26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August 2021
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.
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?
Suitable for any level of experience.
What will be covered in the class?
This project based pottery workshop is for anyone who loves pottery. It’s offers you a relaxed opportunity to create and decorate a range of pottery pieces with support from ceramicist and print artist, Alondene.
During the course you will be able to learn a range of new hand building techniques, use moulds to make plates, bowls and vases or create your own shapes and vessels using quick and easy hand building techniques. If you want to try something different you could experiment with new ways of altering shapes created using basic slump and hump moulds, transforming them into unique new pieces or sculptures.
As well as creating new pieces of pottery your’ll be able to let your imagination go wild, learning how to achieve wonderful new finishes and surfaces by:
effectively layering and painting on clay,
learning how to add imagery, pattern and texture,
using and combing slips, underglaze and glazes
learning a few handy mark making techniques such as sgraffito and Mishima.
Alondene is keen to support you to bring your ideas into reality, supporting learners of all abilities to develop and build new skills week by week; factoring in time to play and experiment with these new materials and techniques and work on your own individual projects.
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.
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 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.