Ceramic Print: Self initiated Ceramic Projects for Everyone with Alondene Phillips
Ten Week Creative Course
21, 28 September
5, 12, 19 October
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2022
Half Term: 26 October 2022 (no teaching)
Gift vouchers available
Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
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:
- Learn about slip transfers methods, slip trailing and screen printing on clay.
- Create basic decals and how to apply them.
- Learn how to successfully incorporate sgraffito and Mishima in your work
- Learn how to layer and play with glazes, underglazes and engobes to create interesting new surfaces and textures.
- Create a set of texturing tools that you can use again and again to add unique textures and pattern to your ceramic surfaces
- Create a basic sprig mould to add repeatable 3D shapes as accents and detail
- Learn how to manipulate ceramic hump and slump moulds to create new interesting forms
- For those with basic wheel skills, access the pottery wheels to continue to build skills
- Create simple paper patterns that enable you to easily create and recreate new ceramic forms
- 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 by carefully considering what is they make using an allowance of up-to 6kg of raw clay per term. Clay is allocated at the discretion of the tutor.
Alondene Phillips originally studied a BA (Hons) in Printed Textile Design. During her BA she had the opportunity to study ceramics and rediscovered a lifelong passion. She has continued to study ceramics over the past 12 years and in 2017 returned to study an MA in Fine Art with a focus on Ceramics and Surface Design. Her practice focusses on using printmaking and surface design techniques to explore different possibilities and push boundaries. As a tutor Alondene aims to open up possibilities for her students and enable them to develop new skills and techniques that will inform and enhance their practice.