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This Saturday morning Ceramics course gives students a chance to delve a little deeper in to the wonderful world of clay. With a longer set of lessons than the regular 4 week block that we offer at Hills Road, students will learn a range of processes in the first 4 weeks and be able to put them in to practice and perfect them more in the following 4 weeks. We will also be able to gain a better understanding of surface decoration and learn from experiments and results from the kiln.
The course is fairly flexible for you to build pieces that you need or want in your home, garden or to give as gifts. A lesson and demonstration will be given to beginners to start the lesson, then individual attention given to each student to help progress their chosen projects.
Students should approach the course with some ideas of things they would like to make in mind. Some sketched ideas will put you in a good position to achieve your expectations of the course, no matter how basic the drawings may be. Pinterest is a great place to start and we also have a Hills Road Ceramics Facebook page for you to follow (Search "Ceramics at Hills Road"). If you would rather bring some print-outs of ceramic work that you like, this is also fine.
Total beginners are very welcome and will be guided through various techniques including pinch, coil and slab building techniques. Surface decoration will also be examined. Several electric potters wheels are available in the studio for students to use, as well as an extensive range of glazes. Learning through controlled experimentation is encouraged.
More advanced students are free to work on projects of their own, and are encouraged to ask for help and advice when needed.
We offer a great, focused and friendly environment to expand your knowledge and confidence in Ceramics. The work will be available for you to collect after the course has finished and it has been finally fired in the kiln.
Please make sure you bring a notebook and a pen (preferably a felt tip as ballpoints tend to get clogged with the clay dust), so you can write down the steps you take, if you wish to progress with this discipline.