Make your own geometric vases and ceramic boxes, August 26-28 2017

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Make your own geometric vases and ceramic boxes, August 26-28 2017

from 199.00

Saturday August 26 2017, 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Sunday August 27, 10.15 am - 5.30 pm

Monday August 28, 10.15 am - 2.15 pm

 

You will make your choice of flat sided forms using hard slabs, these could be trays, lidded boxes, vases etc. We will be looking at shapes, proportions, rims, joints, textures, lids, feet and hangers as well as thinking about what makes a 'set'. The main techniques will be working with paper templates and hard slabs that are cut and joined, with the option of impressed textures.

Intermediates can stretch themselves by trying more complex designs or a set with more pieces. You may also like to try some 'kurinuki' style carving of leather hard clay.

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Welcome to the geometric forms course. It is designed to be suitable for beginners and intermediates so I will demonstrate key techniques to the group as well as 1:1 time with each person to help them improve their skills.

You will make your choice of flat sided forms using hard slabs, these could be trays, lidded boxes, vases etc. We will be looking at shapes, proportions, rims, joints, textures, lids, feet and hangers as well as thinking about what makes a 'set'. The main techniques will be working with paper templates and hard slabs that are cut and joined, with the option of impressed textures.

Intermediates can stretch themselves by trying more complex designs or a set with more pieces. You may also like to try some 'kurinuki' style carving of leather hard clay.

Most of all I hope you will enjoy your time making with clay in the studio and feel inspired.

Overview

Exact timings may vary on the day, but over the weekend I aim to cover the following:

NB, this is a 12 hour workshop spread over 3 days to allow time for your slabs to dry to the right degree of rigidity. Lunch is only provided on the Sunday and Monday.

Saturday

2.30 - 2.45

Arrive. Tea & coffee

2.45 - 5.00

Introductions, health & safety, course overview

Clay preparation

Working with slabs

5.00 - 5.30

Review day, discuss design ideas

Questions

Cleaning up

 

Sunday

10.15

Arrive. Tea & coffee

10.30 - 1.00

Designing forms and making templates

Working with textures

Cutting

1.00 - 2.00

Lunch (provided)

2.00 - 3.30

Joints

3.30 - 4.00

Tea & coffee

workshop open if you want to continue

4.00 - 5.00

Work continues

Preparing any additional slabs or blocks needed

5.00 - 5.30

Review day, discuss design ideas

Questions

Cleaning up

 

Monday

10.15

Arrive. Tea & coffee

10.30 - 1.00

Sealing joints

Finishing your pieces

1.00 - 1.30

Questions

Next steps

Cleaning up

1.30 - 2.15

Lunch (provided)

Preparation

To get the most out of your workshop you may find it interesting to look at examples of the type of form we are making and perhaps bring along photos of examples you particularly like. Once you start making you will discover the endless decisions to be made about width, height, angle, curve, proportion etc and it can be helpful to have some reference to what sort of shapes appeal to you.

You may like to browse my pinterest boards for ideas: https://uk.pinterest.com/janesarre/

We will be working with textures. Please bring along some textured items to experiment with. Anything fairly flat such as fabric, textured wallpaper, leaves etc can be pressed into a clay surface successfully. Small items including hardware, pasta shapes, pen ends, toys or jewellery can also be used to stamp motifs or repeat designs. Bring along whatever you can find and have some fun experimenting.

On the day

  • We will be starting promptly so please try to arrive in good time so you have time to settle & get ready. If you are going to be late, don't worry I will help you catch up, but we will be wondering where you are so please text me if you can, the number is below. If you are unable to attend part of a day for some reason please just let me know so I can help you catch up.

  • I will have a plan of what I want to show you, and what you will be doing each session, but if anything is not clear at any time please do just ask. The most important thing is that you get something out of the time, so if it all gets a bit mystifying or is not working for you for any reason please let me know so that we can try and find a way to improve it for you. If you have a particular form you want to make that is different to what I suggest you are very welcome to do so and I will do my best to support you with it.

     

Finishing your work

At the end of the workshop you will have a chance to review your work and decide which pieces you want to keep. I will then glaze and fire these pieces for you. I will then pack them up and post them to you.

  • Your fee includes the costs for

    • 5kg of clay

    • Bisc firing

    • Glaze materials

    • My time to glaze your work

    • Glaze firing

    • Packaging

    • Postage

  • There will be an additional charge of 85p/100g of additional weight that you choose to have fired.

Please make sure your selected pieces are clearly marked with your initials, the course start date, and the selected glaze code.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

 

Terms & conditions

Please see general pre-course notes for details of arriving, what to bring, cancellations etc.