BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CERAMIC COURSE

A six week course covering hand-building techniques, surface decoration and glazing.

Culford Studios is committed to providing courses that not only fit every skill level and background, but also infuse our supportive and innovative teaching approach.

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What’s included? 


Expert tuition and equipment. Work that is fired brings an additional cost of £4 per kg.


What to expect? 

During this six week course you will be able to make a series of vessels or sculptures. You are encouraged to come to the course with ideas and sketches of what you may want to make.


Each week we will start with a demonstration covering the techniques listed below. The rest of the session will be up to you, either to use the techniques demonstrated or to use techniques you already know. You can start new objects each week and make many small items, or spend longer on each object and make fewer larger pieces. 


Week one: Clay Construction. You will be shown how to construct 3d forms using press moulded and extruded elements. 


Week two: Sculpting clay. You will be shown how to model a 3 dimensional form and hollow it out so that it can be fired. We will cover subtractive and additive processes. 


Week three: Sprig moulds and stamps. You will be shown how to make your own sprig moulds and stamps which you can then use to decorate your forms.


Week four: Surface and slip. You will be shown a range of techniques to build up rich surfaces with slip such as sgraffito, resist and painting. You will be able to use your press moulds and stamps in conjunction with the coloured slips. 


Week five: Finishing touches. You will be shown how to finish your work to a high standard making it ready for firing. 


Week six: Getting to know glaze. You will be shown how to apply glaze to your work with techniques such as pouring and dipping. You will also be shown how you can use underglaze, oxides and resist to create a range of surfaces. You will have a choice of glazes ranging from transparent, matt and gloss. 


After the course your object(s) will be glaze fired and can be picked up from the workshop at a later point.

Where? 

The class will be held on the upper floor of Culford Studio, a spacious room to maintain social distancing.

What to bring?

Please bring a mask and an apron or wear messy clothes. Please also trim your nails before you arrive.

When to arrive?

The course times are 6.30 - 9pm. Please arrive 10 minutes before the class is due to start.

What next?

Come back! You're welcome to rebook onto this class and continue honing your skills. 

What about covid-19?

Our commitment:

- Workstations are socially distanced

- All chairs, workstations and studio will be disinfected before and after use 

- We will continue to review and reserve the right to reschedule any sessions as this fluid situation develops – in line with best advice from Health Advisors

Your commitment:

- You must bring your own face mask or wear one provided, and you must wear it at all times 

- Please use hand sanitiser provided on arrival

- Please avoid touching anything in the studio that is not related to your classwork

- Please only come to the studio if you are not a risk to others – or at risk yourself 

- Do not visit if you have symptoms – stay at home

Missing Lessons:

Our courses are structured in  progressing steps so it is necessary that you are sure you can attend all the course dates before you book. It isn't possible to reschedule a missed lesson to another date as we do not have spare places on any of our courses.

* In order to run this workshop we need a minimum of 6 participants. If the workshop is cancelled you will be offered the option to transfer the booking to an alternative available workshop.

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EUGENE CHUNG

Eugene is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. He regularly teaches children and adults in both English and Mandarin.

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ELLA PORTER

Ella is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. She regularly teaches both children and adults.

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JOSPEH GABRIEL

Jazz is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. He regularly teaches both children and adults in both English and Spanish.

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LIZ JACKSON

Liz  is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. She has experience teaching adults and children.

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ANTONIO FOIS

Antonio  is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. He has experience teaching adults and children in both English and Italian.

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EMILY STAPLETON-JEFFERIS

Emily is a graduate from MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art. She regularly teaches both children and adults at Camden Arts Centre, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Workshop 305. She specialises in hand-built Ceramics