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Weekend Ceramic Courses & Workshops

2017

***Book very early – courses usually Sell Out!***

Update:  All Weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!  

Please contact me to be placed on the weekend waiting list.  

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How do the weekend ceramic courses work?

Course fees include all materials (clay & decorating slips), use of equipment/tools, glazes & firing, as well as lunch and refreshments.

2017 Weekend Ceramic Course Schedule

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Figure modelled by Marguerite Redmond at Dublin based ceramics weekend course. Combustible mixed media detail (textile) on head piece, copper glaze. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

12 & 13 November 2016

Human Head in Clay

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

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

10 & 11 December 2016

Hand Built Forms with Paper Clay

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

28 & 29 January 2017

Ceramic Origami

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Studio process shot of ceramic sculpture 'Coccolithospores' by Michelle Maher. This ceramic sculpture was made using my own cranked paper clay body. The piece was inspired by a microscopic algae organisms the Coccolithospore & was hand built by overlapping paper clay patches. High fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

25 & 26 February 2017

 Paper Clay Patches

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Hand built porcelain candle holders at Dublin based ceramic course. www.ceramicforms.com

25 & 26 March 2017

Porcelain Paper Clay

Advanced Only!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Ceramic turtle by Lorraine O'Connor. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #cone8 #glaze #oxide #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

29 & 30 April 2017

Animal Sculpture

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Mono-Printing & Paper Clay Casting Slip (Herle Mette Andersen), Dublin based weekend course. Electric fired to 1100°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

27 & 28 May 2017

 Mono-Printing

Advanced Only!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Coil built lantern by Ursula Tuite using crank clay body at Dublin based Tuesday morning Ceramic course. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Date TBC – June 2017

Lamps & Lanterns

All Levels Welcome

Booking in January 2017

Ceramic turtle by Lorraine O'Connor. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #cone8 #glaze #oxide #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

Date TBC – July 2017

Form & Surface

All Levels Welcome

Booking in January 2017

In my ceramic courses we combine ancient hand building methods with modern innovations in ceramics such as combustible mixed media, glass and paper clay.

Ceramic Origami: The Folded Line in Clay

28 & 29 January 2017 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €95 1 Day or €180 2 Days.

Suitable for all levels – beginners and improvers.

Course is FULL – Waiting list applies.

“Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture.  In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.  The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper (or clay!) into a finished sculpture (object or vessel) through folding and sculpting techniques.”  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origami.

To allow for greater flexibility we will use paper clay to create our ceramic origami pieces.

Number of participants: 7.

What is Paper Clay?

Paper clay is any ceramic clay body with paper fibre added to it in quantities starting at 5%.  The tiny molecular structure of the paper pulp does not interfere with the structure of the clay, but offers wonderful flexibility when working.  During the biscuit firing the paper burns away leaving a pure ceramic form albeit a lighter clay body.

Hand building with Paper Clay Patches

25 & 26 February 2017 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €95 1 Day or €180 2 Days.

Course is FULL – Waiting list applies.

Using my own paper clay body we will construct vessels, objects, animals, figures or sculptures by over lapping patches of paper clay to create really interesting forms.  The patches themselves can be any shape, size or form – such as strips, circles, squares, rectangles, leaves, torn pieces of clay or animals like fish/birds etc.

Suitable for all levels – beginners and improvers.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board, Ceramic Paper Clay Patches.

What is Paper Clay?

Paper clay is any ceramic clay body with paper fibre added to it in quantities starting at 5%.  The tiny molecular structure of the paper pulp does not interfere with the structure of the clay, but offers wonderful flexibility when working.  During the biscuit firing the paper burns away leaving a pure ceramic form albeit a lighter clay body.

Hand building ceramics with paper clay patches (Paula Cullen), Dublin based weekend course. Red Iron Oxide finish. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Ceramic Sculpture Inspired by Animals

29 & 30 April 2017 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €95 1 Day or €180 2 Days.

Suitable for all levels – beginners and improvers.

Course is FULL – Waiting list applies.

Taking inspiration from the animal kingdom both on land and sea and taking it step-by-step, we will explore an animal of choice through the medium of clay.  Our approach can be abstracted or representational.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of animal inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards – I have boards on Fish, Chickens/Hens, Birds and general Animals.

Horse modelled by Cathy Cooper at Dublin based ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Mono-Printing & Paper Clay Casting Slip (Herle Mette Andersen), Dublin based weekend course. Electric fired to 1100°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Mono-Printing & Paper Clay Casting Slip

27 & 28 May 2017 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €95 1 Day or €180 2 Days.

***Suitable for improvers and advanced only***

Course Details – in this workshop we are combining printing techniques (specifically mono-printing); slip casting with liquid clay onto a plaster batt (plaster slab) and the construction of pieces using soft-slabs of clay.

Borrowing techniques from printing and using underglazes / engobes and mark marking processes we will ‘decorate’ & paint the plaster batts before casting a thin paper clay slab onto the plaster.  The painting/design will transfer from the plaster batt onto the cast slab thus creating a mono-printing!  These slabs can they be cut to create various vessels and objects which will showcase our slip design.  The pieces are fired to 1100°C.

This course is both challenging and exciting, a very different way to create ceramics – a very cool process! This workshop has been hugely popular with students – not to be missed!

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards Mono-Printing & Paper Clay Casting Slip and Pattern Ideas… Ceramic Surface Decoration.

What is Paper Clay?

Paper clay is any ceramic clay body with paper fibre added to it in quantities starting at 5%.  For the Mono-Prints we start with a liquid paper clay (paper slip).  The tiny molecular structure of the paper pulp does not interfere with the structure of the slip, but offers wonderful flexibility when constructing our vessels, otherwise working with such thin clay slabs is very difficult.  During the biscuit firing the paper burns away leaving a pure ceramic form albeit a lighter clay body.

How the Weekend Courses Work…

| Part 2 |

Course details…

| Part 4 |

When can I join?

| Part 5 |

How can I join?

Hen coil built and decorated with slips by Bernie Walsh at Dublin based Tuesday morning ceramic course. www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 1 |     How the weekend courses work…

→ Come and learn how to make hand built ceramics with an award winning artist in a purpose built, bright, modern, fully equipped studio in Castleknock, Dublin.

→ For most weekend courses all levels are welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to a maximum of 7 to ensure individual attention.  Please note: Porcelain Paper Clay and Mono-Printing with Paper Clay Casting Slip are both advanced courses – not suitable for beginners.

→ There is a relaxed & friendly atmosphere where first-class tuition is guaranteed.  Pottery is a great way to relax and de-stress while learning a new skill.

→ Please note weekend courses are very popular and often sell out – very early booking is essential. ***Update: All weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

| Part 2 |     Course Details…

→ 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.

→ Weekend courses are generally based around a particular topic e.g. Hand Built Forms in Paper Clay.  However, if you are a beginner to ceramics I will tailor the course so that you starter project is something manageable like a large bowl.

→ There is a strong emphasis in the courses on good construction methods, excellent finish and on first-rate decorating techniques; we use coloured slips as well as a wide palette of glazes.  As you can see from the Gallery of Student’s Work the results speak for themselves!  Almost all of my students started with me as beginners to clay.

→ We only use the best quality stoneware clay (including paper clay and porcelain at select weekend courses); as well as a wide range of coloured decorating slips and glazes.

→ Course fees include all materials (clay & decorating slips), use of equipment/tools, glazes & firing, as well as lunch and refreshments.

→ Large library of ceramic books and magazines available that students can refer to for inspiration etc.  There is also lots on ceramic inspiration on my Pinterest  page.

→ Please note weekend courses are very popular and often sell out – very early booking is essential. ***Update: All weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

Coiled & modelled sculpture by Claire Kavanagh at Dublin based Tuesday evening pottery course. A painterly approach was taken with decorating slips. Later fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Porcelain night light holder by Paula Cullen at Dublin based ceramic course. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 3 |     Who can join the classes?

→ For most weekend courses all levels are welcome from complete beginners to more advanced students and class numbers are limited to a maximum of 7 to ensure individual attention.  So whether you are a total beginner, an improver or have been working with clay for years there is a place for you in these classes.  Please note: Porcelain Paper Clay and Mono-Printing with Paper Clay Casting Slip are both advanced courses – not suitable for beginners.

→ Please note weekend courses are very popular and often sell out – very early booking is essential. ***Update: All weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ Contrary to what you might think you do not have to be “creative” to do pottery or ceramics.  All you need is a willingness to learn and I will teach you the rest!  After all, “genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”

Figure modelled by Lorraine Kelly in crank clay body at Dublin based Tuesday morning pottery course. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Collection of glazed student pieces at Dublin based ceramic class. Jug and teapot by Anna Turpin, spirit house by Rosemarie Connolly. All electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 4 |     When can I join?

→ Well that depends!  You can join at any time as long as there is a place available.  For the latest info on Weekend Course availability click here or you can email me to check what places are available.

→ Please note weekend courses are very popular and often sell out – very early booking is essential. ***Update: All weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ If a weekend course is Sold Out, a waiting list for cancellation applies – please email me with your name and contact details if you wish to be placed on the weekend cancellation list.

→ There is a Weekend Course every month – courses run all year round so no withdrawal symptoms over the summer months!

| Part 5 |     How can I join?

→ First, you need to be offered a place!  Prior booking is essential for all weekend courses.  If you want to attend a particular weekend course please email me to check availability.  Dates and list of Sold Out courses above.

→ If a weekend course is Sold Out, a waiting list for cancellation applies – please email me with your name and contact details if you wish to be placed on the weekend cancellation list.  ***Update: All weekend courses up to May 2017 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ After you are offered a place on a course I will ask you to pay a booking deposit to hold the spot.

→ If two people wish to attend a weekend course  together really early booking is recommended!

→ You can attend 1 or 2 days – it’s up to you.  1 day course is €95 or  2 days is €180.  Course fees include all materials (clay & decorating slips), use of equipment/tools, glazes & firing, as well as lunch and refreshments.

→ The booking deposit to hold a place is €45 for 1 day course or €80 for 2 day course.  The course fee less the deposit paid is due at the first class.

→ There is no deposit required for being placed on the waiting/cancellation list.

→ After booking please note that all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Terms and Conditions and Payment Methods for courses are available in the FAQ section.

Mono-Printing & Paper Clay Casting Slip (Herle Mette Andersen), Dublin based weekend course. Electric fired to 1100°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

| Part 6 | It’s all about the surface…

Combustible Mixed Media

A keen area of interest in the studio is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.

Essentially, this is adding combustible and non-combustible materials to the clay as a way to enhance surface decoration.  After firing in the kiln the magic happens as the mixed media item burns away or is altered leaving amazing patterns and textures in the slip or clay that is left behind.

Combustible materials we might add are things like paper, wood, textiles, grains, seeds, plaster, poly balls & plant materials like moss.  Non-combustibles would be materials like grogs, perlite and recycled glass.  All theses materials make amazing patterns and textures in clay.

Mixed media materials as well as all other materials like slips, clay, glazes, firing, use of tools are included in the course fees.

Students of all levels can explore combustible mixed media.

Surface Decoration

Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!

Whether its resists such as wax, paper or latex or coloured slip decoration like marbling, stencilling, spotting, feathering, sponging, slip trailing or maybe you’d like to try glazes with different finishes like gloss, reactive, crystalline, matt, satin or dry.  We have 60 + glazes available to students.

Beautiful mark marking can also be achieved by impressing with wallpaper, stones, shells, leaves, bark, textured rollers or fabric.  In addition,  surface techniques like inlaying, combing, sgraffito, carving, cutting, impressing, piercing, burnishing, modelling in relief, clay stamps or terra sigillata – can also be achieved.

Students of all levels can explore these surface decoration techniques.

Toad modelled by Herle Mette Andersen at Dublin based ceramics weekend workshop. Texture was achieved by sponging decorating slips and impressing the clay with a textured stone. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Coil built jug by Annie O'Neill in crank clay body at Dublin based Wednesday evening Ceramic course. With red iron oxide dry glaze. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
Hand built and modelled wall piece by Catherine McKeown in Dublin based Monday evening ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

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