Top 10 Best Ceramic Painting classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

Painting on ceramics isn't as straightforward as it may seem. It can be more complicated than other surfaces and to get it right you have to know what you are doing. Tution from professional potters is available should you wish to learn your craft.

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2. Make your own Wobbly Pot
The idea behind this kit is that you develop a creative project which you can return to in the evenings or throughout your working week. I make my pots in stages, they are never built in one-go. This way of working allows you to learn about the material qualities of clay and also understand how to work with it in the comfort of your own home. In the video which you will receive alongside the kit, I provide you with the information and techniques you require to make a wobbling, characterful pot. My tips and tricks are there as a guide, feel free to do your research and go off-piste! The beauty of the clay provided in this kit is that it requires no firing in a kiln. The air-drying clay behaves in the same way as regular clays, giving you a true introduction into the world of ceramics and the endless possibilities! If you have any specific questions about the clay which is in the kit, feel free to send me an email. Painting is an important aspect of my practice, which I hope to share with you. I draw inspiration from chosen artists within my work. I recommend that you have a think about who your artist ‘muse’ might be throughout your project. The purpose of this kit is to relax, switch off and enjoy the creative process. You never know, your wobbly pot might mark the beginnings of a future artistic career! Or for now, your pot will make a quirky addition to your mantelpiece...
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7. Five Weeks Hand-building Course
Enjoy relaxing evenings with clay in a fun class with lots of teacher support. On this five weeks hand-building course you will learn to make forms using hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling and building with clay slabs. These techniques involve the manipulation of clay to create both homeware or sculptural forms. Explore decorative finishes such as sgraffito or the Japanese art of Nerikomi. You get to keep your best five pieces for firing and glazing. Week One - On week one, you will be introduced to the basics of hand-building and shown different techniques to manipulate clay, using your hands. These techniques include pinching, coiling and building with slabs of clay. The teacher will show you examples of the kinds of pots and forms that can be made and help you choose a project to work on, if you don’t already have something in mind. Week Two - On week two you can build on the knowledge gained in week one to make a more complex form, incorporating more than one hand building technique. Alternatively, you can continue working on the piece or pieces started on week one. You will be shown how to use the clay extruder to make handles or perhaps you want to try a lid for your pot or maybe adapt what you have learned to try a sculptural form. Week Three - On week three, we will look at surface decoration and mark making. If you want to try sgraffito, a technique of drawing, or scratching, through layers of coloured slip painted onto your pot (creating strong, rich patterns), then now is the time. Alternatively, if you want to continue working on the project started in week two, this is also possible. Week Four - On week four, we will look at the art of Nerikomi. This will involve using two different coloured clays to create patterns on clay slabs which will then be draped over a hump mould to make a beautiful plate. A little knowledge about Nerikomi goes a long way and is guaranteed, once grasped, to make a stunning piece. Week Five - Week five is dedicated to glazing your work. You will have the opportunity to glaze your work from an extensive range of different glaze colours. Once they have been dipped in glaze, your pieces will be fired in the kiln, ready for collection in one or two weeks. What you will learn: Pinching Coiling Slab building Sgraffito Nerikomi
Next available date:23rd September 2022
10. Fine Porcelain Painting Course
This is a 4 week course were you will learn the techniques of the fine art of decorating porcelain. By learning the complex, traditional European way of hand painting you gain the skills and techniques which you can use to decorate anything in pottery world. After firing on 800 degrees the motives sink into the glaze, making it permanent. First session : about the materials, mixing colors (China paints are in powder form, you have to mix it with a painting medium), learn the basic brush strokes, creating simple designs. Second session : refreshing the basics, and moving on to the more complex patterns. It is the start of layers on top of one another, creating a 3D effect. Painting the first layer, the base. The nature of painting medium is to evaporate, and by giving time for the first layer to properly dry, you ensure that it could be applied the second and third layer securely later. Also the occasion where we design your own plate and you start to paint a piece which will be yours to keep. Third session: Second layer of the pattern, fine outlines. Using different type of brushes, adding a beautiful definition to the patterns. Exciting development, slow, focused process. During the final session you will do step 3, called shadows. This is the session where you complete your own design, on a hand made bone china plate. After firing its yours to take home, which could be arranged within a week time after you complete the course. The classes are small (max. 3 people), to ensure you get proper attention and help from Erika to develop the techniques.

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