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Hand Building with Ceramics 8 Week Course

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Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street

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Birmingham

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Hand Building with Ceramics 8 Week Course
With Joanne Masding and Sophie McKinney
Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Join artist Joanne Masding and ceramicist Sophie McKinney for an eight-week introduction to handbuilding with ceramics.

Over the first five weeks we’ll introduce you to a variety of handbuilding and decoration techniques, complemented with demonstrations and handouts, including slab building, coiling, sgraffito and using coloured slips. For the final three weeks of the course we’ll work with you as you put your new skills into practice and make something of your own design.

We encourage you to bring your own ideas to the workshops, and Joanne and Sophie will help you to make unique and personal objects each week. You’ll take home at least six fully fired, glazed, usable and cherishable pieces at the end of the course.

All sessions will be on a Thursday evening and and will run weekly from 19 March, with a two week break at Easter school holiday.

Suitable for those new to clay or with little experience aged 18+.

Week 1 - Introduction and pinching
Thursday 19 March
An introduction to the workshop, Modern Clay and clay basics. A demonstration of building using pinching and making a vessel or sculpture out of white stoneware clay with the pinching method.

Week 2 - Slab building
Thursday 26 March
See examples of forms made by slab building, learn the technique and slab build a piece using terracotta clay.

Week 3 - Coloured slips and surface effects
Thursday 2 April
Press moulding and decorations. Use moulds to press clay forms and decorative elements that can be added to clay surfaces. Experiment with a range of surface decoration including sgraffito, underglaze and coloured slips.

(We’ll take a 2-week break during Easter school holidays)

Week 4 - Coiling and preparing for glazing
Thursday 23 April
Build forms using the coiling method, with an opportunity to learn to use the clay extruder machine. Your work from weeks 1-3 will now have had their first firing, and need to be prepared for glazing. Sand and finish the fired pieces before glazing the following week.

Week 5 - Glazing
Thursday 30 April
Introduction to glazes and ways of applying them. Glaze the pieces prepared the previous week.

Week 6 - Project work
Thursday 7 May
Go wild and free! Choose a clay and put as many of your newly acquired skills into production as you like. Joanne and Sophie will offer technical support to get your most ambitious ideas into reality.

Week 7 - Project work
Thursday 14 May
Final finishing and glazing. Glaze your final piece and finish any other pieces from previous weeks.

Week 8 - Finishing and displaying
Thursday 21 May
Final sanding and cleaning of all of your glazed and fired pieces made during the course. We’ll finish by displaying all your finished objects in the studio and celebrate your achievements with fellow classmates over a mug of something nice.

If you have any questions email us at coop@modernclay.org.


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How big is the class?
Our maximum class size is 12 and to make sure we can work closely with everyone who attends, 2 tutors run each class. Ticket price includes a course of eight 2-hour sessions (check if we do an extended one!!) in our Digbeth studio.

What do I need to prepare before I come?
Materials and aprons are provided. We’ll talk in class about what we’ll be working on the following week, so you can think about what you want to make. You’re welcome to bring sketches and ideas with you, or see what takes you on the day if that suits you better. It's easier to do ceramics with short nails so if you have time give them a trim before you come!

Are materials provided?
Yes. We’ll provide clays and decorating materials for each of the introduction to technique weeks (weeks 1-5), and 1.5kg of clay for you to work with on your final project. You can purchase more from us if you want to make something bigger in week 6. We’ll also provide aprons, tools and workstations, and we’ll fire the clay pieces.

How many things will I make during the course?
As we learn new techniques, you’ll make something each week for the first 5 weeks, plus a final piece of your own design, so you’ll take home at least 6 fully fired, glazed, usable and cherishable pieces in total.

Will I learn to pot on the wheel on this course?
No. This course focuses on the immediate and varied joys of hand building, so we won’t use the potters wheel.

If I can’t make a date can I attend a class another time?
Unfortunately we can’t transfer missed classes to another date.

Where is Modern Clay?
Modern Clay is situated at Minerva Works, a complex of various art spaces and businesses, a short walk from Birmingham city centre, on Fazeley Street in Digbeth. Unfortunately we do not currently have a working lift. Please contact us in advance if you need help accessing the workshop (located on the first floor). Pushchairs can be left on the ground floor.

What is Modern Clay Art School?
Modern Clay Art School is the educational strand of Modern Clay Co-op, designed for both adults and children. Each session is designed and led by the artists who work from Modern Clay’s studio, who are all experienced workshop leaders with Enhanced DBS checks. We aim to give all participants a high quality experience, ensuring there are never more than 6 students to 1 teacher, and always using artist-quality materials in every workshop. All materials and firing costs are included. Find out more about Modern Clay here: www.modernclay.org

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