Aidan Mackinnon from Cut Throat Knives - @cutthroataustralia - wields a sharp knife and gives a sharp talk too! He will discuss some of the finer points of knife-making and demonstrate sharpening techniques you can use at home to keep your knives in the best possible condition.
The knife is the oldest tool in a chef's armoury - older even than the management of fire, by somewhere between a million and two million years. Even at the earliest stages of human tool making, man was not randomly slashing at his food, but making careful decisions about which cuts to make with which tools. Knives are often our primary interaction between ourselves and our food.
Bladesmith Aidan Mackinnon is part of a new generation of knife makers, focusing on creating high-end bespoke kitchen tools for avid home cooks and chefs.
Aidan handcrafts all the knives in his shop. Starting with a hunk of steel and a slab of wood he works to create beautiful knives that perform at the very highest level for a lifetime of service and enjoyment. Each Knife spends 15-20 hours in his hands.
Aidan uses a variety of steels, high carbon and stainless, chosen because they excel in the kitchen environment. The handles are made with Australian hardwoods and are sealed with a variety of oils and wax to bring out the beauty of the burl.
Quality has no substitute; throwaway culture deserves disposal; and time-honoured skills are worthy of recognition.
Come along to hear and see Aidan talk and demonstrate some of his skills!
- See a demo and learn some tips from an expert about knife sharpening
- Hear Aidan discuss all things SHARP!
- New knowledge and awareness about knives!
- Bring your eager self
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Slow Clay Centre specialises in ceramics education and offers an extensive variety of ceramics and pottery classes throughout the year. Classes are offered on a weekly basis by the term, intensive weekends and short courses, and a rich variety of one-day guest artist workshops and forums. Catering for mostly adults, from beginners to advanced, we also have a Professional Development Program for serious practitioners. And some kid's classes so everyone can learn the art of working with clay! Our enrolled students have priority to re-enrol each term and take advantage of our generous loyalty program providing free studio access (conditions apply). In this way we can help you to develop your skills to a high level.
Our unique "Slow Clay" method (TM) for teaching the pottery wheel, established by Slow Clay Centre director and ceramic artist Jane Sawyer, has been taught for more than twenty five years. Based on the Japanese techniques Jane studied as an apprentice in Japan, in combination with western techniques, the "Slow Clay" method offers a synthesis of East and West. It provides ergonomic best-practice and a solid foundation for personal expression and confidence with clay. All our courses offer skill-based learning within a rich framework of contemporary art and design enquiry.
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- Deposit or full payment (depending on the course/workshop/event) must be made at the time of booking.
- Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, we can hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the price is higher).
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Clay Club: Kid's Holiday 2xhalf-day pottery course
from AU$175.00 Clay Club: Kid's Holiday 2xhalf-day pottery courseThu, 02 Jul 9:30AM (AEST)