Course Details 2016

Terracotta_Potter_DayAll courses are run at our well equipped Solway Ceramics Centre.  The centre facilities are always available enabling individual early starts or late sessions to develop/continue your work if you wish.

All these courses include free breakfast, coffee & tea refreshments and a buffet lunch in the comfort of the Centre's Communal Area.  Cooking and food storage facilities are available in the communal area for your own evening 'self catering' (or there are good pubs nearby that serve evening meals).  W.C.'s and showers on site. Laundry facilities available.  Comfortable leisure area open 24 hours.

In addition there are a limited number of basic camping huts available, free of charge.  They have a simple bed, table and chair, carpet and battery lantern (no electricity).  Alternatively, we can supply a list of good B&Bs and hotels in the local area.

For further details on any of these courses or to book, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call Ray Pearson on 016973 51352.

January 2016 onwards - Open Studio Days - Mondays and Tuesdays

January 2016 onwards.....   Mondays and Tuesdays -  Drop-in Open Studio    For anyone interested in developing (or beginning) their work with clay.  Open 10am  -  4pm   Cost:  £5  (+ materials used)   Develop your own work or, if wished, one to one tuition with Ray Pearson can be pre-booked @ £10 per hour  Please see our News page for further details.  

Group Pottery Days 2016

Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter 2016      Friendship groups, Family groups, Organisations, Schools  -  All these groups have found a day at the pottery to be something really different, enjoyable and inspirational.  Group sizes can be between 4 and 10  with average cost of £30  for the group booking plus £10 per person.  Please see our News page for further details and for  a description of a previous group day!

February to March 2016 - Life Figure Drawing Sessions

Saturdays 27th February / 5th March / 12th March 2016,         Life Figure Drawing Sessions        

Cost £10 per session.    8 places per session.   10.30am - 3.30pm  Participants will need to bring their own materials, boards etc.   A series of short poses working towards a longer pose.   Lunch break of @  1 hour.   Tea/coffee and biscuits included.   

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April 2016 - Silk Painting Workshop

Saturday, 2nd April 2016   Silk Painting Workshop  with Pippa Sheather

first taster session which includes all materials used.   Pippa will be introducing this technique with demonstration and tuition in a relaxed first session.  

Cost is £15       6 places available        10.00am - 12 noon

For further information and booking please ring Pippa Sheather:  Land: 016973 51061 or mob: 07737983730

April 2016 - Demonstration of Paperclay Ceramics - Astrid Sanger and Otaker Sliva

Saturday, 16th April  2016         Demonstration of Paperclay ceramics with Astrid Sanger and Otaker Sliva

In partnership with North West division of Northern Potters Association, Solway Ceramics Centre is hosting this demonstration by the co-authors of 'Paperclay - The Perfect Union' .   Astrid and Otaker live and work in Austria and are reknowned ceramic artists using paperclay.  Their day with us is part of their UK tour promoting both their book and the unique versatility of paperclay.

1.00pm - 4.00pm           Cost  £3 (inc. light refreshments)   

 

June 2016 - Clay Figure Sculpture with Karin Hessenberg

Saturday, 25th June - Sunday, 26th June 2016         A two day weekend course modelling the nude figure from life.  Students will learn direct modelling techniques, sculpting to scale and enhance their observation and knowledge of the human body.  

Cost is £150      10 places available

July 2016 - Course 1 'Throwing - Taking it to the Next level' John Stroomer

Monday, 18th July - Friday, 22nd July 2016       Course 1   'Throwing - Taking it to the Next Level'   5 day throwing course led by John Stroomer                 

A course designed for both beginners and the more experience who wish to take their skills to another level.  Group and individual tuition.  Individual work station and wheel for the entire course.  Demonstrations of advanced throwing techniques by John.  Bowls, bottles, lids, spouts, handles and sections included in course.

Cost is £360      8 places available 

August 2016 - Course 2 'Throwing - Taking it to the Next level' John Stroomer

Monday, 1st August - Friday, 5th August 2016       Course 2   'Throwing - Taking it to the Next Level'   5 day throwing course led by John Stroomer                 

A course designed for both beginners and the more experience who wish to take their skills to another level.  Group and individual tuition.  Individual work station and wheel for the entire course.  Demonstrations of advanced throwing techniques by John.  Bowls, bottles, lids, spouts, handles and sections included in course.

Cost is £360      8 places available

N.B.  This Course  gives the opportunity to continue into the following week's Course 3  'Glazing and Firing'   -   see below    The weekend break between the two courses also gives the opportunity to visit Potfest in the Pens, Penrith (5th - 7th August) and/or the beautiful surrounding Lake District.

August 2016 - Course 3 Glazing and Firing - Gas/Electric/Wood ... with a touch of salt' John Stroomer

Monday, 8th August - Friday, 12th August 2016       Course 3   'Glazing and Firing - Gas/Electric/Wood ...with a touch of salt'   5 day course led by John Stroomer                 

This is a hands on course giving tuition and experience in glaze preparation, glaze recipes, testing, application techniques and firing preparation together with kiln loading and firing using gas, electric and wood/salt kilns - plus the opportunity to continue developing throwing skills with John's expertise always nearby.
For those also doing Course 2 this is a very busy week  combining continued throwing instruction to consolidate and refine your skills with all the above elements of glazing and firing.
 

Cost is £360      8 places available