Ceramics Workshop in English - Basics

– 7 classes, 8 spots, 1000 PLN per person

– Thursdays 18:00-21:00
Next class starts on April 23rd 2020.
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Course program:

Pinching technique

This technique dates back to 10.000 BC. It’s a simple method of working clay allowing for creation of both decorative and utility objects. While learning this technique you will create three objects: a bowl, a sugar-bowl and an ocarina. You will also learn how to decorate your objects by pressing and stamping using basic tools. 


Coiling technique

This technique has been used for thousands of years to create vases and large ceramic vessels. It’s been known all across the world – from China, through Greece, Mexico to Africa. Currently it remains one of the most favoured methods among potters. During this class you will learn two variants of this technique – bonding coils using silt and smearing. Using this knowledge you will create a mug or a small sculpture using silt bonding technique and start working on large vase or a lamp using the smearing variant.


Forming from slabs, part I

Froming from slabs technique, just as those you’ll learn on the previous classes, is known since ancient times. It’s been used – and still is today – to create tiles and dishes, such as cups, plates, pots or teakettles. While learning this technique you’ll create a simple set of dishes: two cups and two plates. You’ll also learn how to work with texturing decorative methods. At the end of this class you’ll prepare slabs for use during the next class.


Forming from slabs, part II

From slabs you’ve prepared during the previous class you will create geometrical forms: either a set of boxes with lids or decorative forms. This workshop will show you the difference between soft plastic slabs and stiff leather-hard ones.

Part of this class will be dedicated to work on large form you’ve started during the second workshop.


Combining coloured clays

This class will be dedicated to creating incrustations using coloured clay. First you’ll learn how to colour clay, then you will create incrustations using those coloured clays – graphic, colourist or figurative. The end result of this class will be ceramic paintings or more utilitarian object, like large plates or  pads for hot pots. 

During this workshop you will also finish forming the large form you’ve started during the second workshop. 


Glazing, part I

During this class you will learn what ceramic glazes are, the difference between food-safe and decorative glazes, gain knowledge of firing temperatures and understand how to match clay and glazes. You will also learn various glazing techniques: pouring-over, dipping, painting with brushes and even nasal aspirator. Additionally you will get to know engobes and metallic oxides. During this class you will glaze objects you’ve created on first two workshops. After this is done, your glazed creations will be fired and be ready to be picked up and taken home after the next class.


Glazing, part II

During this workshop you will be glazing your vases, lamps and plates. You will learn why large objects are often spray-glazed.

Those of you willing to try something more unorthodox will have an opportunity to try out glazing using soap bubbles. After this final workshop, your glazed objects will be fired and be ready for pick up within about a week.

Workshop days:
April 23rd, 30 th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th