2 day course: Smoke Firing: Earth, Air, Fire, Water - Camden Art Centre

Smoke firing: Earth, Air, Fire, Water is a two-day course led by ceramic artist Claire Bevacqua.

This exciting two-day course gives students the opportunity to experiment with the ancient technique of smoke firing.

During day one, students will be guided through hand building techniques using red earthenware, decorating with slips and burnishing surfaces to a high sheen in our Ceramics Studio.

On day two students will be guided through masking ceramic work to create geometric or organic patterns during the smoke firing process. Students will then participate in setting a fire bed and see the smoke firing process take place in our garden. Ceramic pieces will be placed in metal bin of combustible materials to produce a carbonized effect on the ceramics, resulting in distinctive smoked surface patterns. Pieces will then be cleaned down in a water bath and polished with wax.

This course is great for beginners, improvers and experimenters! Students will make up to 3 small objects (such as pinch pots, tiles or small models) to smoke fire, which can be taken home by students.

This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of working with ceramics. All materials costs are included. Size restrictions apply.

The Artist Additional information

The Artist

Claire Bevacqua is a Ceramic artist who specialises in hand building. Claire has been teaching for over 20 years and loves the unpredictable serendipitous nature of working with clay and smoke firing.

Claire Bevacqua studied Ceramics and Metalwork at Camberwell College of Art, after graduating in 2000 she completed an apprenticeship with Kate Malone and then continued her research in Faenza, Italy and Paterno, Sicily. On returning to the U.K she set up her own studio where she makes and sells her own sculptural work and teaches privately. Claire ran a successful artist residency program ‘Artigiana’ in Sicily in 2013-2016 and has been involved with teaching art and ceramics in the community since 2002.

Additional information

The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Please visit our access page on our website for more information on getting here, parking and facilities.

Adults’ courses are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.

For every season, each person can only book and attend one of the courses on a ‘pay what you can’ ticket.

Booking on a course at Camden Art Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement.

Bookings are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre.
The course will only go ahead if the minimum participant requirement for the course to run is met. If the course does not go ahead, bookings will be refunded.