What you will do
The initial challenge of the course is to identify the shapes, patterns and images that figure most strongly in your imagination, and the aim of the course is to learn how to use clay to bring these to life.
You will learn the foundations of ceramics and glazes including composition, tool management, material preparation and modelling techniques producing a porcelain sculpture / statuette on a hand-built plinth in buff earthenware. The course is suitable for mixed abilities and no previous experience of pottery or ceramics is required. All materials are included.
Week 1 Slab rolling; Developing textures in clay; The class will conclude with refreshments providing an opportunity for students to get to know each other.
Week 2 Introduction to slip and the addition of oxides; Slab building continues; Demonstration of sprigging
Week 3 Demonstration of making a two-piece mould in fine plaster; Mould making
Week 4 Demonstration of slip casting; Completion of mould or begin slip casting
Week 5 Further casts; Fettling; Bisque firing
Week 6 Introduction to glazes; Application of glazes
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About your host, West London Art School
West London Art School believes that everyone has an artist inside them and our mission is to provide the best environment possible to help you to discover the artist within.
You will be supported throughout by one-to-one mentoring, guidance and evaluation from course tutors. All classes move at the pace of the students, are suitable for mixed-ability groups and for most courses, no previous experience is necessary. So whether you are an absolute beginner or an amateur or professional artist looking for like-minded company, at West London Art School we have the tutors, classes and facilities for you. We look forward to welcoming you.
We are located in Fulham SW6, minutes from Chelsea, Parsons Green, Putney and Kensington occupying St Oswalds Studios, late 19th century, purpose-built artist studios. For more than 125 years, St. Oswalds has accommodated renowned artists whose works are held in the collections of the National Gallery, Tate Britain, London Transport Museum and Guildford and Norwich Cathedrals.
All materials are provided - please wear suitable clothing! Week 1 Please bring drawings and/or images of things that interest you Week 2 Please bring in hand-sized objects of interest Week 3 Please bring in ‘simple’ objects to be cast in a mould
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.