2 Days: Introduction to Ceramics - Hand-Building and Glazing

2 - 9 March 2019

Saturdays, 2 and 9 March 2019
10.30am – 4.30pm

Over the course of two Saturdays, participants will be given a detailed introduction to ceramics, with one day dedicated to hand-building ceramic pieces and the other focusing on decorative techniques, finishes and effects. Works made during the first week of the course will be bisque fired in our on-site kilns in preparation for the second class, enabling participants to focus on glazing and decorating their works.

Day one will focus on hand-building, an early process of working with clay using the hands and simple tools. Practical demonstrations will cover the basics of pinch pottery, coil building, and slab work, alongside other techniques such as folding and using plaster moulds.

Day two will focus on decoration, with demonstrations on techniques such as sgraffito and stencil work. Participants will have access to a range of slips, underglazes and glazes to give different finishes and effects.

Additional information:
• Finished works will be fired in our on-site kilns.
• This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of ceramics and is also an ideal progression from our one-day courses.
• All materials and firing costs are included.
• This course runs over two full days.
• There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Lunch is not provided.

Sophie Alda will lead this course. Sophie studied at Brighton University, graduating in 2009 and currently lives and works between London and Bristol. She is an artist, designer, maker, facilitator and founding member of east London workshop co-operative Clay Collective. Her work spans co-operation, community organising and exploration of sculptural form. Her vessels and sculptures are all individually hand-built, painted and glazed, combining simple playful design, rich colour and a narrative twist. Read more

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Full fee
The full fee is paid by everyone who doesn’t qualify for the senior or concessionary fee.

Senior fee
If you are aged 65 years or over at the start of the course you are eligible to pay our reduced senior fee.

If you are aged 65 years or over with a household income of under £16,000 you are eligible for the concessionary fee. See below.

Concessionary fee*
The concessionary fee is available to attendees who are in receipt of the following:
• Pension or Savings Credit
• Aged 65+, with a household income of under £16,000
• Working Tax Credit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance
• Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment
• Incapacity Benefit
• Universal Credit
• Housing or Council Tax Benefit/Support
• Carers Allowance
• Child Tax Credit and have a household income of under £16,000
• Full-time students with NUS cards

*Information gathered from updated government guidance:

Terms and Conditions
• Booking on a course at Camden Arts Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement. These are available to read on our website and at the Bookshop.
• Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
• Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.
• All materials are provided.