Classes & Courses

Members can post details of classes, courses or workshops they are offering here. It's a great way to get the information out to other members and can prove invaluable for new potters and new members to help get their pottery journey started.

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  • Andrew Appleby: Wheel throwing masterclass "Ceramics Tai Chi" Posted on by Alex Gunn

    ANDREW APPLEBY

    Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop will be hosting legendary Orkney potter Andrew Appleby for a weeklong throwing course in December, giving you a unique insight into the techniques and processes he has mastered over time.

    Andrew produces a distinctive range of hand-thrown ceramics at Fursbreck Pottery and draws inspiration from the ruggedly beautiful Orcadian landscape and its rich mythology. This is reflected in the form and surface of Andrew’s creations which range from tea pots, jugs, mugs, beakers and goblets.

    Andrew is also a specialist in Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery reconstruction using experimental archaeology techniques and will give a short talk during the week about his research and findings.

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    Ceramic Ti Chi. (Level 1)

    Morning group 09.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

    Course dates: Monday December 2nd – Friday December 6th

    Andrew will teach an intensive five days of throwing skills with the last two days dedicated to selecting and decorating the best of your work. Working with Andrew will  push your understanding and technical ability of throwing for production.

    During the week each student will learn skills of efficiency in time, space and movement while throwing and practicing in the studio.

    Andrew believes that throwing is a skill in body movement and positioning and will be focusing on repetition throwing to build your confidence and muscle memory.

    Towards the end of the course Andrew will concentrate on various turning methods and sharing his rich knowledge of ‘speed’ decoration.

    This course in aimed at students who understand the basics of throwing but wish to further develop their skills.

    Each student will work towards making two refined final pieces which can be glazed at a later date.

    PRICE: £240 external

    Clay and slip provided. You may glaze 2 selected pots after the course at a separate date.

    The classes take place in central Edinburgh

    e mail: alex@edinburghdesignschool.co.uk

     

    (Level 2) Second Step in Ceramic Ti Chi.

    Afternoon group 14.00 a.m. to 17.30 p.m.

    Course dates: Monday December 2nd – Friday December 6th

    Orkney potter Andrew Appleby

    This course is aimed at more confident throwers who wish to and refine their skills not only on the wheel but also at the decoration stage.

    Andrew will teach an intensive five days of throwing skills with the last two days dedicated to selecting and decorating the best of your work.  Andrew works with each maker individually but within a group dynamic so he will push your understanding and technical ability of throwing for production.

    Over the course of the week he will be demonstrating and sharing his knowledge on wheel decoration, including the use of chucks and collars while turning and chattered decoration.

    Towards the end of the course Andrew will also be demonstrating many applied decoration techniques including wax resist slipware, mocha ware, sgraffito and inlaying oxides. You will have the opportunity to work with Andrew’s collection of moulds and will be looking at methods of applying to ceramic surface with sprigs and applied seals.

    Each student will work towards making two refined final pieces.

    PRICE: £240 with clay and slip provided.

    You can glaze 2 selected pots after the course at a separate date.

    Classes take place in central Edinburgh

    email:alex@edinburghdesignschool.co.uk

    Updated on 24/10/2019 21:09:00 by Alex Gunn

  • Functional pots: wheelthrown and handbuilt Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    This five week evening class, run by both Fiona and Chris, is suitable for beginners who would like to learn about making functional pots. You are also welcome to join the course if you have a little prior experience and would like to refresh or build upon your skills. Various approaches and techniques will be demonstrated, and you can then make pieces of your own design.

    It will focus on mainly on throwing, as well handbuilding, practical pots for your table and kitchen. There are many approaches to functional work, and Chris and Fiona will introduce a few of these. The course will explore ways to plan and make specific forms on the wheel (plates, bowls, cups etc), alongside handbuilt and press moulded pieces. We will look designing and making handles, feet and spouts both for the handbuilt and thrown work, and making repeat forms. Different approaches to surface decoration will be covered- applying colour, texture and pattern with slips, and glazing. Each weekly session is from 6 - 8.30pm on Tuesdays. New processes will be introduced each week, and you will learn about prepping, handling and working with the clay at different stages. There will be time allocated for everyone on the wheel each week.

    Small class sizes (max 5 in this class) so lots of hands-on support; all materials and tools are provided; and all work will be fired for you.

    £170 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

    Cyan Clayworks is a working studio and not-for-profit space. Both Chris and Fiona have many years experience of making/exhibiting and teaching ceramics at all levels.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-functional-pots-wheelthrown-and-handbuilt-tickets-74839867057

  • Pottery Classes in Alyth - December 2019 and January 2020 Posted on by Maria Nordgren

    Join experienced tutor, Nancy Fuller, to make hand-built functional-ware using techniques she learned at different studios in Asia. The classes will focus on techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slab working with moulds and decorating using a variety of methods. They are held in the purpose-built Momentum Pottery with underfloor heating.  With a maximum of 6 people per class they are suitable for those who wish to improve their skills as well as complete beginners.

    Times: 6th & 13th Dec from 7-9pm Price: £50 for taster block of 2 classes (last space left)
    Times: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January from 7-9pm Price: £107 for block of 4 classes       Location: 6, St. Andrew Street, Alyth PH11 8AT

    The price includes clay & glaze costs and firing fees. Payment in full is required at the time of booking as we have to buy the materials in advance. No refund can be given once a booking has been made. If you are interested in attending a class on another day or weekend, please contact us to let us know your preferred time.
    One to one throwing or hand-building classes are also available.
    Why not give a pottery course as a gift? Gift Vouchers for classes are on offer upon request.

    For further information, please email info@nancyfuller.co.uk or call 07807723365

    - at Alyth, Start Time: 19:00, End Time: 21:00

    Updated on 29/11/2019 21:11:00 by Maria Nordgren

  • ​Willow and Porcelain Christmas decoration workshop Posted on by Maria Nordgren

    Maria Nordgren and Rachel Bower are running a 2-day willow and porcelain Christmas decoration workshop at Momentum Pottery in Alyth on 30th November and 7th December 2019, 10am - 12noon

    The first Saturday we concentrate on making the porcelain parts, which are then fired before we meet again the second Saturday, to make the willow parts and assemble the decorations. 

    The price of the two sessions is £60, including materials - willow, clay, wire, string, etc. & firing costs. 
    To register your interest, please e-mail and we will mail you back. Please contact Maria (mnordgren@hotmail.co.uk) 07805 038242 or Rachel Bower (wovenwillow@gmail.com)

  • 3 days in November. Pottery course in Penicuik Posted on by jane kelly

    Join a small, friendly, mixed ability group for 3 days potting in November.

    Monday 11th . 10 am - 3pm. Handbuiding and throwing. I use stoneware clay

    Tuesday 12th. 10am - 3pm. make a piece for Raku and turn and decorate  your thrown pots

    Friday 15th. 10 am - 3pm. glaze your pots and, weather permitting, fire the raku kiln.

    The cost including tuition, materials and all firings £120

    Penicuik is 10 miles south of Edinburgh. Easily accessable by bus or car.

     

  • Govanhill Baths Ceramics - New courses launching in the southside of Glasgow! Posted on by Frances Diver

    Govanhill Baths Ceramics offers a range of courses for beginner and improver potters and runs a thriving weekly Pottery Club from our base at the Deep End. Please see the Govanhill Baths website, our facebook page 'Govanhill Baths Ceramics' or our Instagram 'Deep End Ceramics' for details.

  • Five week evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    This five week evening class, run by both Fiona and Chris, is suitable for beginners who would like an introductory course in working creatively with clay. You are also welcome to join the course if you have a little prior experience and would like to refresh or build upon your skills. Various approaches and techniques will be demonstrated, and you can then make pieces of your own design.

    It will include handbuilding, pressmoulded dishes and handmade tiles, wheelthrowing, surface decoration- applying colour, texture and pattern and glazing. Each weekly session is from 6 - 8.30pm on Thursdays. New processes are covered each week, and you will learn about handling the clay at different stages.

    Small class sizes (max 7 in this class) so lots of hands-on support; all materials and tools are provided; and all work will be fired for you.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019, 18:00 – Thu, 28 Nov 2019, 20:30

    £170 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

    Cyan Clayworks is a working studio and not-for-profit space. Both Chris and Fiona have many years experience of making/exhibiting and teaching ceramics at all levels.

    To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-five-week-evening-course-for-beginners-tickets-71773970879

    Email: fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

  • Pottery classes Posted on by Vivien Newton

    Earthware pottery in Biggar, will be running pottery classes, from September. 

    Viv Newton is a potter with more than 30 years experience in throwing and hand building, selling her work from her studio, in galleries and fairs and teaching in schools and adults classes.

    The pottery classes are in 4 week blocks, starting September 17th, covering different techniques of hand building, using moulds and throwing on the wheel, colour, texture and glazing. Each class is kept to a maximum of 7 people, so plenty attention for everyone.

    Classes are:

    Tuesday, 10.30am- 12pm

    Tuesday, 7-8.30pm

    Thursday, 7-8.30pm

    The cost in £75 for the 4 week block and includes all tuition, clays glazes and firings.

    please contact for any more information and to book your place;

    earthware.biggar@gmail.com, 07951500572, or FB Earthware.

     

  • Ceramic surface: Maiolica and overglaze Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    This special two part workshop will run over two Saturdays-

    Day one 26th October 10.30am - 3pm (with a short break for lunch)

    Day two 2nd November 10.30am - 1.30pm

    Maiolica is a mediterranean decorating technique that originated through the moorish invasion of Spain in the 8th Century, and found its crescendo in the Italian Renaissance. The characteristics of Maiolica, or tin glazed red earthenware, are a white opaque glaze with bright polychrome brushwork.

    During the workshop, we will begin with decorating tiles, to understand the technique and practice brushing the colour onto the dry glazed surface. There will be a large selection of fired pots, thrown by Chris, for you to choose from. We will then help you evenly apply the thick white glaze. We will then show, through practical demonstrations, how to acheive your desired designs.

    The second session will focus on overglaze techniques. This decoration is applied onto the fired glaze surface. We will explain and demonstrate how to apply onglaze enamel, lustres, and waterslide transfers (using stock transfers- get in touch a few weeks before if you wish to get your own printed; we will send you the details). The work will then be fired again at a lower temperature to be collected at a later date.

    £145 per person. To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramic-surface-maiolica-and-overglaze-tickets-59828468560

  • Six week evening course in ceramics for beginners Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    This evening class, run by Fiona, is aimed at complete beginners who would like an introductory course in working creatively with clay. You are also welcome to join the course if you have a little prior experience and would like to refresh or build upon your skills. Fiona will demonstrate various approaches and techniques, and you can then make pieces of your own design.

    It will include handbuilding- coilbuilding and handmade tiles; wheelthrowing; surface decoration- applying colour, texture and pattern; and glazing. Each weekly session is from 6 - 8.30pm on Wednesdays.

    NEW DATES 25th sept- 30th oct.

    New processes are covered each week, and you will learn about handling the clay at different stages.

    Small class sizes (max 7 in this class) so lots of hands-on support; all materials and tools are provided; and all work will be fired for you. Your pieces will be glazed in the last session and then ready to collect (after firing) about a week later (smaller tiles pieces ready sooner).

    £200 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

    To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-six-week-evening-course-for-beginners-tickets-64239751827 

    Updated on 31/08/2019 14:37:00 by Fiona Thompson

  • Six week evening course in ceramics Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    Tue, 3 Sep 2019, 18:00 – Tue, 8 Oct 2019, 20:30

    This 6 week evening class will be run by Chris at Cyan Clayworks in Edinburgh. It is suitable for both beginners who would like an introduction to working with clay, and those with previous experience who would like to develop their skills further. There will be a focus on functional pots. We will cover different approaches to constructing ceramic forms: slab construction, press moulds, wheelthrowing and handmade tiles. We will also explore different ways to create surface decoration including using slips and glazes. Each weekly session will be from 6 - 8.30pm on Tuesdays. Chris will demonstrate each process and you will be able to make pieces of your own design. Small class sizes so lots of hands-on support (max 5 on this course); all materials and tools provided; and all work fired for you.

    £200 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

    Our friendly working studio is a not-for-profit space, where we make our own ceramic work as well as teaching, so you will be able to see our work in progress.

    To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-six-week-evening-course-tickets-64240367669 

    Email fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

     

  • Weekend Courses - Arbroath Posted on by Fran Marquis

    Have you been inspired by the Great Pottery Throwdown? Just something you have always wanted to try?  Come and have a go!!

    Weekend courses in 2019

    14th - 15th September

    16th - 17th November

    Each weekend course is 10.00 – 4.00 over 2 days i.e. 10 hours with an hour for lunch - which is provided.  Pottery will be bisque fired for course participants to collect or it can be posted, or another full or half day for glazing (and raku firing, weather permitting) can be booked to suit participants.

    Price per weekend £120.00 including lunches, teas, coffees, all materials & firing.

    Glazing session £30 and take place at least 1 week after making when work is fired - to finish all weekend work, then about a week after that, finished work can be collected or posted out to participants. participants can join in weekly classes to glaze their work or arrange a special session to complete their work.

    Previously courses have been completely full so please book well ahead if you would like to come along, especially if you would like to bring a friend or family member.

    Raku Days can be arranged if there is enough demand so please ask if you would like a raku course in 2019!

    For more information, contact Fran Marquis at  franmarquis@btinternet.com

    4 Springfield Terrace
    Arbroath
    Angus
    DD11 1EL

    Updated on 12/06/2019 15:23:00 by Fiona Robertson

  • Studio membership in Edinburgh Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    At Cyan Clayworks in Edinburgh we are now offering a new service- monthly membership for keen amateur makers. *ONE PLACE REMAINING*

    This is £60 per month per person, paid in advance by direct debit.

    For this you get the following: up to 25 hours of studio hire per month, access to tools and equipment, firings, and basic materials- stoneware, earthenware, slips and glaze. Temporary storage space will be available for work in progress. Also included: occasional technical support and advice, your clay recycled for you, and a discount on tuition and scheduled courses. The studio hire slots will be scheduled at differing times/days Tuesday to Saturday, but with 2-3 available slots each week on average.

    For more details visit http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/membership/

    Email fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

    Updated on 15/10/2019 16:01:00 by Fiona Thompson

  • Ceramics courses, one off workshops, tuition and studio hire Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    Cyan Clayworks is a not-for-profit studio in Edinburgh, run by Fiona Thompson and Chris Donnelly. They both have been making work professionally since the mid 1990s and set up the studio in 2012. 

    Fiona and Chris make their own work as well as offering a wide range of learning options for adults at all levels of experience. (Please note, as it is a working studio and open plan with a wide range of the usual machinery/equipment/raw materials, we are not able to accomodate children or those with specialist needs). 

    You can choose from:

    Scheduled courses: evening classes, one off tasters, one day workshops and weekday courses. Beginners to intermediate. Small class sizes, often with both Fiona and Chris running a course. 

    Individual tuition:  for those who want more focused time at all levels from complete beginner to experienced. Throwing, handbuilding, surface, glaze tech, mouldmaking/casting. Practical advice on setting up your own studio; everything from recycling your clay to loading and firing kilns. We also work with other artists/designers who have a project in mind. 

    Bespoke workshops: for those who want a one off workshop with friends or family. 

    Studio hire: for keen amateur makers who can work independently/untutored you can hire workspace for three or four hours. Work is fired for you, all materials etc included. 

    Membership: a new service- see website for details. 

     

    For further information please visit the website http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/ 

    Get in touch if you would like to visit the studio and we can arrange a visit at a day/time to suit. The studio is open (by appointment only) Tuesday to Saturday. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Updated on 15/04/2019 15:01:00 by Fiona Thompson

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