Ceramics - Altered Form and Surfaces with Alondene Philips

Five week Creative Course



Student sitting in the Ceramic studio at the workbench using a hand tool with wet clay. Photograph by Cat Lane

Wednesdays
6.30–9pm


Dates
28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August 2021

Cancelled


Spaces
We are booking up to 12 people on this course, on the understanding that from 21 June all social distancing measures will be relaxed. If this is not the case, we will ask the last 6 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course. 

Safety
We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Gift vouchers available

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for any level of experience.

What will be covered in the class?
This fun, relaxed 5-week course is great for anyone with a basic knowledge of ceramics or those who want to try out some different approaches to hand building. Students will have the opportunity to progress through existing hand building techniques while exploring ways to alter forms and create interesting new shapes and surfaces.

Alondene will support learners to develop and build new skills week by week; factoring in time to play and experiment with these new techniques and work on students’ own individual projects. 

On this course you will discover how to:

  1. Create a set of texturing tools that you can use again and again to add unique textures and pattern to your ceramic surfaces.
  2. Create a basic sprig mould to add repeatable 3D shapes as accents and detail.
  3. Use ceramic hump and slump moulds to create basic forms that can then be manipulated into unique new vessels.
  4. Create simple paper patterns that enable you to easily create and recreate new ceramic forms.
  5. Alter forms through techniques such as darting and manipulating the clay at different stages of the drying process.

Each student will receive 5kg of clay for the 5-week term, but if you would like more, this can be purchased through Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

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.

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

Tutor 
Alondene Phillips originally studied a BA (Hons) in Printed Textile Design. During her BA she had the opportunity to study ceramics and discovered a lifelong passion. She has continued to study ceramics over the past 8 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 the  print making and surface design techniques to explore different techniques 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.

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.

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 refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
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