Six session course
This short course is the perfect introduction to ceramics with such in-depth teaching that even experienced potters will find great new tips! The best course to start on if you have just caught the pottery bug or are looking for a more comprehensive grounding in technique.
Each week your tutor will lead you through a new technique in a short project. The course is varied, so you'll cover all the basics and discover your favourite methods to develop. By the end of the course you will have mugs, plates, bowls and sculptures to take home. Read on for more details of the projects:
Week 1: Pinching. Pinching is a very therapeutic technique, lovely for creating hand-sized vessels (bowls, cups, individual teapots) and a superb base for sculpture. It's also the ideal starting point for new potters to get a feel for handling and sculpting clay.
Week 2: Coiling. Coiling is possibly the most flexible ceramic technique - you can craft any shape, size or texture once you know the basics. Traditional techniques can be quite time-consuming, but your tutor will let you into some professional secrets for quick and easy coiling.
Week 3: Moulding a plate. This week will introduce you to slabbing - rolling out and shaping sheets of clay. Your first project will be making a plate using a plaster mould. You'll also start trying some different decorating techniques with slips - coloured liquid clays.
Week 4: Slabbing a cylinder. This class will give you a chance to make a more complex form with slabs: a cylinder shape which can be adapted for mugs, vases, pencil pots or oil burners. Slabbing is particularly satisfying for beginners, who are often surprised at how perfect their finished pieces are.
Week 5: Throwing & glazing. Roll up your sleeves! This is the week we introduce you to throwing on the wheel. Messy and compulsive, you'll be given one on one tuition to get you started on one of the more skilled technique in ceramics. Half of the class will be spent on wheel work, the other half will introduce you to finishing your work with glazes.
Week 6: Turning & finishing. More wheel time this week with the little sister of throwing: turning. Once your wheel made pieces have dried stiff, they go back on the wheel for trimming, much like a lathe. A tremendously satisfying technique, especially for turning those first wobbly pots, and rather easier than the actual throwing. You'll also have a chance to finish off any other pieces this week.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Odile Cadiot
Odile studied chemistry, but fell in love with pottery after trying some evening classes in Farnham. After learning to throw and run a studio by working with other artists, she decided to set up her own space in West London which she runs with her partner Kieran.
Their studio is in a beautiful old Victorian school building in Maida Vale which houses 150+ artists and creative makers. They've invented many of the tools, teaching aids and techniques they use at the studio and are constantly experimenting with new ideas and processes.
Odile works full time as a potter and pottery teacher. She also likes cooking and gardening because she can make the dishes...
The course is held in a dedicated ceramics studio with professional facilities and materials. It's a lovely, open, comfortable space in both winter and summer, and we never over-crowd the studio as we want to make sure everyone has the space and teaching time to relax and get good results. You'll have everything you need waiting for you here, including refreshments, lockers for your possessions and room to change. It's best to wear clothes you don't mind getting clay on (it washes out without difficulty) and trimming your nails makes the projects easier. Please note that, as each student will be making different work, the cost of materials is not included in the course fee and will be charged separately. The cost of the work you produce over six weeks is likely to be around £30.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.