Summer Short Course: Ceramics – Wabi-sabi in Practice

13 - 20 August 2017

Sunday 13 & Sunday 20 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Taking inspiration from Jennifer Tee’s exhibition, this course offers the opportunity to learn about the traditional Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi* and apply it to surfaces and forms to create and decorate a set of ceramic tea bowls.

Week 1: After an introduction and discussion on the concept of wabi-sabi, participants will work on producing ceramic tea bowls using pinching and coiling techniques considering imperfection, asymmetry and simplicity.

Week 2: Focusing on decoration, participants will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials and slips, to consider ideas of ageing, deterioration and impurity to produce wabi-sabi textures for their tea bowls.

*The concept of wabi-sabi promotes the idea that beauty can be found in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Typical characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic can include simplicity, asymmetry, and roughness as well as an appreciation for natural processes and materials.

This course coincides with Jennifer Tee's exhibition Let it Come Down. It is suitable for those looking to develop their ceramics skills through working on a focused project. No previous ceramics experience is necessary.

Akiko Hirai will lead this course. Akiko is a London based ceramicist with degrees in ceramics from the University of Westminster and Central St. Martins. She has been working as an established ceramicist since 2003, making contemporary practical pottery that fuses British and Japanese processes, traditions and philosophies. Read more.

Please book a place online. Completing the booking for the course signifies your agreement to the Learning Agreement which includes policies around refunds and cancellations, health and safety and conduct in addition to general information about the Centre.

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Eligible Concessions
Concessionary fees are available to attendees who are in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, income support, job seekers allowance or a state pension; full time students with NUS cards or those who are registered disabled. Please bring evidence of your concessionary status and show it to the ticketing staff on the day of the event.

Refund Policy
Please note that bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the Centre.

The space is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any additional access requirements.