Description

Have you had some experience with clay and glaze, but want to know more? Are you uncertain about available decorative techniques? Don't know what the terms 'sgraffito' or 'mishima entail?

In this one-day workshop with Dawn Vachon participants will introduced to a wide array of decorative techniques and decorating materials for stoneware. Through demonstrations participants will be shown how to apply these techniques and discover their potential for creating interesting surfaces. This workshop allows participants to explore and experiment. Our aim is for participants to aquire knowledge and confidence to continue developing their ceramic surfaces into the future. The following techniques will be explored, on leatherhard or bisque tiles. These tiles will be fired for students to keep.

Slip - making slip, stains in slip, texture, trailing, painting, marbling, sgraffito, inlay, mishima. 

Underglazes - painting, paper resist, sgraffito, sponging, including ceramic pencils.

Glazing - dipping, pouring, brushing, layering, cold wax resist, latex, overglaze painting with stains and oxides.

Lustres - application.

IMPORTANT: This workshop is best suited to participants with some previous experience with ceramics, such as those that have completed a six week course, or equivalent. This workshop focuses on stoneware surfaces. This is an exploratory workshop for experimenting with a range of surface techniques. Students should not expect to get resolved finished items. If you have any questions please call us on (03) 9387 3911.

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 currently teaches our six week Taster Course at Northcote Pottery Supplies.

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Class Schedule

Saturday 9 April 9.30am-3.30pm

What you will learn
  • How to use a variety of decorative techniques
  • Develop confidence in developing ceramic surfaces
  • Painting, marbling, sgraffito, resist techniques and more!
What you will get
  • A great knowledge base of decorative options
  • Fired sample tiles exploring a wide array of decorative effects

What to bring
  • Notepad and pen
  • Apron
What to wear

This workshop is hands-on, please 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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Rosie

12 April 2016 • Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon

Dawn's class was so informative. I learned so many surface decorating techniques both on bisque ware, leatherhard clay and even glazed items. The whole day was so much fun and I went home with so many ideas and now much more understanding of what I can do to decorate my pieces. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to explore the next step. Dawn is a great teacher.

Adrienne

20 November 2015 • Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon

The class was great in re-establishing the basics of glazing which I found handy as a refresher. There was a lot of new information to take in (& I definitely took notes frantically throughout!) I learnt many new tequniques & Dawn was great in showing us little tips & tricks to better our practice. I left with the enthusiasm to try new methods & new glazes Iv never tried before. The only thing I might suggest is that perhaps it would be nice to see how some of the example tiles turn out - Could the example tiles made by Dawn in the workshop be fired and photos emailed to participants for future reference? Also, it would have been nice to receive a discount on purchases made from the shop on the day...

Ellyn

19 November 2015 • Surface Safari with Dawn Vachon

Surface Safari with Dawn was a really great taster course. I got lots of great ideas and discovered new ways of working with glazes, stains and lustres (to name a few). Really great techniques that I can bring into my classroom!

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