Hand built ceramic vessel constructed with paper clay patches (Paula Cullen), Dublin based weekend course. Fired later to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

FAQs – Courses

The FAQs below should cover most course queries.

The Weekly Class and Weekend Course pages also have a lot of info.

  • You can pay by cash, bank transfer, credit or debit card (over the phone) and by PayPal – whichever is easier for you.
  • All classes/workshops are payable in advance.  Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable and 48 hours notice is required for cancellation.  Full terms and conditions.
  • Please remember to confirm availability by email before paying your deposit by PayPal.

***For security reasons please do not send your Debit or Credit Cards details to me by email or text.***

If your voucher is out of date please contact me and I’m sure we will be able to sort something out.  If you lost the original voucher I can check my records and trace it for you.

If you already have a voucher and courses are full please email me and I will put you on the waiting list.

Yes, provided there is a place available in the course, to check availability please email me.

Please note weekly courses are particularly busy at the moment but you will be placed on a waiting list.  Update: All weekly classes are currently full and a waiting list applies.

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The fee is €170 and includes all materials, glazes, firing of the pieces and use of equipment and tools.   The fee less any deposit paid is due at the first class.

Please note that classes run over 6 consecutive weeks.  Full details on course content, etc. is on the Weekly Classes page.

No, we specialise in hand-built ceramics in all my courses.  Throwing on the wheel is not available.

We cover the following hand building methods: press moulds, hump moulds, slab building, soft slabbing, coiling, pinching, patches, quilting, modelling – tailoring the method to your individual project.  Your approach can be sculptural or functional, representational or abstracted – the choice is yours and in the small class size I offer – you will be guided right through the project from building to decorating to glazing.

Please note: Quilting and Patches are only covered in weekend courses.

michelle_maher_ceramic_formsNo, classes are ongoing all year round.  We don’t start new courses in September or January you can join a class at any time, provided a space is available.  If courses are full you will be placed on a waiting list.

Ceramic wall piece by Justin O'Connor. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #cone8 #glaze #texture #markmaking #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicformsEvenings and mornings weekly courses do not start on set dates.  Ceramic courses run all year round so you can join at any time as long as there is a place available.  However, all weekly pottery classes are currently full and a waiting list applies.

Places do come up but weekly classes are very busy recently so the current evening class wait time is about 18+ months and for Tuesday mornings it’s longer – 20+ months.

Please fill in this contact form if you would like to be placed on the waiting list – I will definitely get you a place – it’ll just take some time!  Apologies for the delay.

Yes, due to the small class size everyone works on individual projects at their own level and pace.  The classes are tailored to develop your skills to whatever level you want to achieve.  Some of my students have studied Art or Ceramics at University level and now attend the classes to enhance their 3-D skills in clay.

I run workshops on a Saturday and/or Sunday once a month, all year round.  You can attend for 1 or 2 days.  I announce the dates for the workshop a number of months in advance.  Weekend schedule is available here.

Please note weekend courses are really popular at the moment – very early booking is really recommended, weekend courses often sell out!

Day 1

While the weekend courses have specific topics listed, I take an individual approach with everyone so if you are a complete beginner or haven’t worked with clay for a long time to introduce/reintroduce you to ceramics I’d start you on what’s called a press-mould bowl.

The press-mould (this is a plaster mould in a particular shape that we form the clay into) is a great way to get used to the clay and tools etc. and you’ll get to learn a lot without the worry of what is it!  At any rate it’s a decent sized bowl (about 30cm diameter) and we have a few designs you can choose from.

Then this bowl can be used to explore some decorating techniques such as coloured slip decoration and other methods like carving, cutting, splashing, modelling, resists or the use of mixed media with slips.

That bowl usually takes about one day to complete.  If time permits you can do another small piece on day one or prep. for day two depending on your chosen option.

After decorating, the bowl will be dried naturally and then biscuit fired in the kiln and then glazed at a later date and collected after the second glaze firing. This can take 6-8 weeks depending on the firing schedule and what glazing option you choose.

Normally people attend a one off night class to glaze their pieces, a single class is €28.

Hand built bowl with Sgraffito surface decoration at Dublin based ceramic course. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Day 2

If you are doing a second day you would work on another piece of your own choice – depending on the course theme this could be a lamp, jug, wall piece, vase, garden piece, sculpture – the list goes on!  We can discuss your area of interest on the day.

Yes, it is on the 37 bus route from Dublin City Centre.  The journey takes about 45-75 minutes, depending on traffic.  I will send further details after you book your class.

Always check that I am available before travelling.  Please note it is a private studio, I’m afraid I cannot accommodate drop-ins.

After you book a place on a course I will send you full directions by email.  Always check that I am available before travelling.   Please note it is a private studio, I’m afraid I cannot accommodate drop-ins.

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