Workshops/demonstrations

Workshops and demonstrations will take place at Southwell Library, a short stroll from the Market Square, in The Bramley Centre, King Street and will each last for approximately 1 hour .  To book a place on a workshop (a non refundable donation to Adopt a Potter of £3 will be payable) please contact Susan Morton via admin@ceramicsinsouthwell.org.uk or telephone 01636 815788.

Each workshop will be restricted to a maximum of 12 participants & are likely to get full quickly so to secure a place don’t delay, book today!  Children must be at least 6 years of age & be accompanied by an adult.

10:45  Workshop for children.  Katie Braida, making unexpected creatures!  Paticipants will create their own magical, mysterious and unexpected creatures. With slabs of clay detail can be added & texture applied using a variety of tools.  Work will be made from air drying clay and can be taken home at the end of the session.

12:00  Demonstration.  Carl Gray, throwing square pieces of clay.  Carl’s recent body of work includes bowls & plates thrown from square pieces of clay giving rise to interesting rims which show off the unique properties of clay.  Carl will talk through the process as he makes square plates & bowls.  Time permitting, he will aim to make a finished soap dish.

13:15 Workshop for adults (age 16 & above).  Jo Keogh, working with sectional moulds.  Participants will construct a sectional plaster mould and use this to slipcast a unique ceramic vessel.  If you want your finished vessel firing & posting to you there will be an additional cost of approximately £8.

14:30  Demonstration.  Trudy Weir, working with mixed clay.  Mixing clays of the most diverse colours can produce extraordinary decorative effects. Depending on how the clays are layered and worked, the decorations can be unpredictable and surprising, or carefully arranged and calculated.  Often described as nerikomi, neriage or agateware, it is similar to glass millefiore but it is probably more easily thought of as akin to seaside rock manufacture, where the pattern goes all the way through.  Trudy will show you a technique whereby different stoneware clay bodies are combined to make a patterned slab from which a ceramic piece can be produced.