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Beginners Clay Class | Term Four, 2019

Clay is a great medium with which to explore sculptural forms or make bowls, platters and cups for your favourite foods and drink. Learn basic hand-building techniques. We will also explore some simple but effective ways to create interesting textural / decorative surfaces. Students with previous experience working with clay are welcome to join this class and work more independently if space permits.

Content

* Understand and follow best practice guidelines
* Get to know different types of clay and firing techniques
* Basic knowledge of hand-building construction techniques - pinch pots, coiling and slab
* In the first four weeks we will explore a different technique with a focus tutorial undertaken each morning
* In the afternoon slot you will be free to expand and develop your ideas using the skills learnt in the morning sessions

Objectives

* Follow best practice guidelines
* Gain insight into different types of clay and firing techniques through experiential learning, verbal discussions and demonstrations
* Gain a working knowledge of hand-building techniques - pinch pots, coiling and slab building
* Begin exploration of surface treatment and embellishment using coloured slips, underglazes and basic glazes

Outcomes

* A working knowledge of some of the different types of clay and firing techniques as well as knowledge of a variety of basic hand-building techniques - pinch pots, coiling and slab
* An understanding of some finishing techniques
* Use of best practice guidelines

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Class Type: Mains Class
Tutor: Mel Ford
  • Every Friday (21 Oct - 06 Dec)
  • 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Materials cost: Dependent on the amount of materials you require. See Materials shop for prices. $30 firing fee
    Casual Students: $525.00 + materials
  • Hot Arts 2 – Ceramics / Wax
  • 12 (Max number of students)
Required Materials:
* One 10 kg bag of stoneware clay - available from the school materials shop, (or other suitable clay of your own - please ensure you discuss this with your tutor before the class starts)
* Dust mask
* An apron (or work shirt) is recommended