Project-Based Ceramics for Everyone
Surface Design And The Altered Form with Alondene Phillips

Ten Week Creative Course

Photograph by Allondene Phillips


15, 22, 29 September; 6, 13, 20 October; 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 2021

Half Term: 25–29 October 2021 (no teaching)


We are booking up to 8 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 4 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course. 

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. This is a great course for anyone with a basic knowledge of ceramics or those who want to try out some different approaches to decorating their work or hand building their ceramics.

What will be covered in the class?
On this fun new ten week course, you’ll have the opportunity to build on existing hand building techniques, explore ways to alter forms and create interesting new shapes.  You will also learn how to bring your surfaces alive with interesting surface design techniques such as print on clay, sprig and texture work, slip trailing, sgraffito, Mishima, inlay and slip transfer techniques. This relaxed course supports you to develop and build new skills week by week whilst also allowing you time to play and experiment with these new techniques and work on your own individual projects. 

On this course you will discover how to:
  • Create texturing tools that you can use again and again to add unique textures and pattern to your ceramic surfaces
  • Learn how to apply sgraffito, Mishima and sprigs, create new clays surfaces inlaying clay and slip trailing, as well as stencilling and printing on clay. 
  • Create a silkscreen print to make your own transfer papers.   
  • Learn how to manipulate ceramic hump and slump moulds to create unique new shapes and learn to alter forms through techniques such as darting and manipulating the clay at different stages of the dying process. 
  • Create a small mould which you’ll be able to make a small sprig to use to embellish your ceramics forms.

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.

Each student will receive 10kg bag of clay for the 10 week term, but if you would like more, this can be purchased through Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).

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  Ceramics and Surface Design. Her practice focusses on using  print making 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.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use.

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we will be restricting kiln firings to a maximum of 6kg (raw clay) of work per student per term.

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
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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