Ceramics for beginners & improvers
The Way of Clay: Ceramics for beginners and improvers is a 7 week course led by Claire Bevacqua. The course will guide students through 3 short projects covering pinching, soft slabbing using templates, coiling, spring and relief work. Students will also learn about surface decoration such as impressing texture into clay, sgraffito, decorating with slips, underglazes and glazes.
During the course, students will build up their knowledge of ceramics practice by taking part in a series of short projects, each one building on the skills and techniques acquired the previous week. For the second half of the course students will then have the opportunity to develop their own projects with guidance and support.
The projects will give students an understanding of the clays and materials Camden Art Centre has on offer and an understanding of decorative techniques and firing temperatures. Students will also be shown what is ‘good practice’ in a ceramics studio including health and safety guidelines, how to prepare clay for projects and clay recycling.
This course will cover:
- Pinching, coiling, soft slabbing using templates
- Sprigg and relief work
- Surface decoration inc. impressing texture in to clay, sgraffito, decorating with slips, underglazes and glazes.