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Not sure if you want to learn wheel throwing or handbuilding?? This is the course for you!

Our unique six week Taster Course introduces students to the medium of clay by exploring both handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. The course starts with the fundamental handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building in which students can explore form and texture. Then students are taught the processes involved in wheel throwing, such as wedging clay, centering, throwing cylindrical and bowl forms and turning. The course will conclude with an overview of decorative techniques and their application. Ideal for beginners, this course will definitely give you a great 'taste' for clay!

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay (buff stoneware), use of wheel and tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products you may wish to explore further and is open during business hours. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.

Please bring along your own towel and/or apron

Week 1 -  What is clay? Learn the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching and coiling to make vessel forms.

Week 2 -  Learn various slab building techniques to create forms in clay.

Week 3 -  Introduction to throwing on the pottery wheel. Learn how to prepare and centre clay and make cylinder and bowl forms on the wheel.

Week 4 -  Learn how to turn/trim the bases of your wheel thrown pots.

Week 5 -  Learn how to decorate using slips and underglaze colours.  A brief tour of our pottery supplies shop and SMALLpieces Gallery

Week 6 -  Learn how to apply glazes for final decoration The methods of dipping, pouring and slip trailing will be covered.

Tutor Profile Dawn Vachon

Dawn Vachon is a Canadian born ceramic artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2004 Dawn has been studying and creating ceramics. She completed a four year Fine Arts Degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver) in 2008, with a focus on ceramics. Dawn's work has been featured in The Age, The Design Files and numerous magazines. Her work is stocked in SMALLpieces and Craft in Melbourne. Most recently Dawn has been invited to exhibit in 'Back to the Table: Tableware by Emerging Ceramic Artists', at Sturt Gallery, NSW. Dawn also teaches our Surface Safari one-day workshop.

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Class Schedule

Wednesday 13 April - 18 May 6pm-8.30pm

What you will learn
  • Introduction to clay
  • Fundamental hand building techniques
  • Techniques for throwing forms on the potter's wheel
What you will get
  • An understanding of a variety of hand building and wheel throwing techniques
  • Glazed and finished work to take home

What to bring
  • Towel and apron are essential
What to wear

This course is hands on, wear appropriate clothing. Covered shoes are a must.


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Northcote Pottery Supplies

Vendor sincce 2013

At Northcote Pottery Supplies we sell quality pottery materials including clay, glaze, tools and kiln products. We also offer a broad range of short courses, workshops and masterclasses for those wanting to expand their knowledge of ceramics. We are proud to house SMALLpieces, a retail space offering a wide variety of hand crafted ceramic ware produced by Australian artists and provide oppotunities through our resident artist, studio access and membership programs and firing service. All of these areas come together to promote ceramics, educate and inspire.

All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels.

For more information on our range of supplies, educational program or other services call 9387 3911 or visit www.northcotepotterysupplies.com.au

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Terms & Conditions

Please take the time to read through our conditions before you make your booking.

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

  • To secure your place in a course or one-day workshop we require full payment at the time of booking.
  • Payment can be made in store, over the phone, online, or by direct deposit.
  • Cancellations will forfeit the full fee. However, you may find a replacement to take your place.
  • We are unable to transfer bookings or offer make-up classes under any circumstances.
  • A minimum of five people are required to run courses and one-day workshops. Northcote Pottery Supplies reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of bookings is not reached. You will be notified at least one week prior to the class if cancellation is deemed necessary.

Requirements

Courses: Course fees include all materials and firing costs for the course. When collecting work after the completion of the course please bring your own box and packaging material.

One-Day Workshops: One-day workshop fees include all materials required for the workshop, unless otherwise stated in workshop outlines. Firing is NOT included in all one-day workshop fees, unless otherwise stated in the workshop outline. Northcote Pottery Supplies Firing Service is $9.00/kilo (minimum 2 kilos). Please bring your own box to take home work in progress.

Clothing: All course and workshops are hands on, please wear appropriate clothing (that you are prepared to get dirty!), covered shoes are essential.

Bring: YOUR OWN TOWEL AND/OR APRON TO CLASS. This is especially important for wheel throwing courses and workshops.

Firing of work: We take extreme care with your work but accidents do happen and we are unable to guarantee that all your work will be successfully fired.

Work created: items created during a course or workshop will be kept for one month from the last day of the course. If work is not collected within this time it will be disposed of.

Returning students: Students who are returning (directly from the previous course) are eligible for a 10% discount on the course fee. This applies to four and six week courses only. It is the responsibility of the student to inform staff they are eligible for this discount when making payment. We are unable to give retrospective discounts.

Refreshments: Tea and coffee are freely available all day. Saturday workshops tend to work through the lunch break please consider bringing your lunch to maximise contact with the tutor. There are also cafes located on Lygon Street within, short walking distance from Northcote Pottery Supplies.

Parking: Angle parking is available across the road from Northcote Pottery Supplies. Be careful not to park in time limited spaces.

Tutors: All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels unless otherwise stated in the outline. Our workshop tutors actively seek feedback from participants during class. If you have further questions about our workshops please contact us on 03 9387 3911 or email info@northcotepotterysupplies.com.au

Mailing List: When you book into a course with Northcote Pottery Supplies you will be added to our mailing list and be notified of upcoming courses, one-day workshops, masterclasses and special events. You are able to unsubscribe at any time.

NORTHCOTE POTTERY SUPPLIES

142 - 144 WESTON STREET BRUNSWICK EAST 3057

(Phone) 03 9387 3911 (Fax) 03 9387 4011

info@northcotepotterysupplies.com.au

www.northcotepotterysupplies.com.au

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Jessica

17 March 2016 • Clay Taster Wednesday 6pm-8.30pm

The overall experience was great and thoroughly enjoyable. Especially having Dawns music to listen to while we worked - it helped create a pleasurable environment. Dawn is a very good teacher with clear explanations and wit to make it all round a fun experience. Looking forward to coming back for another course soon.