Summer Short Course: Ceramics - Smoke Firing

4 - 18 August 2018

Saturday 4, 11 & 18 August
10.30am – 4.30pm

This three-day course offers ceramicists a unique opportunity to test smoke firing techniques. Throughout the course participants will explore organic and non-organic surface decoration to create experimental forms, culminating in an exhibition of finished pieces on the last day.

The smoke firing process will involve placing ceramic pieces in a metal bin, to fire amongst burning wood, newspaper and other combustible materials in our garden. The process creates a carbonised effect on the ceramics, resulting in the distinct smoked surface that this technique is known for.

This course is ideal for beginners and those who are looking to progress their ceramics practice through a specialist firing process not normally available on our courses programme.

Weeks 1 and 2:
Participants will create hand-built forms using techniques such as coiling, slab building and press moulding which will be bisque fired.

Week 3:
In the final session, participants will develop their works, using masking techniques to create unique surface patterns during the smoke firing process.

This course is suitable for all levels and abilities. All materials are provided.

Dan Stafford is an experienced ceramic artist who makes hand-built architectural ceramics pieces using earthenware, slips and glazes. Dan has worked in many educational contexts including a tutor and technician at Camden Arts Centre. Read more

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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 Bookshop staff on the first day of your course.

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

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