Mon Adult Pottery Studio (Drop in Class) 10:30 – 12:30
This is a single drop in pottery class in the Monday morning 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. You are welcome to attend this Adult Pottery Studio as suits your schedule. 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 class is two hours long. This Adult Pottery Studio runs on Monday mornings from 10:30am till 12:30pm during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. 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 Monday morning Adult Pottery Studio is designed to provide a relaxed environment in which the teachers 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 teacher.
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. 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 class price. This system helps us to keep the tuition costs down, at the same time giving 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! For anyone planning on attending multiple classes, 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 paints are available from some art suppliers as well). 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:
£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.
£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.
£15 per person per hour .
Book an Independent Pottery session (experienced potters/ experienced returning students only) . This session does not include teaching and you must complete an Induction at your first session. Flexible times and dates.
£15 per person per hour.
If you have opted for the £5 bisque firing, book a 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.
£35/£40 per person for 2/2.5 hour drop in 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
Monday morning Adult Pottery Studio classes are taught by Akiko Matsuda.