Paper Clay sculpture in coloured clays ( by Herle Mette Andersen), Dublin based weekend course. Electric fired to 1280°C. www.ceramicforms.com

Weekend Ceramic Courses & Workshops

2020

***You must pre-register for new weekend course dates!

New dates are released every few months (Last release was in November 2019).***

Please note: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!  

Please contact me to be placed on the weekend cancellation 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.

2020 Weekend Ceramic Course Schedule

Ceramic bowl detail by Róisín Ní Dhúshláine. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #cone8 #glaze #glass #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

9 & 10 November 2019

Surface Decoration

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!


Hand built lamp in Paper Clay by Evelyn D'Arcy Synott. Dublin based weekend ceramics course. Fired to Cone 8 (1260 C). www.ceramicforms.com

7 & 8 December 2019

Stoneware Paper Clay

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!


Coil built jug with modelled branch detail by Justin O'Connor. Crank clay body at Dublin based Wednesday evening Ceramic course. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

18 & 19 January 2020

Coil Built Forms in Clay

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!


Horse modelled by Cathy Cooper at Dublin based ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

15 & 16 February 2020

Animal Sculpture in Clay

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!


Paper Clay sculpture in coloured clays ( by Herle Mette Andersen), Dublin based weekend course. Electric fired to 1280°C. www.ceramicforms.com

28 & 29 March 2020

Stoneware Paper Clay

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!


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

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

Hand Built Forms in Stoneware Paper Clay

7 & 8 December 2019 (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.

Course Details – Paper Clay is a dynamic clay medium to work with as it allows a lot more freedom than conventional clay.

You will learn how to make our own stoneware paper clay and about its properties as a clay body before using paper clay to construct vessels, objects or sculptures.

The construction method will be tailored to the individual project.  By its nature forms in paper clay tend to be quite thin.

I’ve been making and using my own Paper Clay for many years and this stoneware clay body is fantastic – it is a very strong and versatile clay, very plastic, light and it glazes really well.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board Ceramic Paper Clay (Stoneware Cone 8)’.

NEW TO PAPER CLAY? WHAT IS IT?

Paper clay is any fired ceramic clay body with paper fibre added to it in quantities starting at 5% and rising to 30% (by volume).

During the biscuit firing the paper burns away leaving a pure ceramic form albeit a lighter clay body.

The tiny molecular structure of the paper pulp does not interfere with the structure of the clay, but offers wonderful flexibility when working.

The paper creates tiny tubes in the clay which fundamentally changes the way water can enter or leave the clay body.

The relationship between clay and water is of course crucial in ceramics; paper adds to this relationship and improves it!

The paper means the transition from plastic to greenware (from wet to dry clay) can be rapid. We can also go from dry to wet with no issue! Its even possible to add plastic clay to fully fired paper clay.

This Pin shows how we make Paper Clay.

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. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Animal Sculptures in Clay

15th & 16th February 2020 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €100 1 Day or €195 2 Days.

Suitable for all levels – beginners and improvers.

Course is FULL – Waiting list applies.

Course Details – Ceramic Sculpture Inspired by animals – taking inspiration from the animal kingdom and taking it step-by-step, we will explore an animal of your choice through the medium of clay.

A maquette (a very small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture) will be utilised as a start point.  Maquettes are an extremely useful tool in sculpture.  Your approach to the animal can be abstracted or representational.

The construction method will be tailored to the form but often animals are modelled solid and hollowed out before firing.

As always at Ceramic Forms we will pay attention to the ceramic surface and decorating slips, oxides & glazes will be explored to enhance your animal.

There are so many animals to choose from – favourites are fish, hens, hares, birds, toads, foxes and many more!  Wall piece or sculpture can be explored.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards –

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

Hand Built Forms in Stoneware Paper Clay

28th & 29th March 2020 (10am – 4pm)

You can attend for 1 or 2 days – €100 1 Day or €195 2 Days.

Suitable for all levels – beginners and improvers.

Course is FULL – Waiting list applies.

Course Details – Paper Clay is a dynamic clay medium to work with as it allows a lot more freedom than conventional clay.

You will learn how to make our own stoneware paper clay and about its properties as a clay body before using paper clay to construct vessels, objects or sculptures.

The construction method will be tailored to the individual project.  By its nature forms in paper clay tend to be quite thin.

I’ve been making and using my own Paper Clay for many years and this stoneware clay body is fantastic – it is a very strong and versatile clay, very plastic, light and it glazes really well.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board Ceramic Paper Clay (Stoneware Cone 8)’.

NEW TO PAPER CLAY? WHAT IS IT?

Paper clay is any fired ceramic clay body with paper fibre added to it in quantities starting at 5% and rising to 30% (by volume).

During the biscuit firing the paper burns away leaving a pure ceramic form albeit a lighter clay body.

The tiny molecular structure of the paper pulp does not interfere with the structure of the clay, but offers wonderful flexibility when working.

The paper creates tiny tubes in the clay which fundamentally changes the way water can enter or leave the clay body.

The relationship between clay and water is of course crucial in ceramics; paper adds to this relationship and improves it!

The paper means the transition from plastic to greenware (from wet to dry clay) can be rapid. We can also go from dry to wet with no issue! Its even possible to add plastic clay to fully fired paper clay.

This Pin shows how we make Paper Clay.

How the Weekend Courses Work…

It’s all about the surface…

Combustible Mixed Media

A keen area of interest at Ceramic Forms is decorating and design using combustible mixed media with ceramics.  We have been exploring this type of surface treatment in the studio for many years now and a considerable amount of knowledge has developed.

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, wool, grains, seeds, 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.

The KILN needs to be correctly VENTILATED for these materials.  If you are in a shared studio space do not add these materials without permission!

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

Students of all levels can explore combustible mixed media.

For lots of examples of this mixed media surface treatement please see my Pinterest Boards.

Surface Decoration

Here at Ceramic Forms we are big into surface decoration!  As a maker I have a special interest in ceramic surface and I am very happy to share my expertise with my students.

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.

Over the years I have built up a big catalogue of glazes and we have 70 + 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 explored.

Students of all levels can explore these surface decoration techniques.

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Hand built vessel by Elena Annunziata at Dublin based ceramics weekend course. Glass & grogged decorating slip detail. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com
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Melted recycled glass

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Grog in decorating slip creating a wonderful texture.

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Layered reactive stoneware glazes finish the look!

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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
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Texture was achieved with a pitted stone.

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Coloured slips & glaze combine to bring the piece to life.

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Bowl detail with glass by Cleo O'Neill #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #CombustibleMixedMedia (edge is sunflower seeds in slip) #cone8 #glass #glaze #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms
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Melted recycled glass.

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Bird seeds and perlite create an amazing coral surface!

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Coloured slips & reactive flowing glazes combine.

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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
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Incredible glaze on coiled pot! A dry/crackle red iron oxide finish.

Kiln shot, before and after from Ceramic Forms studio. Cone 8, high fired stoneware. Selection of students pieces. #process #studiolife #loveglazekilns #beforeandafter #kilnlove #kiln #ceramicforms #ceramicclass #students #ceramics #potterystudio #loveclay #stoneware #glaze #cone8 #dublin #handmade

How the weekend ceramic courses work…

Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  If you are on the mailing list you will be emailed when the new dates are available.  New dates are released every few months (last release was in November 2019).  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  

→ Places are first come, first serve and sell out extremely quickly!  ***UPDATE: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!***

The mailing list will close 1 week before the new date release and will re-open the day after the release.

→ 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.

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: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  If you are on the mailing list you will be emailed when the new dates are available.  New dates are released every few months (last release was in November 2019).  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  

→ Places are first come, first serve and sell out extremely quickly!  ***UPDATE: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!***

The mailing list will close 1 week before the new date release and will re-open the day after the release.

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

Who can join the classes?

Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  If you are on the mailing list you will be emailed when the new dates are available.  New dates are released every few months (last release was in November 2019).  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  

→ Places are first come, first serve and sell out extremely quickly!  ***UPDATE: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!***

The mailing list will close 1 week before the new date release and will re-open the day after the release.

→ 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.

→ 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

When can I join?

Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  If you are on the mailing list you will be emailed when the new dates are available.  New dates are released every few months (last release was in November 2019).  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  

→ Places are first come, first serve and sell out extremely quickly!  ***UPDATE: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!***

The mailing list will close 1 week before the new date release and will re-open the day after the release.

→ If a weekend course is Sold Out, a waiting list for cancellation applies – please contact me 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!

How can I join?

→ First, you need to be offered a place!  Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  If you are on the mailing list you will be emailed when the new dates are available.  New dates are released every few months (last release was in November 2019).  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  

→ Places are first come, first serve and sell out extremely quickly!  ***UPDATE: All Weekend courses up to March 2020 are now fully booked – Cancellation List Applies!***

The mailing list will close 1 week before the new date release and will re-open the day after the release.

→ If a weekend course is Sold Out, a waiting list for cancellation applies – please contact me if you wish to be placed on the weekend cancellation list.  ***Update: All weekend courses up to DECEMBER 2019 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 €100 or 2 days is €195 ** Advanced or specialist courses such as Mono-Printing has higher course fees.  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 €50 for 1 day course or €95 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

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