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Painting Academy Workshops - Summer 2017

Painting Academy Workshops are designed to teach simple but highly effective techniques for painting pottery or creating your own pieces from scratch with wet clay. Workshops typically are based around a specific projects, teaching different techniques or using specialist materials. Experience is not normally necessary for any of the Workshops.

Amazing Glazes Trio (Booking Closed)

Thursday 6 July 2017, 7pm - 9.30pm

Learn how to use specialised foundation glazes, fairy dust and crystal glazes to create these three stunning kitchen pieces. Design can be based on either a red or dark green/gold theme.  The bowl can be upgraded to a large kitchen bowl at an extra cost of £10.

The cost is £50 to include three items of bisque pottery (pictured), paints and speciality glazes, use of brushes, kiln firing and hot drink. (10% discount for Clay Friends members). The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced painters who want to explore different techniques and types of glazes. Booking and payment in advance is required as places are limited. Deadline for booking is 29 June 2017.



Sundays 9 and 23 July 11am to 2pm

Two hand building sessions plus one additional painting session at your convenience. (Adults only)

Learn how to create your unique handmade pottery pieces from wet clay using hand-building techniques. This Workshop teaches basic hand-building techniques to complete two fun projects:-

* Medium bowl - create a slump bowl using a slab roller.  Various options are available including embossed patterns use of rollers and stamps, use of press tools to create, indented patterns and raised flowers ,leaves, moon and stars, beach items, butterflies etc. Or simply create your own shape  and design.

*  Clock - using the one of our stock templates (or your own design or computer printout of a shape) make a lovely piece for your wall.  Using etching tools, press tools, different paints and glazes - you will have a timepiece to stun your friends and family.

Further Workshops will be available to develop your skills.

It is a fun and educational session and the techniques taught can be adapted for future hand-building projects in the Studio, No previous experience is necessary. The Workshop is aimed at adults only.

The first set of Workshops will teach you how to:

  • How to roll and wedge clay.
  • Create items from wet clay to form in this instance a unique bowl and working clock
  • Learn to use a slab roller.
  • Use shaping and cutting tools as well as essential techniques for working with wet clay.

Once the building has been completed, the pieces are left to dry out and then fired to bisque condition ready for painting during your second and third session. Should you require further painting sessions these are charged at £5*

*Complimentary for Clay Friends Members.

The cost is £45 inclusive of all materials, tea or coffee with biscuits, lunch and full tuition. (10% discount for Clay Friends members). Booking and payment in advance are essential. Please call 01202 475000 to reserve your place. Booking closes 2 July 2017.

(Minimum numbers for each session will apply)

Completed pieces from our Spring 2017 course

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