Intro to Ceramics
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PLEASE NOTE: Classes don't run on public holidays. Therefore, if a date within course falls on a public holiday, that week is skipped and the course is picked up the following week.
INTRO TO CERAMICS
New to ceramics or feeling a little rusty? Book into our 4-session beginners ceramics course. You will receive a comprehensive introduction to key ceramics techniques including throwing, trimming, hand-building and glazing. At the end of the course you will have 3-4 finished pieces. Once you have taken this course you can hone your new skills in our $39, 2-hour Returning Student Ceramics Sessions.
HAND BUILDING session:
This hand-building class introduces a broad approach to building functional clay objects. In this class you will:
- Be introduced to coil and slab techniques & other forming methods
- Learn an incredibly efficient technique for forming beautiful plates
- Make a piece (or two), which MakerSpace will bisque fire in preparation for your glazing session
Learn how to throw your own ceramics on a pottery wheel. By the end of this class you will have:
- Knowledge of pottery wheels and how to use them
- An understanding of the processes involved in throwing ceramics
- A piece (or two) ready to take into your trimming class
Retrieve the piece you threw last time and use trimming tools to finalise its shape and texture. By the end of this class you will:
- Know how to use trimming tools to give your work a refined shape and texture.
- Understand the processes involved in throwing and trimming ceramics
- Have a piece (or two) ready for your glazing session
This is the last step, put the final touches on your pieces with a layer of glaze. In this class you will learn:
- To select glazes and under-glazes
- How to prepare your work for glazing
- How to apply dip and brush-on glazes
PLEASE NOTE: No classes are run on public holidays - if a date in your term class falls on a public holiday, that week is skipped. We also don't provide make up classes for this course, so please make sure that you are able to commit to all four lessons.
COLLECTING YOUR WORK: Once your pieces have been glaze fired (usually within 3-4 weeks of your last class), you can come pick them up. We will email you when your work is ready. You will end this class with 3 or 4 beautiful and functional pots.
The class fee includes 8 hours tuition, materials, glazes and firing.
About our teachers:
Minji Song - Ceramics Manager - Monday & Tuesday night classes
Born and Raised in South Korea, Minji has a background in Fashion Design. She first began taking pottery classes then never stopped working with clay ever since!
She has been exposed to many different clay studios and artists in the United States, South Korea, and Australia adapting different techniques and skills in pottery. She likes to explore shapes, forms, and textures with clay especially on a wheel with her fine attention to details and design skills.
EJ Son - Weekend classes
EJ is a Sydney based artist born in 'the good Korea'. She studied her Honours majoring sculpture at the Sydney College of the Arts. She's recently shown her sculptures at the 541 Art space, The Other Art fair, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart and a solo show with Electrofringe. Her practice is experimental and cross disciplinary, combining different mediums such as performance, video and ceramics. She wasn’t always interested with wheel throwing, it was only when she had a humbling experience learning complexity of wheel throwing. She vividly dreamt of wheel throwing, waking up in confusion as her hands were clean and dry.
PLEASE NOTE when booking a class with MakerSpace &company you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
MakerSpace is an 18+ facility, and our classes and facilities are designed for adults.
The reality is that MakerSpace is simply not set up to accommodate children. For further information please click here: http://makerspace.org.au/book-classes/faq/
Unfortunately our new space cannot offer suitable wheelchair access. We are currently working on improving our facilities to make them accessible for all.
We have very limited parking spaces on Gerald Street so if you're driving here please allow time to look for parking on our street or nearby streets.
Students must wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and wear appropriate safety gear when using equipment. All students will be shown how to use appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).
MakerSpace &company and its tutors will provide training in how to use all equipment and relevant machinery and tools to students during the course. It is essential that no equipment or machinery be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
While all care will be taken, it is the responsibility of the student to follow all instructions and use all the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
What you will learn
- Knowledge of pottery wheels and how to use them
- An understanding of the processes involved in creating ceramic pieces
- How to make a piece (or two) ready to be fired
What you will get
- Expert tuition from an expert coach.
What to bring
- Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear
Casual (Warning: this might get messy)
Open to everyone interested!
A place for people to make things
Our agenda is to build a culture of innovation and excellence in Australian design, whilst strengthening the local community by bringing people together.
We are a place for locals to participate in the culture of making, and for visitors to experience the best in Australian Design across furniture, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, industrial design and more.
Cancellations & Refunds
You are entitled to a transfer or credit note.
- A refund can be requested 5 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$25.00 applies.
- A transfer can be requested anytime before the class starts. Free of charge.
- A credit note can be requested anytime before the class starts. Free of charge.
No changes will be allowed after these times.
We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.
Terms & Conditions
Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.
Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.