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Pottery, Decoration and Slipcasting

Day of week:
Oakwood House, Maidstone
10:00 - 12:30
11 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to register your interest. We will contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

Students will be encouraged to combine hand building, throwing, press moulding and slip casting techniques in this class, to develop their own form and decorative vocabulary. Materials are included within the course fee.

Plaster of Paris Moulds and liquid clay slip will be supplied as part of the course fee, plus a choice of 17 different decorating slips and Contem liquid underglaze colours. A white earthenware body will be available for throwing, hand building and press moulding. So colours will maintain their vibrancy after glazing with both gloss and matt finish options available.

David Richardson will be the tutor for this course. He has over 40 years of experience in craft pottery. He will teach casting, throwing press moulding and hand building. Plus combinations of all these techniques to establish each learners personal goal. Surface & relief decoration can be applied to Mugs, jugs, Cups & saucers, plates, vases, storage jars & sculptures.

Decorating by using sgraffito, banding, painting, stencilling, sponging, wax erosion & tissue print application. Learners will start using these techniques from the outset and will be encouraged to explore their development in week by week progress.

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.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please wear old clothes and shoes. 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.A selection of paintbrushes can be obtained as the course progresses and student find their most favourable form of decoration.

Other items useful for decorating include masking tape, stencils and stickers and a sharp craft knife.

A Sketchbook/ scrapbook for researching and creating deigns, is very useful. An ability to photograph and print or collect pictures of pottery helps to focus and evaluate learners ambition and progress.

What can I do next?

Other pottery courses.

What do I need to join the course

This course is suited to beginners and experienced potters alike. A willingness to enquire about the transformative process of ceramic design

Professionally made moulds supplied by the tutor, will mean that results can be obtained relatively easily.

Getting to your course

Find us

Oakwood House
Oakwood Park
ME16 8AE

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/142025/N/NC.