Oct
14
to Oct 15

Alchemy Tiles Workshop - £140

Alchemy Tiles Workshop

A great opportunity to make your own Alchemy Tiles (or Encaustic tiles as its officially known). Using ancient techniques dating back to 13th century you’ll be guided through the skills of carving, applying coloured slip and developing your own tile designs as well as understanding the history and background of this lost craft. A great way to hand make your own bespoke gifts or tiles for you own home.

You’ll be making up to 6 of your own tiles and the price includes full tuition, all materials, glazing, firings and lunch on both days (Each tile approx. 14x14cm with a RRP value of £30 each).

As well as a delicious vegetarian organic lunch and home made cake on both days.

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

Intensive Throwing Workshop - £220

Always wanted to learn how to throw? Or getting frustrated with your technique? This is an all weekend throwing workshop open to just five participants. Learn and practice the basic throwing techniques or try your hand at more complicated vessels such as teapots and tall vases, pots with impossibly tiny necks or pieces with completely rounded bottoms.

Each participant will have there own wheel to practice on and because of the small size of the group it can be tailored to individual need and interest

Saturday will be throwing and Sunday will be learning how to turn, when you need a chuck, how to make handles and how to join composite pieces like teapots.

And of course plenty of tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch both days – All materials provided.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL BUT PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR WAITING LIST IN CASE A PLACE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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Nov
18
to Nov 19

Paper Clay Workshop - £160

Paper clay is an interesting sculpting material that literally consists of clay and paper. It has many more possibilities than ordinary clay as you can add on wet clay to dry and even bisque fired sculptures. The process is good for sculpting animals and people as well as offering possibilities for more intricate designs that normal clay won’t allow.

Over the weekend you will –

•  Learn some of the History/ back ground to paper clay

•  Learn how to make your own paperclay

•  Learn to sculpt with paperclay

 Tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch will be provided

 

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Jan
20
to Jan 21

Intensive Throwing Workshop - £220

Always wanted to learn how to throw? Or getting frustrated with your technique? This is an all weekend throwing workshop open to just five participants. Learn and practice the basic throwing techniques or try your hand at more complicated vessels such as teapots and tall vases, pots with impossibly tiny necks or pieces with completely rounded bottoms.

Each participant will have there own wheel to practice on and because of the small size of the group it can be tailored to individual need and interest

Saturday will be throwing and Sunday will be learning how to turn, when you need a chuck, how to make handles and how to join composite pieces like teapots.

And of course plenty of tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch both days – All materials provided.

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Feb
17
10:00am10:00am

Introduction to Glazes - £80

Introduction to Glazes

Is glazing a mystery to you?  Do you buy a glaze and then get frustrated that the beautiful colour advertised comes out an insipid brown?

Join the ranks!  This is a one-day introductory course into the mystery and alchemical processes of glaze technology.  It doesn’t have to be slog, it can be exciting and fun.

On this day course you will learn –

  • What makes up a glaze
  • What the various components of a glaze material are
  • Learning how to tell the difference
  • Introduction to metal oxides
  • Experimenting with various recipe’s and base materials
  • Learning how to mix up your own glaze and get the results you want

Plus delicious organic lunch and cake in a relaxed environment.

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Mar
23
to Mar 25

Women Making Big Pots - £260

Women Making Big Pots

Ever wanted to make big pots but didn’t think you had the strength?

This course will show you how to make big pots through throwing and coiling on the wheel.  Using simple methods to help centre and work with large pieces of clay that don’t necessarily require a lot of strength.  There is something hugely liberating and creatively enlivening about going big, not to mention the full body workout!  Prepare to get very messy…

  • This course is only open to five women
  • Some previous throwing experience is essential
  • Start time Friday evening to make the base and Saturday/Sunday to continue working on it.
  • It will be a mixture of throwing and hand building/sculpting
  • Although you might make more pots, only one will be once fired in a kiln and raw decorated using oxides
  • Your pot does need to fit in to the kiln, so there will be a size restriction

 

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Apr
14
to Apr 15

Raku Firing Workshop - £200

Raku Firing Workshop

 

Studio 45 @ Ashprington - (Ashprington, Near Totnes,Devon, TQ9 6EE)

This is an intensive firing course, where you will learn to fire your own work in a converted gas fired oil – drum and a wood fired ‘bin kiln’. The name Raku means ease, pleasure and enjoyment.   With its roots in japan, the technique has altered over the years to produce some of the most interesting and gorgeous glaze effects found in ceramics. Intensely hands on, it is sheer pleasure to spend time getting to know fire and watching while heat changes the molecular structure of base materials.

Over the weekend you will -

  • Learn the history of Raku and be introduced to the origins of Wabi Sabi
  • Learn how to design and glaze your own tiles and pots
  • Learn how to fire both a gas fired and wood fired kiln
  • Be introduced to wax resist techniques, copper fuming, Sacrificial glaze and reduction
  • You will receive all the technical notes to make your own glazes and make your own kiln
  • You will be instructed by two teachers, so plenty of help and advice throughout the weekend

All bisque fired pots and tiles are provided or bring your own bisque fired masterpieces.

Cake and delicious organic lunch is provided both days

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Raku Kiln Building Workshop - £200

Raku Kiln Building Workshop

Studio 45 @ Ashprington - (Ashprington, Near Totnes,Devon, TQ9 6EE)

An exciting opportunity to build your own Raku Kiln!

On day one Chris will be guiding you through building three different types of Raku kilns: - gas, wood and a hybrid, which can be used for both fuels.

For those wanting to build and take a kiln away with them, we will have three kiln building kits available (one of each type) to purchase beforehand which will be on a first come first serve basis.

Once the kilns are built, day two provides the opportunity to fire them up and experiment firing your own pots in a supported and experienced environment under the guidance of Mel.

For those who have built your own kilns on our previous workshops you are also welcome to bring your kilns for this day two. Numbers will be limited and firings will be staggered throughout the day so everyone gets the chance to fire.

Cake and delicious organic lunch is provided both days

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May
12
to May 13

Encaustic & Raku Tile Making Workshop - £180

Encaustic & Raku Tile Making Workshop

Studio 45 @ Ashprington - (Ashprington, Near Totnes,Devon, TQ9 6EE)

When you are starting out in pottery it is difficult to match expectation with finished result.

This course generally guarantees that you will walk away with tiles that you will be really happy with and the knowledge and technical know how to be able to make them at home. Encaustic tiles and Raku firing are two very particular techniques that most pottery classes won’t teach you.

Taught by Mel Chambers and Richenda Macgregor who between them have at least 30 years of knowledge in ceramics. Not only will you be carving and designing your own tiles on the Saturday, you will also be learning by direct experience how to fire work in a gas fired oil drum, designing and glaze application.

Over the weekend you will –

  • Learn some of the history of encaustic tiles
  • Carve between 5-6 of your own tiles and learn how to apply slip
  • Design and glaze 4 of your own bisque fired tiles
  • Glaze and fire your own Japanese tea bowl
  • Learn the history of Raku firing and the origins of Wabi Sabi
  • Experience the sheer pleasure of firing an out door kiln

As well as relaxing and enjoying the stunning Devonshire countryside and delicious organic lunches and home made cake.

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Understanding Glazes - £180

Understanding Glazes

This is a workshop exploring the mysterious and sometimes confusing world of stone ware glazes. Spend the day/s immersing yourself in experimenting with glazes, mixing your own and learning how to work with oxides and under glazes.

  • Bisque fired pots and tiles will be provided
  • All materials for making your own glaze will be provided
  • Your glaze samples will be fired and ready for collection within a few days
  • Glazes explained, as well as the raw materials that go into a glaze.
  • How to make ash glaze and using local materials

Plus plenty of tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch

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Jul
7
to Jul 8

Playing with Porcelain - £220

Playing with Porcelain

Porcelain was known as white gold and highly priced and sought after by emperors, kings and princes alike.  A beautiful, silky material to work with, it can also be very challenging.  Its benefits include translucency and amazing colour response, its difficulties the high shrinkage, warping and fluidity during firing.  This weekend workshops will give you the space and time needed to experiment with the material, whether that is in throwing practice or hand building, or even glaze testing.

  • Materials budget included
  • Only open to 6-8 participants
  • The class is small so that it can be tailored to your own preference
  • Expert advice and guidance throughout the weekend
  • A general history of porcelain

Lunch included both days

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

Working with Ash Glazes Workshop

Ash Glazes

Did you know that the ash of an Oak tree contains all the right minerals, in the right proportions to make a glaze?  Or that the ash of simple sea shells will give you one of the main components needed in a glaze?

Over this weekend we will be working with the ash of various trees, shrubs, shells and seaweed.  We will be experimenting and trying out various recipes, using local materials, harvested in a sustainable manner.

  • Over this weekend you will deepen your understanding and knowledge of glaze components
  • Begin to understand the various local materials which will give a good base glaze and various colours
  • Learn how to use the ash from your own fire place
  • Have time to do your own experimenting
  • Have access to teachers with a good understanding of the subject matter
  • Delicious organic lunch and cake on both days as well as a relaxed and peaceful environment

“It is important for us to begin to investigate our heritage and to discover or rediscover the materials that are left unused on our doorstep.  So much of the raw materials Artists and Craftspeople use has travelled unnecessarily or has been mined in atrocious working conditions.  We re-empower ourselves when we change our working practice to include local materials harvested sustainably and begin to produce work indigenous to the environment and place we live in.”  (Richenda)

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Oct
13
to Oct 14

Advanced Raku Firing Workshop - £250

Studio 45 @ Ashprington - (Ashprington, Near Totnes,Devon, TQ9 6EE)

This is a weekend workshop designed to help you further your understanding and practice for Raku firing.  Using both a gas kiln and a wood fired kiln we will be learning how to have more control over outcomes and concentrating on copper fuming, using horsehair and other combustible materials and the mysteries of naked Raku.

Each participant will be encouraged to do their own firing under the guidance and supervision of two very experienced tutors.

Only open to five participants and must bring their own burnished and pre-fired (980c) pots

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Sep
23
to Sep 24

Raku Firing Workshop - £200

Raku Firing Workshop

Studio 45 @ Ashprington - (Ashprington, Near Totnes,Devon, TQ9 6EE)

This is an intensive firing course, where you will learn to fire your own work in a converted gas fired oil – drum and a wood fired ‘bin kiln’. The name Raku means ease, pleasure and enjoyment.   With its roots in japan, the technique has altered over the years to produce some of the most interesting and gorgeous glaze effects found in ceramics. Intensely hands on, it is sheer pleasure to spend time getting to know fire and watching while heat changes the molecular structure of base materials.

Over the weekend you will -

  • Learn the history of Raku and be introduced to the origins of Wabi Sabi
  • Learn how to design and glaze your own tiles and pots
  • Learn how to fire both a gas fired and wood fired kiln
  • Be introduced to wax resist techniques, copper fuming, Sacrificial glaze and reduction
  • You will receive all the technical notes to make your own glazes and make your own kiln
  • You will be instructed by two teachers, so plenty of help and advice throughout the weekend

All bisque fired pots and tiles are provided or bring your own bisque fired masterpieces.

Cake and delicious organic lunch is provided both days

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