Thu Adult Pottery Studio (Trial Class) 09:30 – 12:00
This is a two and a half hour long, one-off trial class for the Thursday morning Adult Pottery Studio course in the Spring Term 2020. A trial class is seen as an introduction to the content that will be covered in the course over the term. It enables you to try one class in a course before you decide if you would like to commit to the rest of the term.
Only one trial class in this course is available per person per term. You can take a trial class at any point in the term, except in the final week of the course. It is not possible to attend this course on a drop in basis.
Suitable for you?
This class is suitable for adult learners; for beginners as well as those with experience in pottery and ceramics.
Times and Duration
This class is two and a half hours long and runs on Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 12noon. The Thursday Adult Pottery Studio course runs 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 can be found on our Term Timetaple (please see Term Time & Holidays link above).
Whether you are looking for a way to express your creativity, a relaxing passtime and opportunity to make functional or sculptural objects for your home or to give as gifts, come and join us! We also cater to anyone looking for professional development, experienced workers in the art and design industry wanting to explore clay as a medium and experienced ceramic artists.
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 Adult Pottery Studio course offers a flexible approach which 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.
The Thursday morning Adult Pottery Studio course covers hand building techniques and working on the potter’s wheel. Techniques include slab building, pinching, coiling, press moulding and throwing. We will also explore a variety of decorating techniques which include working with slips and glazes; including sgraffito, inlay, stamping, mono printing, slip trailing, wax resist and glazing.
Follow this link for more details about the course.
The trial class
Beginners attending the trial class can expect to make between two and four small cylinders (cups/beakers) or bowls on the pottery wheel or a few small hand built objects such as pinch pots, small bowls, a slab built cup, a few tiles, a tray, a coil built pot or a small sculpture. You are also welcome to propose short projects which are of interest to you. This is a very flexible class format and we are happy to accommodate you.
Working on the pottery wheel is a skill which it takes time for most people to learn, if you have had no prior experience. The main thing is to enjoy the process and the feel of the clay and to enliven your imagination and your life with a new experience!
Experienced learners 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. We are also happy to suggest a number of short projects which you could complete within the time alloted for the single class.
Practicing the art of pottery is a wonderful way to unwind, while also learning a new skill and giving expression to your creativity. The two and a half hour class duration allows you time to relax and get into the flow of working creatively.
We have excellent public transport links and all courses offer flexible attendance options for anyone with busy career schedules, shift work or childcare needs.
Included in the price
The fee for this one-off trial class includes tuition and all materials. Shared tools, aprons and towels are provided. It does not include firing fees (please see pricing below). We encourage everyone to practice, experiment, learn and enjoy!
If you join us for the rest of the course, please note that there is a charge for firing, which is additional to the cost of the class. This gives you the freedom to practice and experiment before you decide which pieces you would like to keep, whilst also helping us do our 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.
The nature of clay
When booking this class please be aware, that working with clay is a multi-step process, often requiring two or three sessions to bring your work to completion. If you unable to commit to the whole Thursday morning course, you may therefore need to attend one of the Pottery Studio drop in classes on Fridays (mornings or evenings) and/or a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session to complete your work. As an alternative, we also offer all inclusive packages, such as our Throw a Pot and Slip Decorate private workshop.
If you are unable to join us for the rest of the course to finish your work for yourself, we have a number of options for you, which you can choose and purchase at the end of your trial class:
BISQUE: £5 for up to two pieces.
Bisque (one firing) only. Turn your clay work into ceramics. We tidy the base of each pot, inscribe your name (thrown work) and fire it for you. Size restrictions apply. Ready to collect one month after your trial class. Bisqued work is ready to glaze. It can also be painted at home with acrylics or oils or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints.
BISQUE AND DIP GLAZE: £10 for up to two pieces
We tidy the base, inscribe your name (thrown work), bisque, dip in transparent glaze and glaze fire. Comes out beautiful, shiny and delicious. Food safe, oven safe and water proof. Ready to collect one month after your trial class.
DROP IN CLASS: £35 / £40 per person for 2/ 2.5 hour class
Attend one of our drop in Adult Pottery Studio classes. Available Monday mornings, Friday mornings and Friday evenings. Gives you the opportunity to tidy (trim) the bases of thrown work, make additions such as handles and decorate in colourful style with slips. Or if you have already opted for the bisque firing, this class can be used to glaze your work. Please book this class to occur one month after your trial class to give time for your work to dry and be bisqued.
INDEPENDENT WORKING: £15 per person per hour
Book an independent pottery session (experienced potters/ returning students only) . 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 independent pottery glaze and fire session. This booking must be at least one month after your trial class. Includes 10 minute glazing induction and use of a wide selection of colour glazes. For anyone who likes the flexibility of individual bookings or doesn’t need a whole two and a half hours to glaze their work. Flexible times and dates. Glaze fired work ready to collect one month later.
PRIVATE CLASS: From £45 per hour
We offer a range of bespoke classes where you can work with your own pottery teacher at a time and date to suit your schedule.
IMPORTANT: Please don’t leave after your trial class without telling your tutor which option you would like to opt for. Firings or extra classes must be paid for before you leave. We do not store damp, unfinished work unless you have paid for and specified what you would like to happen with your work next.
Who teaches the course
The course tutor is Akiko Matsuda.