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

2021

*** NEW dates will be released in November 2021***

Update: Oct., Nov. & December 2021 are Sold Out!

All courses are exclusively taught by Michelle Maher.

How do the weekend ceramic courses work?

Course training fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.

Coil built lamp by Herle Mette Andersen. www.ceramicforms.com

Lamps, Lighting & Lanterns in Ceramics

25 & 26 September 2021 (11am – 4pm)

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

Course fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.

Suitable for all levels – beginners, improvers & advanced – small class size.

→ Course Details – create your own unique hand-built lamp, lighting feature or lantern in clay.

The construction method will be tailored to the individual project so the piece can be coil built, slab-built, press or hump moulded or modelled.

Pieces can be designed for use indoors or outdoors & with candles or electrical fittings (fittings not included in course fees).

♥ As always, at Ceramic Forms we will look at glaze application and the layering of coloured decorating slips and glazes for special efffects.  We have a beautiful range of slips and glazes available to students.

Number of participants: 7 max.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Board ‘Lamps, Lighting & Lanterns in Ceramics’.

Hand built and modelled wall tiles by Evelyn D’Arcy Synott. Created in Dublin based Wednesday evening ceramics course. Tiles have 3 layers of glaze as well as glass detail. Fired in an electric kiln to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

Clay as a Canvas: Wall Pieces in Clay

16 & 17 October 2021 (11am – 4pm)

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

Course fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.

Suitable for all levels – beginners, improvers & advanced – small class size.

→ 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.

♥ As always, at Ceramic Forms we will look at glaze application and the layering of coloured decorating slips and glazes for special efffects.  We have a beautiful range of slips and glazes available to students.

Number of participants: 7 max.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards – Clay as Canvas, Surface and 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.

Students of all levels can explore combustible mixed media.

Ceramic bowl by Annie O'Neill. #ceramics #Dublin #CeramicClass #stoneware #handmade #CombustibleMixedMedia (polystyrene balls in slip) #cone8 #glaze #loveclay #ceramicstudio #ceramicforms

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

Animal Sculptures in Clay

4 & 5 December 2021 (11am – 4pm)

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

Course fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.

Suitable for all levels – beginners, improvers & advanced – small class size.

→ 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 and you will be guided to create your own animal maquette.  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.  We have a beautiful range of slips and glazes available to students.

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 max.

For lots of inspiration please see my Pinterest Boards –

How the Weekend Courses Work…

How can I join?

→ To book a place please see course schedule above and click on BOOKING button to check course availability.

→ If any new places come up they will be available in the BOOK NOW buttons above.

1 day course is €100 or 2 days is €195.

** Advanced or more specialist topics e.g. Mono-Printing has higher course fees.

→ Course fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.  (Fair usage policy applies.)

→ 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.

→ 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.

Frog modelled by Paula Cullen in crank clay body at Dublin based Tuesday morning pottery course. Decorating slip detail, with mark making. Later electric fired to 1260°C (Cone 8). www.ceramicforms.com

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.

It is a key part of our courses that students develop excellent ceramic decorating and glazing skills.  In the intensive environment that my classes offer you will be trained on an array of technical decorating skills for ceramics.

In terms of mixed media – 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 skill 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 and to train and develop their skills in this area.

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 skill 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 workshops work…

→ Come and learn the technical skills needed to make and decorate hand built ceramics with an award winning ceramic artist in a purpose built, bright, modern, fully equipped studio in Castleknock, Dublin.

→ For most weekend courses all skill 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.

→ First-class tuition is guaranteed on my courses. I personally teach ALL the courses on offer.  In the intensive environment that we offer you will be trained on a huge range of technical skills for ceramics.  We also pride ourselves on a very positive learning environment.

→ We learn by doing in pottery and in these very practical courses you will develop the skills necessary to create ceramics to a very high standard.

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

Course Training Details…

→ We cover the following hand building methods: press moulds, hump moulds, slab building, soft slabbing, coiling, pinching, patches, quilting, modelling & sculpting – tailoring the method so that it is appropriate to the project or task in hand.

→ Depending on the area of learning – our approach can be sculptural or functional, representational or abstracted.  And in the small class size I offer, you will be given the ceramic skills necessary to guide you right through the project from building & construction to surface decorating and glazing/firing.

→ Weekend training courses are generally based around a particular skill set where we look at a specialist ceramic 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.  This allows you build your ceramic skills step by step.

→ There is a strong emphasis in the courses on developing technical ceramic skills, good construction methods, excellent finish and on first-rate decorating techniques; we use coloured decorating slips as well as a wide palette of stoneware 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; as well as a wide range of coloured decorating slips and glazes.

→ Course training fees include materials (clay & decorating slips), use of studio equipment & pottery tools, ceramic glazes & firing of work.  (Fair usage policy applies.)

→ Courses run from 11am to 4pm each day

→ 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.

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