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    Handbuilding and Surface Decoration - Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

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    This course runs over multiple days. Click here to see additional dates.

    Mon 13 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 20 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 27 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    This course will introduce students to the versatility of clay as a sculptural material. You will be supported in making through group demonstrations and one-to-one guidance.

    You will learn handbuilding skills from pinch pots, coil building, slab building, and creating texture using many different tools. You will also have the opportunity to add colour, imagery and surface pattern to your work using slip decorating techniques.

    No previous experience is necessary.

    Week 1 - Handbuilding

    Learning to wedge clay Handbuilding techniques - pinching, coiling

    Week 2 - Handbuilding/Surface Decoration

    Handbuilding techniques - slab building Creating surface textures with tools and found objects Finish a piece to be glazed in week 4

    Week 3 - Surface Decoration

    Slip decoration - painting, stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing

    Week 4 - Surface Decoration

    Glazing - Brushing/dipping/pouring/using wax resist

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    The course price includes 6 kg white earthenware clay, slip (5 colours), glaze (white and transparent), bisque and glaze firing. It is possible for students to purchase clay during the course. Additional clay will be charged at £4 per. kg of fired work. The scale of the work may be limited to insure all work fits into two kiln firings.

    Due to the time it takes for the clay to dry and be bisque fired, the tutors can glaze sculptures after the course. Students will be notified by email when their work is ready to collect. This may take up to a month depending on the workload.

    Work may be damaged during the firing process.

    Fun fact

    Did you know that ceramics can be found in watches, or more specifically, in the quartz tuning forks, which form the time keeping devices

    Dates & times

    Mon 6 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    + 3 additional classes

    Mon 13 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 20 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mon 27 Nov, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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    London Sculpture Workshop is the first, not-for-profit, community interest organisation, based in London, with exceptional facilities for artists and those interested in making work in 3D. Its workshop is right on the river by Thames Barrier and has incredible views of the Thames guiding lots of inspiration for 3D pieces. It offers a superbly equipped metal and wood workshop with additional mould making and ceramic areas.

    London Sculpture Workshop was established in 2012 by two founding members Giles Corby, MA (RCA) and Jessica Mello, MFA (Slade) and it also has a studio manager Melis van den Berg, MFA (Slade). They are all practicing artists’, bringing their own ideas and inspiration to the organisation, and between them, have 21 years of teaching experience.

    In 2013 and 2014 London Sculpture Workshop was awarded awarded a “Artist’s Run Space Award” by the Chelsea Arts Club Trust.


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