Mon Adult Pottery Studio, 20:00 – 22:00 | 13 Jan – 30 Mar


In brief…

This is an 11 week long pottery course for adult learners, covering both hand building and throwing. It runs in the Spring Term 2020, from Monday 13th January through to Monday 30th March 2020 inclusive, with a break on Monday 17th February for half term. Each class is 2 hours long, from 8pm till 10pm.

Suitable for you?

The Monday Adult Pottery Studio course is open to anybody who wants to learn either basic skills in pottery and ceramics or build on their previous experience. This flexible approach allows the teachers to respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of learners who may want to explore a variety of specialist techniques. At the same time we offer a structured curriculum for those with no previous experience to make sure a good foundation is set for the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with clay as a creative medium.

Course Description

This course will cover hand building techniques, with opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel as well. Techniques taught include slab building, pinching, coiling, press moulding and throwing. We will also cover a variety of decorating techniques which include working with slips and glazes; including sgraffito, inlay, stamping, mono printing, slip trailing, wax resist and bubble glazing (!).

The course will lead you through a progression of short projects, each of which will introduce you to basic hand building and throwing techniques, culminating in the opportunity to complete an independent project. The techniques covered will be built upon week by week, with the aim of giving you the skill set necessary to confidently create work in clay and to give expression to your ideas.

Experienced learners joining the course are welcome to work on individual projects from the beginning and we are happy to support you in discovering and exploring new materials as well as developing and perfecting techniques to realise your projects.

The course also includes a technical component to help you gain a deeper understanding of the materials you are working with and the ceramic processes involved. Each class opens with a short demonstration aimed to provide you with some basic technical background knowledge, which will help you to understand how and why clay and glazes behave the way they do and how to best handle them to achieve the results you desire.

You will learn in a friendly and professional environment, in a beautiful secluded ground floor garden pottery and art studio, right in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush in West London. The teachers at Kite Studios are highly experienced and passionate, will guide you through the processes and be on hand at all times to answer questions.

The Monday Evening Pottery course is a wonderful way to unwind after a busy day, while also learning a new skill and giving expression to your creativity. We have free after hours on street parking, excellent public transport links and offer flexible attendance options for anyone with busy career schedules, shift work or childcare needs.

Included in the price

The fee for this course covers tuition and all materials. Shared tools, aprons and towels are provided. It does not include firing fees (please see below for details). We encourage everyone to practice, experiment, learn and enjoy!

Firing fees

There is a charge for firing additional to the course fee. This helps us to keep the course costs down. It also gives you the freedom to practice and experiment before you decide which pieces you would like to keep, whilst also doing your bit for the environment! 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. You can pay as you go or choose to pay at the end of each half term.

Try one class

At Kite Studios we offer the opportunity for everyone to try one class in a course to help you decide if you would like to go ahead and join us for the rest of the term. In this course the trial class is a self contained class, and will run on Monday 6th January 2020, the Monday before the course commences.

Who teaches the course

The course tutor is Emilia Radlinska.

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