July /Aug / Sept /Oct 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.
Add Potters’ Toolkit for €12
Where and What Time: This workshop runs for a full day (10am-4pm or 11am-5pm) in our light-filled Arran Street East studio in the heart of the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets area. Eircode: D07 K744 google map. Lunch is from 1pm to 2pm or 1.30pm to 2.30pm, and there are several lovely places nearby for you to buy lunch if you wish, for example:
When will my pot be ready for the Glazing Workshop?
Please allow at least 4 weeks between your Throwdown Workshop and booking the Glazing Workshop as we will need to bisque-fire your pot for you prior to it being glazed. Please sign your pot as instructed by the teacher. Please note - sometimes, not often, pieces don’t survive firing in the kiln and they get damaged - this is beyond any potter’s control. Should this happen to your pot we will supply you with a blank pot which you may glaze at the workshop.
What should I wear/bring?
Your clothes and shoes might get wet and dirty from clay splashes so please wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting messy. Please bring your own apron and a hand towel if you wish.
You may take as many of your pots home with you as you like so please bring small boxes (like Tupperware or cardboard) to bring your creations home with you.
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 on the wheel.
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's the day like? You will be welcomed by your teacher and brought to an upstairs light-filled classroom (no lifts available). Each participant will have access to their own pottery wheel/workstation and 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 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.
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.
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 note you will be working on a pottery wheel in a bent position which might put some strain on your neck or back or wrists. Please first consult your doctor if you have had back, neck, wrist or any other injuries.
To reach the classroom you will have to use stairs and there is no lift in the building.
Please keep your hair tied up and your nails short.
Where can I contact you with any questions? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.