‘Clay Brainstorming’ – Improvers 3½ day – 1st-4th July ’24

Papaver teabowlsNeedless to say, we absolutely love making pots! But in what ways is our travel 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. The ambition is for us to explore new and potentially unexpected ways of seeing and making. Although we will consider elements of refinement in our making, we will not be looking to develop polished, finished work. Students will use our high-quality stoneware clay for this experimentation. They will be encouraged and supported by Jem to utilise specific exercises to brainstorm, invent and to 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 cater for students at different levels of capability. However, applications are welcome only from students who are confidently already able to comfortably centre and lift-up 1 kilo or more of clay 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.

This course is specifically designed to advance new ideas and ways of wheel-throwing, as opposed to developing finished work. Students wishing to save pots made during the course will be invited to select a maximum of 6 ideas for bisque firing, priced at £2/lb, and as much work as you wish (within reason!) can be taken home green at £1.50/lb. The bisque can be picked up from the pottery Autumn/Winter 2024, or posted out to those further afield. Please note, no gloss firing is offered for work made during this particular course.

The 3½ day course begins on the afternoon of Monday 1st July 2024, 2-5pm, and completes at 4pm on Thursday 4th July. Tuition hours are otherwise 10am – 4pm. The studio is freely available for students to work outside of these hours, early or late. Petra’s 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.

To find out about availability or to book a place please visit the booking page.

If you are 30 yrs or under, and a Full-time student in Higher Education, or you are within your first year after having graduated, this course invites a 30% discount on the balancing payment. Which makes the course fee £435.00.