Introduction to Pottery Level One and Level Two – Wednesday AM
January 29 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm$650
Do the Introduction to Pottery Level One and Level Two Courses together and save $100*
Starting Wednesday 29th January 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The best way to start your pottery journey is with an Intensive Course that will teach you the major methods of hand building and decorating with clay.
Throughout this journey you will make some amazing pottery, however, it’s not just about WHAT you make, but the skills your learn along the way. You will move quickly from beginner to amazing potter very quickly. Many of our graduates from this 10 week course are already supplementing their income with markets and online sales of their work!
Ten Week Intensive Course – Level One – Make & Level Two – Decorate
Level One – Make – Week One
In the first half of this course we focus on building your clay skills and introduce the most common hand building techniques. While we give you the basic project and form you are creating, we encourage you to fulfil the idea in your very own way!
- Types of Clay
- Rolling clay by hand
- Creating & using textures
- Template bowls and plates
- Japanese press plate soap dish and incense burner
- Slump moulded bowl
- Obtaining a professional finish
- The clay workflow
- Pinch pots
- Make a tea set – tea pot, pinch pot cups, saucers or a tray to hold it all!
- Cups – design a simple template
- Soft slab building
- Introduction to Slip Casting and coloured clay.
- Building with slabs & coils
- Build a jewellery box from slabs
- Build a jewellery box from pinch and coil
- Introduction to basic glazing
- Introduction to porcelain – time permitting, make a pair of earring, a small porcelain cup, or something similar.
Level Two – Decorate – Week Six
In the second half of this course you are given design briefs and it is up to you how you fulfil the design brief! You can make what you want while you learn more about clay, glazing and decoration techniques.
- Basic glaze chemistry
- Understanding colourants used in pottery
- Body stains
- Different clay bodies
- Make a tall vessel and a flat item for sgraffito
- Homework – design for sgraffito
- Sgraffito and the tools used for it
- Underglaze washi paper transfers
- Slip Trailing
- Make small Japanese press plates to test washi and slip trailing
- Homework – design for a set
- Make a set
- What makes it a set?
- Tie it together with form, clay, glaze, decoration….
- Demonstration – glazing techniques – wax resist, how to test glaze combos
- Homework – design for an advanced slab built project
- Make your advanced slab built project
- Work with the clay, desired glaze effects, and decoration ideas
- Make a small piece for piercing
- Homework – design for piercing
- Homework – research small sculpted items
- Piercing and carving
- Introduction to sculpture – pinch and coil
- Finish off work
After finishing this course you will have a really good understanding of the main ways to make pottery by hand. Many people make their entire living off hand made pottery, so find your style, find your niche and get to it!
- Your course fees include a set of basic clay tools, a set of sgraffito tools, and a slip trailer that are yours to keep (value around $60).
- All clay, glaze, basic decorating materials (including a quarter sheet of washi paper), coloured slips, two firings of all your work and other studio materials are all fully included in course fees.
- ***We give you a FREE 10 class pass to Open Studio Classes (valued at $300) so you can maintain work flow and finish projects and glazing in a timely fashion!
- When you finish your course your first purchased 10 class pass included 3 free classes ($90 bonus)!
When you complete this course you will have touched on a lot of the basic making and decorating techniques used in creating beautiful and unique pottery pieces. However, the course is structured so you learn the techniques, not necessarily so you can find your mojo and create your own masterpieces! If you enjoy working with clay, you can continue at Firebird Studios in many ways:
- Continue into a Level Three – Consolidate course – where we develop a body of work with you, consolidating your style and interests.
- Continue in Open Studio Classes where you are free to discover and try any areas that you find interesting – you work in a less structure environment and can work at your own pace.
- Many students work from home – we offer firing services and we are always on the look out for good home studio kilns – we buy them, check them out and service them and you can buy confidently good priced second hand kilns from us (when available)!
Looking forward to seeing your creations!