Ceramics Open Studio
A hands on ceramics workshop based course, where you will learn through making, exploring ceramic techniques and developing skill bases. Demonstrations will provide you with guidance and inspiration, and help you discover the wealth of making possibilities in clay; from hand building, coiling, slab building and press moulding, to surface decoration, using slips and oxides and application of glazes...
Taught by: Amy Hughes, Martha Todd, Darren Ellis.
A hands on ceramics workshop based course, where you will learn through making, exploring ceramic techniques and developing skill bases. Demonstrations will provide you with guidance and inspiration, and help you discover the wealth of making possibilities in clay; from hand building, coiling, slab building and press moulding, to surface decoration, using slips and oxides and application of glazes. A great opportunity to experiment in the ceramics workshop, creating a number of pieces, whilst also learning about clay tools, materials and equipment and where to source them.
By the end of the course you'll have created a number of finished ceramic pieces*. Understanding the basic principles of clay and ceramic making techniques also having gained knowledge of slips and glazes.
Who Should Attend
Beginners looking for a step-by-step guide to studio based ceramic techniques, along with more experienced students keen to use Chelsea's impressive facilities.
Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.
*Please Note - Students’ ceramic works will need to be fired after the course has ended. We will advise students when the work is ready for collection, which should be no more than 1 - 2 weeks following the completion of the course. If you are unable to return to the college to collect your work, please speak to the tutor to make alternative arrangements.
Current Ceramics Specialist Technician at Chelsea and practicing Ceramic Artist, shares a studio with 10 of her former classmates from the Royal College of Art, who collectively transformed a railway arch in East London into a multi-disciplinary art & design studio, known as Manifold. Specialising in hand building and illustration, Hughes has worked and exhibited internationally, working with galleries and private clients. She was nominated to represent the UK in ‘New Talent’ at the European Ceramic Context 2014 as well as being selected for the inaugural Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014 for artists who show an exceptional command of ceramics, alongside an awareness of the heritage of ceramic craft. In 2015, Amy was chosen as the first Ceramics and Industry Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum working in collaboration with 1882Ltd, as well as being selected as one of eleven artists for AWARD at the British Ceramics Biennial ‘presenting new works exemplifying the energy and vitality of the best of British contemporary ceramics practice.’
Hughes is a Visiting Ceramics lecturer at City Literary Institute, teaching experience includes Farnham University, V & A, the Royal Academy, Brighton University and with the Crafts Council.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010 Martha Todd has been making conceptual figurative ceramics within Studio Manifold in East London. She makes work for exhibition and commission and has exhibited in various galleries and shows across London and in the Netherlands.
Alongside her studio work Martha is a sculptor for a commercial mannequin making company, Proportion London Ltd. Here she creates mannequins from clay sculpture through to finished fibreglass master for mass production for high street shops and museums. Clients include Marks and Spencer’s, V&A Museum, Victoria Beckham, Warner Brothers and Rick Owens.
She is currently studying for her PhD at University of the Creative Arts. Her area of research is the role of clay and the importance of authorial making in contemporary figurative sculpture.
Martha’s specialisms include sculpting with clay and wax, hand building in ceramics, model making, mould-making, slip casting and press moulding. Recent work has been focusing on a variety of surface techniques to replicate other materials through the use of slips, engobes, stains and under-glazes.
Darren Ellis graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, soon after Darren worked as an apprentice to internationally renowned potter Lisa Hammond to further develop his skills as a maker. Currently he works as a potter in South East London at Maze Hill Pottery, Greenwich, producing small batches of domestic ware for the use of cooking, serving and presentation of food. Darren exhibits throughout the UK in various galleries, exhibitions and ceramic based shows. His work specialises in firing works in a reduction atmosphere, alternating between wood and gas kilns with glazes consisting of celadon, nuka and ash on a stoneware body. Darren also works as a technician at Chelsea College of Arts, UCL Institute of Making as well as teaching privately in Maze Hill Pottery.
The following materials will be provided for your use in the class, however we do encourage students to continue with their ceramic skills after completing the course and so purchasing these materials is recommended as a beneficial investment for further creative development:
Please make sure that you wear sensible shoes and old clothes or bring overalls.