Ceramics Open Studio
A hands on ceramics workshop based course, where you will learn through making, exploring ceramic techniques and developing skill bases. Demonstrations on ceramics techniques 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: Martha Todd.
A hands on ceramics workshop based course, where you will learn through making, exploring ceramic techniques and developing skill bases. Demonstrations on ceramics techniques 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 ceramic pieces, whilst also learning about clay tools, materials and equipment and where to source them.
By the end of this ceramic course, you'll have created a number of finished ceramic pieces*. You will understand the basic principles of clay and ceramic making techniques and also have 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 ceramic workshop facilities.
Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.
Please Note - This course focuses on hand built ceramics and students will not be using the throwing facilities. Students’ ceramic works will need to be fired after the course has ended. We will advise students when the work is ready for collection from the college, which should be no more than 1 - 2 weeks following the completion of the course. Work will then be kept for no longer than one month. If it is not possible to return to the college to collect the work, please speak to the tutor to make alternative arrangements. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.
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.
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.