Workshops

Guild Workshops

The following workshop topics can be used to help you design the workshop you want. I can focus on a single topic for one to three days or you can package two or three topics for a two or three day workshop or series or workshops. These can be delivered as demonstration style or participant interactive style workshops. Please contact me to discuss.

Welcome to The Pottery: Guild Workshops
  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 1 - THROWING SECTIONAL POTS

"Build It Bigger, Make It Better"

Whether you want to make larger pots or simply add a distinctive flare to smaller pieces, joining multiple pieces can open up a whole new direction for your work. Some topics to be covered are:

  • Using combined sections to create taller, larger pieces
  • Applying pedestal bases to bowls, teapots or tureens
  • Centering large amounts of clay

  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 2 - TEAPOTS

SIMPLE, SECTIONAL, FUN OR FUNKY

Want to throw teapots that pour with a fine quiet stream with no drip? Now you can. We will explore teapot engineering and function. After examining how to design and construct a great teapot we will explore other issues including handles, body shape, cutting and assembling, swan neck and other spouts.

Welcome to The Pottery: Guild Workshops
  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 3 - UP UP AND AWAY

"Production Techniques To Speed Up Your Work While Maintaining Quality"

  • Throwing to a pointer
  • Throwing off the hump
  • Creating a programme to increase throwing speed
  • Tricks, tricks and more tricks

  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 4 - LARGE AND LIDDED

"Casseroles, Tureens, Cookie Jars and more"

Choosing a lid type and fitting it properly, especially on larger pieces, can seem overwhelming. It need not be.

  • We will cover lids of all kinds and for all occasions including domed, gallery seat and irregular
  • The exploration of lids would be incomplete without exploring handles: pulled, knob, textured, extruded and sprigged

  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 5 - SAGGER FIRING

We will talk about the atmospheric conditions and tricks that help produce great, vibrant sagger fired pots. There will be an exploration of terra sigilata, combustibles, metals and salts and firing techniques

  • WORKSHOP TOPIC 6 - MARKETING

"Sink or Swim, What's It Gonna Be?"

It's no secret that it's very difficult to make a go of it in arts or crafts, whether you hope to survive full time, or as a part time venture. There are ways to make the transition from hobby crafts person/artisan to semi professional or full time. There are almost as many routes as there are artisans but there are serious mistakes that can waste a lot of your time and money. I will help you consider the most successful path for you to achieve the great joy that comes from doing what you love and being paid a living wage to do it.

Welcome to The Pottery: Guild Workshops