Ceramic Print: Self Initiated Ceramic Projects for Everyone with Alondene Phillips

Five Week Creative Course

Photograph Sagar Kharecha


Term 1
11, 18, 25 January; 1 and 8 February 2023 

Term 2
22, 29 February; 8, 15 and 22 March 2023


Gift vouchers available

Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
All skill levels welcome.

What will be covered in the class?
Maybe you have seen the Great pottery showdown and want to give ceramics a go, maybe you have already started your journey with ceramics and want to learn some new techniques. Maybe you tried a You Tube video but it didn’t work out as you expected. This is a great course for anyone wishing to begin or continue their journey with ceramics.

During the course  you will have the opportunity to discover new approaches to the making and  decoration of ceramics either through hand-building or for those with some experience, through access to the pottery wheels.   All levels are welcome.

This is a relaxed course that supports you to develop  new skills each week through the use of demonstrations and individual support, whilst also encouraging you to experiment with new techniques and work on your own individual projects. The course will cover hand building techniques and explore ways to alter forms and create interesting new shapes and surfaces.

During the course   you will have the opportunity to pick and play with a range of techniques and processes:  

  1. Learn about slip transfers methods, slip trailing and screen printing on clay.
  2. Create basic decals and how to apply them.
  3. Learn  how to successfully incorporate  sgraffito and Mishima in your work
  4. Learn how to layer and play with glazes, underglazes and engobes to create interesting new surfaces and textures.
  5. Create a set of texturing tools that you can use again and again to add unique textures and pattern to your ceramic surfaces
  6. Create a basic sprig mould to add repeatable 3D shapes as accents and detail
  7. Learn how to manipulate ceramic hump and slump moulds to create new interesting  forms
  8. For those with basic wheel skills, access  the pottery wheels to continue to build skills
  9. Create simple paper patterns that enable you to easily create and recreate new ceramic forms
  10. Alter forms through techniques such as darting and manipulating the clay at different stages of dying process.

What will I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a sketchbook to draw designs and make notes.

Aprons or coveralls should be worn at all times, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes.

Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected / unwanted work at the end of term.

Alondene Phillips is a print, textiles and ceramics artist. With over a decade of experience refining her practice, Alondene’s unique and experimental approach to print and surface design enables students to enhance their practice and develop their own unique style. In  honing her craft it has been about playing with manipulating form and using  textile and print making background to expand techniques in ceramic surface design.  Alondene is knowledgeable and experienced but best of all is open to experimentation and skillfully guides her students to push boundaries and have faith in their creative abilities. @alondenephillipsceramics

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* We offer a limited number of spaces on each course at a 30% discount for those in receipt of income support such as Universal Credit and Carers Allowance. Please contact us directly for to obtain a discount code to apply at checkout. (Proof of eligibility required).
Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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