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:

Four week evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 18:00 –

Wed, 12 Dec 2018, 20:00

This 4 week 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 - 8pm 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).

£100 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-50168214480 

Seven week evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Tue, 6 Nov 2018, 18:00 –

Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 20:30

This 7 week evening class will be run by Chris Donnelly 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.

£215 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-seven-week-evening-course-tickets-50067814180

Four week Saturday course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Sat, 3 Nov 2018, 10:30 –

Sat, 24 Nov 2018, 14:30

This four week course will run on Saturdays from 10.30-2.30. It will be run by both Fiona Thompson and Chris Donnelly, and is aimed at both beginners and those with some experience who'd like to develop their skills. Fiona specialises in handbuilding and the surface, and Chris mainly focuses on thrown tableware and low tech print techniques. Cyan Clayworks is a non-profit space and working ceramic studio.

As an underlying structure, we will cover a range of creative ceramic techniques. As each session is four hours, it will allow us to go into more detail as and when relevant. The course will include wheel throwing, coil building, slab building, and the surface - including slip application, basic printing, stencilling and glazing. It will include planning forms and surface, learning about the different stages of working with clay, and developing your own unique pieces. Each week we will introduce a couple of processes, and you will be able to choose from all or some of these. For example, beginners may like to try all the different options to get a taste of various creative approaches. If you have prior experience of clay you may decide to take a more project based approach and narrow down your focus, or maybe revisit some areas in more depth. We will work with everyone as individuals so can help you with your particular interests, and can go into more detail on particular areas as and when required. With both of us running the course, everyone will have plenty of hands-on support with whatever they choose to work on.

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

Coffee and tea provided, bring a snack/lunch if you like as we'll take a quick break half way through each session. 

To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-four-week-saturday-course-tickets-48408867225 

Ceramics: Wednesday morning course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 10:30 –

Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 13:00

This five week course, run by Fiona, will run on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 til 1 from the 31st October. Suitable for complete beginners, and those with a little prior experience who would like to refresh their skills.

During the course we will cover different approaches to working creatively with clay. This will include handbuilding, wheel throwing and using press moulds. You will be able to experiment with surface decoration; painting with coloured slips, creating patterns and textures, and glazing.

Limited class sizes (six places in this class), so lots of hands on support. You will be given one to one input while on the wheel.

£156 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials,preparation, and firings.

Cyan Clayworks is a social enterprise and working ceramic studio.

To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-wednesday-morning-course-tickets-49211020487 

Email fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

Press moulded and slab built dishes Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Sat 13 October 2018

10:00 – 15:00

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners, or those who would like to develop their skills further with the clay surface, and will be run by by both Fiona and Chris. It will focus on two approaches to making dishes and other vessel forms. Firstly using ceramic moulds, and secondly slab building techniques to create a set of unique handmade and decorated dishes. We will cover a range of different approaches to the surface, including some simple techniques for applying coloured slips, and how to use a variety of tools for markmaking. Other decoration techniques will include stencilling and monoprinting with slips and ceramic ink, creating highly textured slabs and building up patterns.

Limited class sizes (six places only in this class), so lots of hands on support. Your work will be fired and glazed ready to collect a few weeks later. You'll be notified by email and will then have a month to collect your pieces.

We will take a short break mid way through, so feel free to bring a packed lunch.

£75 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials,preparation, glazing and firings.

To book please visit the eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-press-moulded-slab-built-dishes-tickets-50065389929 

Email: fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk

Thursday morning ceramics course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

This five week course, run by Fiona Thompson, is suitable for beginners as an introduction to working creatively with clay, and also for those who would like a refresher. If you've been on a course before you are welcome to join the course to explore and develop your skills in more depth. It will run each Thursday morning from 10.30 til 1.30 for five weeks. We will cover different approaches to handbuilding including the traditional method of coil building, using press moulds, and throwing on the wheel. A variety of ways of creating surface decoration (using slips and glazes) will be covered; exploring texture, pattern, colour and markmaking at different stages. Each technique will be demonstrated at the start, and you will be able to work on projects of your own design. There are lots of books and journals here for inspiration which you are welcome to browse while you're here.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 

£195 per person inclusive of materials, tuition, firings and use of tools. 

to book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-thursday-morning-course-tickets-48126402365

Four week ceramics evening course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

This 4 week evening class, run by Fiona Thompson, 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).

£130 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

Wed, 5 Sep 2018 - Wed, 26 Sep 2018

To book please visit our eventbrite page  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-four-week-evening-course-for-beginners-tickets-48125174693

Updated on 24/07/2018 14:27:00 by Fiona Thompson

Taster classes Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks we run regular short one-off taster classes. Ideal for those who want to try a couple of different approaches to working with clay. 

Clay taster session 5th june 6 - 8.30 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-clay-taster-session-tickets-45904204712

Throwing and tiles taster 19th June 6-8 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-throwing-and-tiles-taster-tickets-45972141914

Throwing and tiles taster 11th July https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-throwing-and-tiles-taster-tickets-46330199875

Throwing and tiles taster 25th July https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-throwing-and-tiles-taster-tickets-46465407284

Bespoke workshops and tuition Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks in Edinburgh we offer private workshops and individual tuition, as well as our scheduled courses. So if you have something specific you would like some tuition in, drop us an email. 

Additionally, we can accomodate small groups of adults for a tailored workshop, of all levels of ability. 

Details here: http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/bespoke-workshops-and-individual-tuition/ 

Email: fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk 

Taster classes Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks we offer a range of courses for all abilities, inccluding introductory taster sessions. 

This short introductory class will focus on tile making/decoration and wheel throwing, and is suitable for adult beginners. You will be introduced to the basics of throwing; centering the clay, and forming a small vessel. You will be able to create a small group of unique textured and slip decorated tiles.

Limited class sizes (four places only in this class), so lots of hands on support. You will be given one to one support while on the wheel.

Your work will be fired and glazed ready to collect a few weeks later. You'll be notified by email and will then have a month to collect your pieces.

May 16th 6-8pm

£40 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials,preparation, glazing and firings. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-throwing-and-tiles-taster-tickets-44976686480

Studio hire and project support Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks in Edinburgh we not only have a range of scheduled courses, we also offer untutored studio access and individual tuition, plus project support for artists/students. 

Studio hire is in blocks of two or four hours, on various dates/times (details on the links below), and is booked in advance through eventbrite. This service is aimed at keen amateurs who would like occasional use of the studio; for handbuilding, wheel throwing and decoration. Materials are provided, and some technical support if needed. Firing is done for you but only for work made at the studio. This service is untutored, and you will need to have attended a course/training previously (this doesn’t have to have been with us) and have basic skills with clay as a minimum. If you haven't been to the studio before, please email before booking so we can discuss your requirements and make sure it is the right service for you. fiona@cyanclayworks.co.uk 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/studio-hire-2hrs-tickets-33086227798

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/studio-hire-4hrs-tickets-42502781965

Project support is either tutored or untutored, or a mix of both, with details here: http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/student-and-professional-artist-support/

There is more info here about our tuition and bespoke workshops http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/bespoke-workshops-and-individual-tuition/ 

 

 

Artist project support and tuition Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks we can provide individual tuition in the following areas: coil building, slab building, surface development/basic monoprinting, throwing and glazing. We have worked with a range of professional artists, students, and keen amateur makers. This can be a couple of one off sessions, or we can put a bespoke package together covering a variety of areas. 

For further details please see our website: artist project support here  http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/student-and-professional-artist-support/ Tuition and workshops info here http://cyanclayworks.co.uk/bespoke-workshops-and-individual-tuition/

Contact details:

Fiona Thompson

Cyan Clayworks

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

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