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New In-Person Courses from Cyan Clayworks

Cyan Clayworks – courses


Ceramics: Thursday morning course

Thu, 3 Sep 2020, 10:30 – Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 13:00


This five-week course, run by Fiona, will run on Thursday mornings from 10.30 till 1pm from September 3rd. 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. 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.


Introduction to Ceramics

Tue, 8 Sep 2020, 18:00 – Tue, 29 Sep 2020, 20:30


This relaxed and practical course is ideal for adult beginners who would like a taste of some of the approaches to ceramics. Each weekly session will be from 6 til 8.30. Over the four weeks we will cover a variety of different ways to make and decorate objects/pots of your own design, whether that's functional pots or decorative pieces. This will include slab building and slip decoration, amongst other techniques, with each demonstrated at the start. Our 'working' studio is bright and spacious, based in the complex of Beaverhall Studios. There will be limited class sizes so enough support for everyone. Price includes materials, firings and use of tools.


Introduction to ceramics: one day workshop

Sat, 12 September 2020

10:30 – 16:00 


At Cyan Clayworks we run a variety of courses for adults at all levels of ability. This one-day workshop is aimed at complete beginners who would like an introduction to this creative medium. Throughout the day we will introduce you to various ways of making pieces of your own design, with each technique clearly demonstrated and explained. There are various ways to make ceramics by hand, including slab building and using press moulds. We will also explore some decoration techniques, creating texture, pattern and colour using coloured slips.

We'll take a short break for lunch; feel bring to bring a packed lunch. There are also a couple of shops and a cafe nearby.

All materials are provided, and we have a range of tools for you to use. The class size will be strictly limited so there is enough space for everyone.

Your work will be fired then glazed/fired again for you ready to collect a few weeks later; you'll get an email to let you know when its ready. Due to limited storage space we need students to collect their work within a month of emailing.


Ceramics: throwing, tiles and press moulds taster

Sat, 26 September 2020

10:30 – 13:30


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.

This workshop also is scheduled for the 17th oct – see website to book.


Ceramics: throwing and tiles taster

Thu, 29 October 2020

18:00 – 20:00


Cyan Clayworks is an artist-run, non-for-profit studio and teaching space. 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.

This workshop will also run on Nov 3rd- see website to book


Ceramics: functional pots- wheelthrown and handbuilt

Thu, 5 Nov 2020, 18:00 – Thu, 3 Dec 2020, 20:30


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 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.