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

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7. Pottery, Clay & Leaves - Make A Beautiful Unique Leaf Platter
Create Beautiful Pottery With Clay & Leaves! Have you always wanted to make something you can be really proud of with clay? Maybe you are a complete beginner or have never touched clay, but want to have a go. Or maybe you have good skills in crafting and have completed some pottery classes but want to expand your skills? Would you like to create something in clay that not only looks professional but also gives off the most beautiful healing energies from nature? Not only will YOU benefit from the healing properties of clay and nature, you can harness this in the piece you make, so others who use it can benefit! This course is different to other pottery classes, it combines my 30+ years of experience in ceramics with my knowledge as a holistic therapist. I will give you simple step by step instructions to make a beautiful, professionally crafted pottery leaf plate or platter. I will be your guide and teacher every step of the way, giving you tips which I gained during my ceramics degree many years ago and my experience as a professional potter. My pottery has been on national TV in the UK on the 'Great British Menu' and used by Executive Head Chef Niall Keating (winner of the show). I have exhibited and sold my ceramics at Blenheim Palace Flower Show, The Royal Horticultural Show in Malvern (UK) and with Celebrating Ceramics, Craft in Focus. My ceramics inspired by nature has also been on the ITV show with Alan Titchmarsh 'Love Your Weekend' where I discuss the healing properties of working with clay and nature. I have taught both young children, GCSE students and adults. With this enriched knowledge, I now bring you this course because I want to give YOU the skills to produce beautiful nature inspired pottery. WHO THIS COURES IS FOR: You may have never touched clay before, but want to have a go!You may have had some pottery classes but want to learn a new hand-building skill to add to your portfolio...You may want to create with your children and have fun foraging leaves to use in the process...You may want to make something really beautiful and professional as a gift for a loved one...You may need to start a hobby that will bring you inner calm and reduce anxiety...You may even want to challenge yourself and see if you can copy the pottery on my website 'ceramics inspired by nature' and make it better than me! You are in the right place...I would like to share with you all the knowledge and tips I have collated over 30+ years so you can by-pass some of the pitfalls of ceramics and pottery. I will give you the resources so you can copy not just my making techniques but also so you can use the same glaze finish. WHAT YOU WILL GAIN: The goal is for you to enjoy creating with clay, to feel calmer as you do so and gain in skills and knowledge. I want you to be really proud of what you create alongside me and learn how to infuse healing energy into your pottery! PREPARATION: I will share a list of materials & tools in the preview section of the course so you can purchase them in readiness or to help you decide in advance, if the course is suitable for you. Some of these will be household items saving you money. I will give you an overview of what clay is and it's different states (levels of dryness or chemical transformation), so you can work most effectively. I will explain about the different types of clay and how to match functionality with clay type and glaze finish. I will give an overview about how to use oxides, underglaze, glaze and lustres. I will show you which type of leaves lend themselves best to creating with clay in preparation for your own leaf collection (foraging). MAKING: I will demonstrate how to knead and prepare your clay to remove air bubbles. I will show you how to roll your clay out using a rolling pin and share tips about how to avoid cracks and warping later on. I will show you how to press your leaf into your clay and cut around the shape in a professional neat way. I will demonstrate how to 'pull' a handle of clay and twist it to create a 'vine' like handle for your platter or plate. GLAZING DECORATION: I will show you how to mix oxide and apply it to biscuit ware (fired clay). I will demonstrate how to pour glaze over your leaf plate or platter when using small quantities of glaze. I invite you on a journey of creativity and healing. I do so hope you join me :-) Sonya X Please note: you will need access to an electric kiln which can fire stoneware temperatures (1250-1260 degrees centigrade) in order to complete this project successfully. You may be able to use someone else's kiln for a small charge of money if you don't own your own or approach a local art collage to use their kilns.
8. 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...
13. Paint-a-Plate: design a unique large glazed pottery platter
Create a distinctive new centrepiece for your dinner table, a decorative plate to hang on your wall, or a unique gift for a special occasion. This class is an easy and fun combination of creative expression and learning the basics of ceramic glazing techniques, understanding how they change in the kiln to create vibrant and exciting new colours and textures. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CLASS? 1) Come to our cosy and light-filled studio in Central London (SE1), 10 min from London Bridge / 3 min from Borough Station. 2) Create your own design for the plate, sketch it first on paper. It can be abstract🟣 , still life🍄 , crazy portrait 👩‍🦱 or even a picture of your dog🐶 ! You can use your own design or get inspired from the examples provided. 3) Learn about pottery glazes: from the chemistry basics, to various glazing application techniques. There will be a glazing, mark-making and painting demonstration: Here you will be shown the 3 basic steps to creating your own glazed ceramic platter. 4) You will transfer your design to a large (33cm) pottery dish and paint it with real ceramic glazes. (not ceramic paints like in pottery cafes!). The results will be unexpected with a water-colour like effect, but always stunning! 5) Pick up your piece in a weeks time (or we can deliver it to you for a fee) and enjoy your design with oozy glazes and vibrant colours. FIRED WORKS PICK-UP/DELIVERY Your work will need to dry and be fired by our technician in the following week before it is ready for pick-up. You will be given several pickup slot options at the end of your class. We will provide sustainable bubble wrap options but please bring bags or boxes for transportation. Each student is responsible for packing their own work. We also offer the option for posting your works within the UK with an added cost of £25.00 to be made upfront. While we will take care in packaging your works responsibly we are not liable for any breakages or losses that may occur in the postage process.
Next available date:3rd July 2022
KIDS CLAY CLASS FOR 7 - 13 year olds Come join us in the heart of Hackney Wick for this fun and messy clay class for kids! In this 2 hour workshop we will play clay games and have messy fun exploring this tactile and mucky making. This workshop is perfect for kids who love drawing, painting and making and are ready to explore and have fun with a new, 3D material! The workshop is very relaxed and fun, valuing process over product and most importantly having fun making with clay! There will some clay games and challenges and then expert guidance on how to hand build a pot using the ancient coiling buiding technique with fab tutoring on how to personalise the form and funky and fun decorations to suit each child's interests and passions. This workshop is hosted in our arts community warehouse surrounded by our exciting artists' studios and local makers shop! There is lots to look at and it's an exciting ever changing space. We will use air dry clay which means that you can take your masterpieces home with you right away or leave them to dry with us, and collect them the week after! This workshop is led by artist and art educator Cecily Loveys Jervoise. Cecily is a foraged clay ceramic artist whose work focuses on connecting to the natural world through slow looking and tactility. She believes in process over product, encouraging experimentation and collaboration. This workshop is hosted by Hackney Wick Underground, a community-run arts project space situated in a warehouse in the heart of Hackney Wick. We are a home for artists and makers with studios, wood workshop, screen printing studio, art education and much more. The workshop will be hosted in our main hall surrounded by artists’ studios and our local maker’s shop. We reserve a limited number of tickets for people on low income, please contact us directly to access these with no questions asked on Address: Hackney Wick Underground, 66-78 White Post Ln, London E9 5EN (if you can't find us search DOH, White Post Lane on Google Maps and we share our building with them!) Please arrive 5 mins early if you'd like to grab a snack/drink at DOH Bakery before we begin. Dress for mess! A Civic Classroom initiative from Civic State.
Next available date:29th July 2022

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