Courses

Clay-Brainstorming – 3½ day Improvers – 28th June-1st July 2022

Ken BrainstormingNeedless to say, we absolutely love making pots! But in what ways is our journey enriched with the fresh enquiry of ideas? This course seeks to provide ideas for risk taking and creating new outcomes, which may then become individual to you, to try and help you to develop unexpected ways of seeing and making. Students will use our high-quality stoneware clay for this experimentation. They will be encouraged and supported by Jeremy to explore specific exercises to brainstorm, invent and expand upon new work. Students can choose whether or not they’d prefer to work within the framework of particular functional items, but the course will be less driven by design and preconceived end product, and rather more by playfulness and the materials and processes of soft clay, slip and wheel-throwing.

It will be expected that students attending this course will already have some experience in wheel throwing. The course will obviously cater for students at different levels of capability. However, applications are welcome only from students who are confidently already able to centre and to comfortably lift-up 2 or more pounds of clay (1 kilo) into an upright shape.

The studio invites a maximum of 9 students for this course. Each participant will enjoy unlimited access to our high-quality stoneware clay, and to a power wheel for the full duration. The wheel models are predominantly Fitzwilliam Rayefcos along with a couple of Alsagers. There is a Saviac kick-wheel if anyone prefers to treadle their way to brainstorming bliss!

Whilst this course is specifically designed to advance skill base and new ideas, as opposed to developing finished work, students will be invited to select and leave behind a maximum of 2 pieces to gloss-fire in one of Jeremy’s wood-salt kilns, at a price of £4/lb. A maximum of 4 further pots or ideas may be selected for bisque firing, priced at £1.50/lb and as much work as you wish can be taken home green at £1/lb.

The course begins on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th June, 2-5pm, and completes at 4pm on Friday 1st July. Tuition hours are otherwise 10am – 4pm. The studio is freely available for students to work outside of these hours, early or late. Fabulous home-made vegetarian lunches along with morning and afternoon refreshments are included in the price of this course.

More information about Jeremy Steward is available on the Tutors Pages.

This course is now fully booked for Summer 2022. Nearer to the date of our Summer schools season, we often receive cancellations, so if you are interested in joining this course, please visit the booking page and register your details. You will then be added to a reserve list and contacted in the situation of a place becoming available.