May
11
to May 12

Raku Firing Workshop - £220

Raku Firing Workshop

 

Studio 45 @ Staverton - (Sunnyside Cottage, Staverton, Totnes, TQ9 6AG)

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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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Throwing for Absolute Beginners Workshop - £120

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Ever wanted to have a go at throwing a pot on the potters wheel? Or do you remember having a go years ago and would like to experience that feeling again? If so, this one day beginners workshop is for you. No experience required.

With a maximum of 5 participants, you'll have your own wheel to practice on all day. during the day you will be taught -

  • to recycle and prepare your own clay

  • Practice centering

  • to throw simple vessels such as mugs, bowls and vases

A great opportunity to learn and practice the basic skills needed to create forms on the wheel, with all materials provided.

And of course plenty of tea and cake, and a delicious organic lunch included.

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

MINI WORKSHOP SERIES - How to Glaze - £60

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Mini Workshop Series

Designed for hands on trouble shooting tips in a small, concise and affordable package!

 

Do you struggle with glaze application? This mini workshop will uncover… 

  • A series of techniques to glaze different and awkward shaped pots

  • Learn the skill of using and applying wax resisting

  • The art of glazing pots inside and out with various glazes

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Jun
22
to Jul 13

The Magic of Hand Building & Obvara Firing - with Imogen Taylor-Noble - £280

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This exciting workshop is spread over two weeknds in order to give to give the full monty of experience!

On Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June we discover the...

The Magic of Handbuilding - which explores handbuilding techniques which can be developed further to create pieces suitable for Obvara firings. Covering a range of different approaches to making which incorporate texture into the making process as well as being applied to the surface after the piece is built.

What You'll Learn...

  • We will learn a range of handbuilding techniques, including Kurinuki (a Japanese term relating to a particular hand-forming process), to create pots which have a textured surface. Textured surfaces are especially interesting as they are enhanced by the effects of the Obvara firing. 

  • We will be using carved stamps to create pattern in the surface of the clay before we explore different ways of stretching the clay to form the piece.

  • We will explore making personal stamps for pattern and texture making.

  • We will experiment with using found materials for pattern and texture making, using objects from the natural world alongside vintage textiles.

  • We will try our hand at surface treatments such as water etching, carving & fluting.

  • We will make a series of pieces, which will be suitable for the Obvara firing in July.

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

Your pieces will be fired and ready for you on...

Saturday 13th July as the excitement takes us to new heights as we get stuck into the...

Obvara Firing Day, also known as Sourdough firing and is an ancient tradition from the Baltic. Sometimes also referred to as Baltic Raku. We will see the pots transformed by being bathed in the Obvara mixture while they are red hot, and watch as a palette of natural colours race across their surface before being quenched in water to fix them in place.

Over the weekend you will –

  • You will learn about the development of the firing process and how to achieve it in your own kiln. We will heat the pre made pots in a Raku kiln before carefully immersing them in the Obvara mixture. We will then quench them in the water bath to fix the surface effect.

  • We will discuss how to create your own sourdough mixture and the technical considerations for this type of firing.

  • We will fire 3 different kilns during the day and there will be many opportunities for applying the learning from one firing to the next. 

 And yes more tea, cake and a delicious organic lunch will be provided

Please note that the firing day is held at a different venue in Staverton - 10 minutes drive from Studio 45

These workshops are also available to do on individual days please click the links below to book separately...

The Magic of Hand Building

Obvara Firing

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Jun
22
to Jun 23

The Magic of Hand Building - with Imogen Taylor-Noble - £190

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Explore hand building techniques which can be developed further to create pieces suitable for Obvara firings (please see details below).  Covering a range of different approaches to making which incorporate texture into the making process as well as being applied to the surface after the piece is built.

What You'll Learn...

  • We will learn a range of handbuilding techniques, including Kurinuki (a Japanese term relating to a particular hand-forming process), to create pots which have a textured surface. Textured surfaces are especially interesting as they are enhanced by the effects of the Obvara firing. 

  • We will be using carved stamps to create pattern in the surface of the clay before we explore different ways of stretching the clay to form the piece.

  • We will explore making personal stamps for pattern and texture making.

  • We will experiment with using found materials for pattern and texture making, using objects from the natural world alongside vintage textiles.

  • We will try our hand at surface treatments such as water etching, carving & fluting.

  • We will make a series of pieces, which will be suitable for the Obvara firing in June.

And of course plenty of tea and cake and a delicious organic vegetarian lunch both days

All materials provided

This workshop is also available as a three day workshop to include an Obvara Firing Day. Please use the link below for more details...

The Magic of Hand Building for Obvara Firing

 

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Obvara Firing Workshop with Imogen Taylor-Noble - £100

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Obvara firing, also known as Sourdough firing is an ancient tradition from the Baltic. Sometimes also referred to as Baltic Raku. We will see the pots transformed by being bathed in the Obvara mixture while they are red hot, and watch as a palette of natural colours race across their surface before being quenched in water to fix them in place.

Over the weekend you will –

  • You will learn about the development of the firing process and how to achieve it in your own kiln. We will heat the pre made pots in a Raku kiln before carefully immersing them in the Obvara mixture. We will then quench them in the water bath to fix the surface effect.

  • We will discuss how to create your own sourdough mixture and the technical considerations for this type of firing.

  • We will fire 3 different kilns during the day and there will be many opportunities for applying the learning from one firing to the next. 

 Tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch will be provided

This workshop is part of a three day event - if you wish to include The Magic of Handbuilding please click here for more details and booking.

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Sep
7
to Sep 8

Paper Clay Workshop - £180

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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Sep
14
to Sep 15

Sculptural Mask Making - with Maria Moorhouse - £220

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A magical weekend with the wonderful Maria Moorhouse in which you will….

  • Learn to create a sculptural mask

  • Develop modelling techniques

  • Enhance our creative ideas

  • Explore and research different styles of sculpting

  • Learn to observe facial features and proportions

  • Understand the process of preparing the sculpture for drying and firing

And of course plenty of hot drinks, cake and organic vegetarian lunch. 

All materials included. Firing is provided at an additoinal fee of £3.50 per kg of fired weight.

Maria Moorhouse is a Traditional Craft tutor and sculptor.  She is a trained stone carver and offers courses from studio 40 at Dartington and has taught for adult learning for many years.

Maria went to art college in Canterbury in Kent to gain her honours degree in fine art in 1992 and after in 1995 trained at Weymouth college studying Architectural Stone Carving and Masonry Skills and part of the course was a diploma in letters cutting. She then studied in 1999 to gain her teaching certificates to be able to teach and train adults. 

"Creating sculpture is my passion and I enjoy teaching others the joy of being creative."

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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

MINI WORKSHOP SERIES - Making Handles - £60

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Mini Workshop Series - MAKING HANDLES

Designed for hands on trouble shooting tips in a small, concise and affordable package!

In this hands on workshop you’ll learn… 

  • How to pull and attached different styles of handles ranging from traditional British style to more contemporary finishes

  • The correct timing of when to pull the handles and when to attached them

  • The use of slip and how to finish them effortlessly

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Throwing for Absolute Beginners Workshop - £120

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Ever wanted to have a go at throwing a pot on the potters wheel? Or do you remember having a go years ago and would like to experience that feeling again? If so, this one day beginners workshop is for you. No experience required.

With a maximum of 5 participants, you'll have your own wheel to practice on all day. during the day you will be taught -

  • to recycle and prepare your own clay

  • Practice centering

  • to throw simple vessels such as mugs, bowls and vases

A great opportunity to learn and practice the basic skills needed to create forms on the wheel, with all materials provided.

And of course plenty of tea and cake, and a delicious organic lunch included.

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Oct
4
to Oct 6

The Art of Making Big Pots - With Imogen Taylor-Noble - £230

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Learn hand building techniques for making large scale pots. Using a range of techniques that I originally learnt from Asabe Magaji and Asibi Iddo, potters from Nigeria who had worked with Michael Cardew at Abuja Pottery, and from Kenyan born British potter Magdalene Odundo. We will use methods of thumping, coiling, paddling and stretching to form the giant pots before refining them with a variety of tools.

  • We will explore a range of different hand building techniques suitable for making large scale pots. We will use robust, quite coarse clays, which can support the scale of the pots being made. We will use simple tools to shape the clay and to refine the pots once complete. We will speed dry the pots to enable us to work on more than one at a time using a range of methods. 

  • We will discuss decorative possibilities, although in the time that we have the main focus will be on form and scale.

Some experience of hand building is required as we will be handling large amounts of clay per item

 

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Oct
12
to Oct 13

Intoduction to Glazes - £100

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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 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.

  • Delicious organic lunch and cake in a relaxed environment.

Plus plenty of tea and cake and a delicious organic lunch

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

MINI WORKSHOP SERIES - The Art of Centering - £60

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Mini Workshop Series - THE ART OF CENTERING

Designed for hands on trouble shooting tips in a small, concise and affordable package!

This mini workshop is designed to help you to:

  • Discover ways to improve your current approach.  

  • Develop a stronger foundation that will support all your throwing.

With a maximum of 6 participants you’ll have your own wheel, one to one guidance during the workshop, and plenty of time to practice this mysterious art. 

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Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

The Next Stepping Stone to Throwing - £120

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If you would like to improve your throwing after doing the Absolute Beginners Workshop, this workshop is for you.  

With a maximum of 5 participants you’ll have your own wheel all day, learning how to:

  • Develop a stronger foundation - practicing the art of centering

  • Improve your current approach to creating forms on the wheel.

A great opportunity to fine tune your practice, with one to one guidance during the workshop, all materials provided, and of course plenty of tea and cake, and a delicious organic lunch included.

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Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

MINI WORKSHOP SERIES - Trimming & Turning Effectively - £60

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Mini Workshop Series

Designed for hands on trouble shooting tips in a small, concise and affordable package!

 A hands on approach that will help you develop…

  • Re-centering your pot on the wheel

  • How to attach your pot using appropriate methods

  • Using various tools to effectively to trim

  • A professional finish to the bottom of your pots

We will provide a series of leather hard pots to practice on. If you have any of your own please bring them along, especially of there is a particular shape you have been struggling with

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Nov
16
to Nov 17

Intensive Throwing Workshop - £220

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This Intensive throwing weekend is for anyone who has some skill at the wheel, can centre fairly confidently, can make cylinders and bowls but wants to further their throwing practice. 

Whether that means learning how to throw the same shape over and over, how to use your clay economically on the wheel or how to throw bigger bowls or tall vases, whatever your needs we aim to meet them.

Everyone will have their own wheel and as there are only 5 participants you will get lots of one to one time with the tutors. 

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

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Apr
1
to Apr 5

Expressive Throwing with Ruthanne Tudball - £550

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A rare opportunity to work with renowned Master Potter Ruthanne Tudball to help you realise and explore your own creativity and personal style in clay.

“A personal style cannot be achieved intentionally. Style is a means to an end and not an end in itself. The important thing is to have fascinations, preferences, nagging questions, enthusiasms and passions. Noticing your concerns and continually defining and refining them is what gives birth to a personal style.” (Clary Ilian) 

With the above thoughts in mind, this throwing course will contain exercises which will stretch and challenge your approach to clay and will offer an opportunity to practice for such things as imagination and originality in your approach to form and decoration. 

The course will provide the opportunity to explore your skills through the making of forms that require you to deal with scale, utility, context and meaning.

All materials and lunch included each day.

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