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.
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.
*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.
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.