Collage of students pieces from Ceramic Forms. www.ceramicforms.com

Weekend Ceramic Courses & Workshops

2017/18

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

Please note: All Weekend courses up to March 2018 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.

2017/18 Weekend Ceramic Course Schedule

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

19 & 20 August 2017

 Mixed Media

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Porcelain by Herle Mette Andersen. #Dublin #CeramicClass #porcelain #handmade #loveclay #ceramicforms

16 & 17 September 2017

Porcelain Paper Clay

Advanced only!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Ceramic wall piece by Marta Durek. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #cone8 #glaze #texture #markmaking #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

14 & 15 October 2017

Wall Pieces

All Levels Welcome

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Hand built clay sculpture constructed with paper clay strips (Chailin Tan), Dublin based ceramic course. Fired later to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

11 & 12 November 2017

Paper Clay

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

This is what happens when you dream about your ceramic designs - they turn out so nice! Gorgeous ceramic tiles and dishes by Rian Mc @rianmc Wednesday night ceramic class. #loveclay #blue #ceramic #tile #stoneware #dreamingaboutclay #pottery #potterystudio #scraffito #slip #perfectdayforclay @ceramicforms

9 & 10 December 2017

Surface Decoration

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

27 & 28 January 2018

Coil Building

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

24 & 25 February 2018

Paper Clay Patches

All levels welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Ceramic wall tile by Claire Gately, Dublin based ceramic class. Electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

24 & 25 March 2018

Birds of a Feather

All Levels Welcome!

Sold Out!

Cancellation List Applies!

Wall piece in pocess by Emily O'Byrne with resist and slip detail. Dublin ceramic class. #ceramicforms #slip #loveclay #wip #students #process #ceramicstudio #potterystudio #ceramicclass #dublin #ceramicforms #handmade #stoneware #resist #texture. www.ceramicforms.com

April 2018

TBC

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 sculpture by Vanessa Bottalico. #closeup #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #CombustibleMixedMedia (small polystyrene balls in slip) #cone8 #glass #glaze #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

Combustible Mixed Media in Surface Decoration

19 & 20 August 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.

Course Details – 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/fabric, 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 and especially so when combined with clay slips and glaze.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards.

Hand built and modelled wall tiles by Ann Sai at Dublin based Monday evening ceramics course. Decorating slip with combustible mixed media detail. Glazed with a high gloss copper and pearl glaze; electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Clay as a Canvas: Wall Pieces in Clay

14 & 15 October 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.

Course Details – we will create wall based ceramic pieces or tiles with a particular emphasis on surface decoration, texture and relief creating pieces with a strong design element.  We will use a variety of surface decorating techniques to enhance the work.  Students will be encouraged to use decorating slips / combustible mixed media / glass and to experiment with glazes.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board – Clay as Canvas.

Hand built clay sculpture constructed with paper clay strips (Chailin Tan), Dublin based ceramic course. Fired later to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Hand Built Forms in Paper Clay

11 & 12 November 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.

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 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 .

I’ve been using my own Paper Clay for over 10 years and this stoneware clay body is fantastic – it is a very strong 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)’.

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.

Coil built Jug/Pitcher by Ruth Tutty. Created in Dublin based Wednesday evening ceramics course. Fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Coil Built Sculpture or Vessels

27 & 28 January 2018 (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 –  In this workshop we will create a sculpture or vessel using coiling as a method of construction.  In the coiling technique – pieces are formed out of coils or sausage-like lengths of clay.  The piece is built up in layers of these coils into the desired shape/form and height.  Coil built pieces by their nature are flowing and curved forms, often organic in nature and very pleasing to the eye.  Once the piece is formed we trim and turn it to further enhance the form.

Coiling has been a staple method of making in ceramics and pottery for thousands of years. It is a meditative way to work in clay – it slows us down and brings the focus into the form and the material.

Number of participants: 7.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board.

Hand building with Paper Clay Patches

24 & 25 February 2018 (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.

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.

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

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.

How the Weekend Courses Work…

| Part 2 |

Course details…

| Part 4 |

When can I join?

| Part 5 |

How can I join?

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

| Part 1 |     How the weekend courses work…

→ Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  You will be emailed when the new dates are available (the last release was in July).  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 2018 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ 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.

| 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: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  You will be emailed when the new dates are available (the last release was in July).  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 2018 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?

Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  You will be emailed when the new dates are available (the last release was in July).  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 2018 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ 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

| Part 4 |     When can I join?

→ Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  You will be emailed when the new dates are available (the last release was in July).  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 2018 are now fully booked – cancellation list applies!***

→ 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!

| Part 5 |     How can I join?

→ First, you need to be offered a place!  Please note: you must pre-register for new weekend course dates.  You will be emailed when the new dates are available.  Being on the list does not guarantee a place.  Places are first come, first serve and sell out very quickly!  

→ 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 March 2018 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, 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.

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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