Fiona Thompson - Cyan Clayworks

Material:
Earthenware
Technique:
Hand building
Firing:
Electric

I've been making handbuilt objects and vessels for the last 20 years for exhibition and commission. My practice also includes residencies, teaching, community art work, collaborative projects and writing. Recent work explores aspects of tourism and travel, and the natural history collection. I focus on handbuilt one off pieces with layers of printed and painted imagery. These are non functional. 

I run the studio Cyan Clayworks, shared with Chris Donnelly, which we established in 2012. As well as making our own work, we run regular courses, one off workshops and offer indivual tuition. There is also project support and workspace/equipment hire available; for professional artists/designers, students and keen amateurs to work on individual projects. The studio is a community interest company. 

The studio is open by appointment. To book courses or for more information please see the website or email . 

for further details on my work see my own website http://www.fionathompsonceramics.co.uk

This member runs courses:

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

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

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

 

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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Fiona Thompson

Cyan Clayworks

Studio 3, 2nd Floor
Beaverhall Art Studios
27 Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh EH7 4JE

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