While the work has evolved to be inspired by the material itself, in the background is a continuing influence by an early fascination with abandoned, derelict spaces and the weight, mood, and silence these spaces bring. The work is loosely concerned with capturing this emotive response through the use of enclosed space and form. More important though is the process of making itself, each piece has a theme, yet is completely individual. The use of tools, colour, print and texture become individual to each object. Intuitively making decisions along the way, joins, edges, scale, balance, composition, while incorporating outside influences in the form of colour and texture. My own qualifications include a BA Hons degree in ceramics, and also a Masters degree in ceramics from the Royal College of Art. Since I graduated in 2004, I have exhibited nationally and internationally and for the past 10 years I have been teaching adults and children alongside my own professional practice. My work is now stocked by Contemporary Applied Arts gallery, London.
Classes take place in the friendly and relaxed environment of my own garden studio, catering for up to 5 people. Individual tuition is also available. The small group size allows people to pick and choose techniques they enjoy, and to work at their own pace. The courses have a broad outline, however they are also flexible, and you are encouraged to explore your own creative ideas, while I am on hand to offer advice and support with how best to realise them. The studio is well equipped with a wide range of tools, materials and a wide range of ceramics publications and information to inspire you to create work you will be proud of at the end of the course. Classes are taught in 5 week blocks with 4 spaces per class. If you would like to carry on after that block has finished, you can continue onto the next course if you wish. This means you are able to develop and refresh skills already learnt at your own pace, and introduce combinations of techniques and ideas of your own as you gain more experience.All courses require a deposit of £50 and must be paid in full one week in advance of the course starting. Fees can be paid by cheque or card. Don’t forget to bring an apron!
Tuesdays 10.00 - 12.30 (5 weeks)
17th Oct - 20th Nov (No course 24th Oct) : FULL
Thursdays 10.00 - 12.30 (5 weeks)
19th Oct - 23rd Nov (No course 26th Oct) : FULL
£110 including all materials and firings
This course will cover techniques such as slab building, coiling, pinching, sprig moulds and decoration. This is an ideal first course for those who would like to try out working with clay, but not entirely sure what it's all about!
A great course to give you a taster of different techniques. On finishing the course you will have completed a collection of fired and glazed pieces. These will be ready to collect after the course.
Mondays 19:00 - 21:30 (5 weeks)
16th Oct - 20th Nov (No course 23rd Oct) : FULL
Wednesdays 19:00 - 21:30 (5 weeks)
18th Oct - 22nd Nov (No course 25th Oct) : FULL
£110 including all materials and firings
A course for all, from beginner to more experienced. Techniques such as pinching, slab building, coiling and press moulding will be covered. A wide range of surface decorative techniques will be covered alongside glazing options. At the end of the course you will have completed a range of finished ceramics. Sessions begin with a demonstration of a particular technique, and include suggestions of possibilities with those processes. Work will be ready to collect after the course has finished.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends. 2 hour sessions available between 10:00 - 14:30
2 people - £35 each, 3 people - £30 each, 4 people - £25 each.
If you fancy doing something a bit different to meeting up for coffee, why not book out a creative couple of hours just for you and your friends or family. You will learn how to hand build and decorate your own cup and bowl. These will be glazed and ready for you to collect at a later date. Simply fix a date between yourselves and book it in!
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Between 10:00 - 14:30
£30/hr - includes materials and 1 firing
If you would like to have a go at throwing, or if you have done throwing before and would like to refresh your skills, then why not come along for individual tuition. The session is one hour long and will cover clay preparation, centring, and forming. One piece of your choice will be fired to bisque for later collection, or if you would like to continue with the ‘finishing’ course, all work will be kept for that session.