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 .
Ceramics: functional pots (thrown and handbuilt)Posted on by Fiona Thompson
This five week evening class, run by both Fiona and Chris at our Edinburgh studio, 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 Thursdays. 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 so lots of hands-on support; all materials and tools are provided; and all work will be fired for you.
£175 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-functional-pots-wheelthrown-and-handbuilt-tickets-89766775843
Cyan Clayworks is an artist-run, non-for-profit studio and teaching space. We run various taster classes. This two hour workshop is aimed at adult beginners who would like an introduction to making ceramics. Firstly you will be able to make and decorate an unique set of handmade tiles using coloured slips; creating colour, pattern and texture. Each person will be introduced to wheelthrowing; we will take you through the basics of each stage and everyone will make a small pot each. Your pieces will be finished, fired and glazed for you ready to collect a few weeks later. Like all our courses, class sizes are limited so lots of hands-on support. The price is £45 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials, preparation, glazing and firings.
Dates coming up are:
29th jan 6-8 (one place remaining)
20th Feb 6-8 (one place remaining)
25th Feb 6-8
12 March 6-8
To book please visit our website and the courses page https://cyanclayworks.co.uk/cyanclayworks/courses/
Updated on 14/01/2020 20:05:00 by Fiona Thompson
Taster classes: throwing, tiles and pressmouldsPosted on by Fiona Thompson
At Cyan Clayworks we have a range of courses including our popular taster courses.
There are various dates for these coming up:
25th January 10.30 - 1.30 (BOOKED)
15th February 10.30 - 1.30
29th February 10.30 - 1.30
28th March 10.30 - 1.30
Cyan Clayworks is an artist-run, non profit studio and teaching space. This three hour introductory class is aimed at adult beginners, and will focus on tile making, press moulded dishes and wheel throwing. Each student will be introduced to the basics of throwing; centering the clay, and forming a small vessel each. You will be able to create a small group of unique textured and coloured slip decorated tiles and a pressmoulded dish using one of our moulds.
Limited class sizes with both Fiona and Chris teaching so lots of hands on support! You will be given one to one support while on the wheel.
Your work will be trimmed (wheelthrown pots), 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.
£60 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials, preparation, glazing and firings.
Please visit the website to find details of our courses.https://cyanclayworks.co.uk/
Cyan Clayworks is a social enterprise based in Edinburgh. We run courses and workshops for adults. This evening course will be run Fiona, and will focus on different approaches to making and decorating pots by hand.
This course is suitable for adult beginners and those who would like to refresh or develop their skills. There are various ways to build unique ceramic pieces by hand, which will be covered in this course- including the traditional coilbuilding, slab building and press moulding. Surface decoration will focus on different approaches at different stages, using slips, metal oxides and glazes to create texture, pattern and colour. Fiona has many years of experience of making pots by hand, and will demonstrate all the different techniques and how to plan your unique pieces.
Small class sizes mean lots more hands on support. All tools and materials provided.
£175 inclusive of materials and firings.
To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-handbuilding-and-the-surface-tickets-81791694159
This five week course, run by Fiona, will run on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 til 1 from the 12th Feb to 11th March. Suitable for complete beginners (adults), 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. If you've been on a course before you might like to plan some pieces, or perhaps scale up.
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.
£175 per person, inclusive of booking fee, materials,preparation, and firings.
Cyan Clayworks is a social enterprise and working ceramic studio, run by ceramic makers Fiona and Chris.
This 6 week course is suitable for adult beginners, and will be run by Chris. Cyan Clayworks is a friendly not-for-profit ceramic studio set up in 2012 by ceramic makers Fiona Thompson and Chris Donnelly. This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little prior experience who would like to refresh their skills. Chris will guide you through a variety of approaches to making objects in clay with a focus on function. This will include slab construction, pressmoulding, wheelthrowing and surface decoration using slips and glazes. He will introduce you to making handles, lids and spouts for your pieces as appropriate. Small class sizes mean lots more input and more opportunity to develop at your own pace. With 20 years experience making, exhibiting and teaching ceramics (mainly tableware), Chris is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about this creative subject.
This six week course will run on Tuesdays from 6-8.30pm.
Tue, 14 Jan 2020, 18:00 – Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 20:30
£210 inclusive of materials, use of tools, firings.
This six week course offers an introduction to working in ceramics. Cyan Clayworks is a friendly not-for-profit ceramic studio set up in 2012 by Fiona and Chris, who will both be running this course. It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little prior experience who would like to refresh their skills. They will guide you through a variety of approaches to making objects in clay; different kinds of handbuilding (coilbuilding, slab construction and pressmoulding), wheelthrowing and surface decoration using slips and glazes. Small class sizes mean lots more input and more opportunity to develop at your own pace. Both Chris and Fiona have over 20 years experience making, exhibiting and teaching ceramics, and are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about this creative subject.
This six week course will run on Thursdays from 6-8.30pm.
9 Jan 2020 - 13 Feb 2020
£210 inclusive of materials, preparation, firings and use of tools.
To book please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceramics-evening-course-for-beginners-tickets-81350528621
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/
Updated on 15/10/2019 16:01:00 by Fiona Thompson
Ceramics courses, one off workshops, tuition and studio hirePosted 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
Studio 3, 2nd Floor Beaverhall Art Studios 27 Beaverhall Road Edinburgh EH7 4JE
Send email >fiona ( at ) cyanclayworks.co ( dot ) uk