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.
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.