Mon, 24 Jan | Creative Flamingo

Beginner's Ceramics Course - 5 & 8 week

Learn to pinch pots, coil jugs, slab build houses and throw pots on the wheel
Beginner's Ceramics Course - 5 & 8 week

Time & Location

24 Jan 2022, 18:30 GMT – 14 Mar 2022, 20:30 GMT
Creative Flamingo, Shelton New Rd, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6DS, UK

About the Event

Beginner's Ceramics Course. 

Join Emily at Creative Flamingo Studios for this exciting 8 week introduction into ceramics beginners course. 

You will learn all the fundimentals to handbuilding with clay as well as learning the basicis to throwing a bowl and learning to trim. You will experiment with textures and press moulds along with sculpting flowers and more. 

You will experiment with coloured slips, underglaze paints, oxides and a wide range of wonderful glazes. 

Each lesson will be planned out and Emily will demonstrate each week. We will then work together step by step. You will all get time on the wheel also, this will include learning to wedge your clay correctly, setting up and cleaning up your wheel along with how to centre clay and throw a bowl - you will trim your work also. We have three wheels in the studio so we will take it in turns each week. 

All of your work will be fired and you will decorate. You will have an array of work to take home with you. 

This course is perfect for those who have always wanted to try their hand to ceramic but haven't been sure where to start. This all rounder will have you fully equiped ready to tackle your own projects and have you bursting with ideas. 

Lessons may change depending how we are doing the week previous and how you are all feeling with everything - we are very chilled at Creative Flamingo and love to go with the flow :) 

Below is a rough guide on how the weeks will run

Week 1 - introduction into clay. Pinch potting, textures, joining clay together, cross hatching and using slip... Demo on the wheel, everyone to learn to wedge clay, 3 new potters to have a go on wheel. 

Week 2 -coiling-progressing on from pinch potting we will be working with coils to create form and shape and beautiful jugs.  trim pots on wheel.

Week 3 - slab building around cylinders - working with texture, adding handles to create mugs.. 3 new potters to go on wheel. 

Week 4 - slab building structures - making cottages/houses and tea light holders.. trim bowls on wheel... trim pots on wheel

Week 5 - start to experiment with underglaze, oxides and paints - all work will be bisque fired - perfect lesson to learn about adding colour and seeing your work transfor... Start to think of own projects if you waned to. If this is your last week you will be finishing your work. option to extend onto 8 weeks if you wished. 

Week 6 - own projects if you wished... Or Coiling large - learn to work big with coils, learning how to add darts if work starts to get out of hand. Create strawberry planters, buckets or pots... Working with terracotta/red clay. Learning to build big but making the most of your clay. Wheel time if you wished

Week 7 - working flat.. session to build 2d relief. you will design a plaque and then using textures, moulds, colour slips, paper resist and more you will bring it to life. Adding layers of clay whilst making sure not to trap air. 

Week 8 - finish off / paint and glaze. 

Start Date - 24th January 2022. 

End Date - Either 21st February 2022 or 14th March 2022 

can't make all the dates? don't worry, we can catch you up the lesson/s you miss

Time - 6:30pm-8:30pm

All of your work will be ready for you to collect 2 weeks after the final workshop. 

only 8 members in this class for social distaning, large desk pace each plus one on one training. 

Cost of 5 wek - - £130

Cost of 8 week course - £185

Includes tution, wheel time, all clay & painting/glazing materials and all firing of your work. 

You can either pay the full amount upon booking or pay a NON REFUNDABLE deposit and pay the rest of your fee at a later date - must of paid in full 14 days before the course is due to start. 

Any questions please do ask. 

CANCELLATION BY YOU: Should you need to cancel your booking your cancellation must be received in writing at least 14 days prior to the event. A full refund will be made of any fees paid. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROCESS A REFUND FOR CANCELLATIONS RECIEVED LESS THAN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT

COVID -  in the event of cancellation of the workshop due to Covid-19 you will be credited with a voucher that can be used for a future workshop of your choice.

CANCELLATION BY US:Should is be necessary for us to cancel an event due to unforseen circumstance you will be issued a full refund. 

  • Deposit
  • 5 Week Course
  • 8 Week Course

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