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.

Posts with specific dates will be deleted once the course date has passed. if you offer courses on a regular basis, please create a generic post (no dates) with links to your own website where specific details can be found and it will be left on this page for 12 months.

  • 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 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 

  • 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

  • Throw and Let Go - Full Week Courses with Fran Marquis Posted on by Fran Marquis

    A week long course is planned where 4-5 participants work for 5 days with 5 wheels available, and learn and refine their skills on the wheel such as making lidded vessels, designing and making sets of items and joining thrown work. A few of the best pots or sculptures made at the start of the week could be fired by the end of the week, but generally it is about choosing critically at the end of the week and firing about 10 pieces each, then returning to glaze these later.  Letting go of pots made on the wheel allows a freedom which helps the learning process. Please apply to Fran if you are interested in this option.  It is only  available to those who have enough throwing experience to know that it is something they want to focus on for the 5 days.

    Cost £300 more detail on application, £60 deposit is required.

    Course dates are July 8-12th (and maybe in the Autumn in 2019). 

    Fran Marquis, 4 Springfield Terrace, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1EL

    E-MAIL ADDRESS:
    franmarquis@btinternet.com

  • June Pottery Course at Momentum Pottery, Alyth Posted on by Maria Nordgren

    The classes will focus on hand-building and decorating with underglaze transfer decals. They are suitable for those who wish to improve their skills as well as complete beginners.

    Times: 14th, 21st and 28th June from 7-9pm

    Price: £75 for 3 classes

    Location: 6, St. Andrew Street, Alyth PH11 8AT

    The price includes clay & glaze costs, firing fees & share of venue hire. 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 on 07807 723365 to let us know your preferred time. One to one throwing or hand-building classes are also available.

  • Four week evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    This short evening class, run by both Fiona and Chris, is suitable for beginners who would like an introductory course in working creatively with clay, and those with a little prior experience who would like to refresh or build upon thier skills. Various approaches and techniques will be demonstrated, and you can then make pieces of your own design. For those who have been on a course before, you may choose to focus more on one or two areas.

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

    To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-four-week-evening-course-tickets-59827639079

    £135 per person, includes materials and firings. 

  • 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. 

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

    For this you get the following: up to 20 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

  • 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

  • Ceramics: 4 week evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

    Thu, 4th July2019, 18:00 – Thu, 25th 2019, 20:30

    This short evening class, run by both Fiona and Chris at Cyan Clayworks, 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. 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. 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).

    £125 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

    To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-four-week-evening-course-for-beginners-tickets-58279427336

    fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

    Updated on 07/05/2019 11:31:00 by Fiona Thompson

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