May / June Clay Half-Day Workshop (2-hours)
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Clay Half-Day Workshop
About the Workshop
Coil, slab, pinch, build and sculpt – there is so much you can do with clay!
This workshop is a great introduction to working with clay using handbuilding techniques, and you will be amazed at what you can make during this half-day class.
Before ceramicists invented the wheel, handbuilding was the only way they could create functional and artistic ceramic forms. The oldest known ceramic artifact was handbuilt and is dated as early as 28,000 BC.
Handbuilding is a pottery technique that allows you to create forms with clay, without using a throwing wheel. All you need to get started is clay, tools, your hands and enthusiasm. We’ll supply the clay and tools – you bring your hands and enthusiasm!
During the class you will learn how to make pottery pieces at your workstation, through coiling, slabbing, pinching, building, or sculpting methods. One of our experienced teachers will guide you through the process, sharing some basic skills with you.
We will also ask you to select your favourite piece that you made in the class, and we will fire and glaze it for you, and contact you when it is ready for collection - usually within a few weeks after the class.
Or you can book onto one of our Glazing Workshops to learn the basics of glazing technique and to glaze your own pot.
Materials: We'll provide all the materials you'll need. All you need to do is pick a date that suits you and look forward to getting started working with clay.
Who is this course for? This pottery workshop will suit beginners looking for an introduction to working with clay, or those who have worked with clay before and would like a simple refresher or time to make some new pieces.
Is there an age limit for the Workshop? This course is generally for people aged 18 and above. A teenager over 15 may attend if they are accompanied by an adult. Please let us know in advance.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the workshop? The nearest Luas Red Line stop is 'Four Courts', (a five minute walk away) and many bus routes service Stop 1479 on Ormond Quay, at the junction with Capel Street. You'll also find a Dublin Bikes stand at each of these locations. Due to our City Centre location, on-street parking immediately outside the building is limited, but there is pay and display in the general area, and there are large car parks nearby at Jervis Shopping Centre and beside the Fruit and Vegetable Markets.
What's the day like? You will be welcomed by your teacher and brought to your classroom. Each participant will have access to their own pottery tools for the duration of the workshop. We supply all the materials you need. The workshop ends with a class and equipment tidy up - another important part of the potter's training!
What should I wear/bring? Please wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting messy. Please bring your own apron.
Should I wear a mask? As per the government's regulations masks are not mandatory during the workshop.
Are there any Health and Safety issues? Please keep your hair tied up and your nails short.
When will my pot be available for collection? We will ask you to select your favourite piece that you made in the workshop, and we will fire and glaze it for you, and contact you when it is ready for collection - usually within a few weeks after the class.
You will make a few different little pots during the day, which you are welcome to bring home to airdry if you like. Please bring your own wrapping (bubble wrap, tissue paper, small carboard box, etc) if you would like to do this. Please note these pieces can be used for display only and are not watertight. You can recycle the clay in these pieces if you want to make something else or use our At Home Clay Kit if you would like to learn some handbuilding techniques.
COVID19 Protocols In line with the government's easing of restrictions please read our Workshops Covid Measures here. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
What if I have COVID symptoms on the day of the workshop or have a positive antigen test? Please read our Workshops Covid Measures here. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Is my booking transferrable and what is the cancellation policy? You may transfer your booking into someone else's name - please just let us know before they attend.
Where can I contact you with any questions? You can email us at email@example.com.