This short course will introduce you to working with clay using a mixture of demonstration and practice.

You will learn how to prepare clay to produce work using pinch/coil or slab methods. You will produce a vessel which you will use

coloured slip to the surface and apply decoration ready to dry and fire. 

Suitable for those who would like to become reacquainted with, or use new material to create a three-dimensional object.

Tutor: Kim Whelton 

My main passion is to help and encourage others irrespective of their perceived ability to embrace creativity. Ceramics is my first love and to be able to impart some of my knowledge and passion for the material and its many wonders is very important to me.

Colour, form and abstraction in reflection have always been a major curiosity in my creative thinking. The investigation of this has taken me to ceramics and through many mediums including photography and all the while working with captured images, I have come full circle and am investigating how to recreate my images in ceramic form and glaze. The fuel and sympathy in this body of work have come from the past decade of working closely with individuals across all age groups and how mental health manifests from experiences and pressures put on ourselves and by others as well as suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Drawing from these interactions, I am working to create vulnerability and strength encapsulated by form and surface.

My work is largely thrown and altered with layers of glaze from multiple firings.

Tickets: £30 per session 

Session(s): Wednesday 10 August 10.30am-1.30pm and Wednesday 17 August, 10.30am-1.30pm 

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