What you will do
3 hour workshop
On this throwing workshop, you will learn a little about the properties of clay and the importance of wedging. You will also learn how to centre, open and pull up the walls of your pot. This is an opportunity to experience studio life and practice in a comfortable learning space. There will be a maximum of seven people on this class and each person will have their own dedicated wheel for the entire length of the workshop.
This workshop is for individuals who want more than just a taste of sitting at a throwing wheel. It involves intensive teaching and practice. At the end of the workshop you will choose your best piece or pot to keep. Two days after the workshop, your pot will be turned (trimmed) on the wheel for you. It will also be checked for flaws and where possible will be repaired. Your pot will then be put on a shelf to dry for several days. Once dry it will be ready for it’s first bisque firing in the kiln. After the bisque fire, your pot will be glazed and once again put through the kiln, but this time for the final glaze firing.
As you can see, your workshop making experience is only a small part of a much, much longer and very labour intensive process. Turning (trimming and shaping your pot on the wheel) and glazing are all part of the making process and just as important as throwing on the wheel.
The firing of your pot, twice in the kiln, to temperatures in excess of 1000 centigrade means that the process of transforming your pot from unfired clay to a ceramic piece consumes a lot of energy. In other words there is a very high energy footprint to the process. The onus of being energy efficient and responsible lies with both the pottery and it’s clientele. Because of the high energy footprint of the firing process and because clay is a non-renewable resource, we ask that workshop participants only put items through the kiln that they actually want to keep and which they will collect. Many of the pots remain uncollected! Please help us to be as energy efficient as possible by being mindful and only putting one item through to firing which you both want to keep and will collect.
When your work is ready for collection, usually two or three weeks after the class, you will be able to collect your pieces!
Due to limited shelf and storage space, pots or work that remain uncollected one month after notification will (sadly) be disposed of.
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About your host, Sak Beh Pottery
Sak Beh Studio Pottery was founded by Tessa Robinson, who lives and works in London. Her idea was to create a comfortable, homey place to work and be creative. Situated in a very busy and central location, just off Stoke Newington High Street, the studio is a drop of calm in a very fast moving world.
Tessa trained in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture (modelling in clay). On completion of a three year Post Graduate Course at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tessa set up a studio in Hackney. The transition from sculptor to potter came many years later whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology at UCL. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, Tessa moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, she set up Sak Beh Pottery and is now a full-time potter and maker.
Tessa's works are informed by both her Fine Art training and her research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase 'Sak Beh' can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path or road as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.
Working with clay can be very messy, so it is worth bearing this in mind when choosing what to wear.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.