quote your ID number. Unfortunately, due to the administrative load of this task, we will not be contating you when your work has been fired, or when the storage time period has elapsed. You are welcome to contact us at any time, and if you quote your ID number, we will be able to check for you if your work has been fired.
If you have paid for bisque firing only (£5 option) and would like to come back for a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session, you can book this for one month after your drop in class. Please also put your ID number in the notes field when booking online. That way we can have your work waiting for you when you come in.
Who teaches the class
These open access classes are taught and supported by Davide Genovese