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Pottery and Slip Casting

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St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Mixed Level
13:00 - 15:30
6 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This course is aimed at both beginners & intermediate students. Learn and develop a variety of pottery skills including the handbuilding skills of pinching, coiling, press moulding and slab building using stoneware and porcelain clays. You will be introduced to and use a variety of surface decoration techniques including use of texture, slips and glazes. Teaching will be appropriate to experience and ability and there will be an emphasis on developing your own projects. You may be expected to develop your ideas at home by drawing or collecting images.

Students will be slip casting from a series of different moulds provided. The tutor will demonstrate how to slip cast using plaster drop-out, 2 and 3 piece moulds, then working individually, it will be a hands on workshop where pottery will be made, assembled & decorated. Before the first firing students start the process of decoration using engobes, coloured slips, scrafitto & sprigs. They would be encouraged to consider how their items might be decorated and at what stage in the firing process; green, bisque or on-glaze.

The process demonstrates the crossover between craft & industrial practices and is ideal for the contemporary studio potter who wants to introduce an element of Ceramic Design into batch production work.

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Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: David Richardson

My approach to making in clay is very practical with frequent demonstrations backed up by illustrated notes. I believe that there should be nothing to fear in the process of slip casting, as it requires a moderate amount of skill but a great deal of thought and planning.

I’m very keen to see illustrations and diagrams from students at the beginning of a project, as this will ultimately help with its success. I teach all kinds of slip casting processes from hollow cast vases, bowls and lidded pots, through to core cast flatware such as plates and handles.

I studied sculpture at Liverpool Polytechnic BA hons followed by 35 years of Model and Mouldmaking. This included making and selling my own range of decorative terracotta garden ware from 1994- 2005, I used to sell this globally as well as at Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. I sold the company to continue with my modelmaking and the ware is still being produced today. My clients include Potters, Artists & Designers who require models and moulds, everything from large scale tableware to figurative sculpture.

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How will I be taught?

Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and/or craftspeople and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan to record your goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills.
The tutor will provide feedback on your work through one to one guidance and group critiques. You will be able to self-assess against your individualised learning outcomes stated on the ILP.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please wear old clothes and shoes. All pots are paid for by fired weight at a reasonable rate. Health and safety issues will be discussed and you will be instructed in the application of safe working practices. Basic equipment will be provided but you may want to build up your own selection of pottery tools as you progress. Tutor (David Richardson) will provide a range of plaster moulds and slip as part of the course. Using fluid casting slip, Plaster of Paris moulds draw water out of the liquid clay body to leave a “skin” of clay lining the inside of the mould. You will taught the basic timings, how to trim, sponge and fettle the cast items.

What can I do next?

Higher level pottery and ceramic courses.

What do I need to join the course

No previous pottery experience is necessary. Bring sketchbooks, magazine cuttings, photos for inspiration.

Getting to your course

Find us

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/116966/K/NC.