We will be holding two Christmas workshops this year. The first of these will be Tea-Light Holders on Sunday 3rd November and the second Christmas Tree Decorations on Saturday 9th November. These are both hand-building workshops, they are suitable for all levels of experience and will include festive refreshments. You will have access to a large selection of equipment and the cost of firing your finished work is included. These workshops are a fantastic introduction to working with clay and they are a lovely way to spend time with a friend or loved one. They also make a unique gift.
Tea-light holders with Helen Rondell
Sunday 3rd November 2019 10am – 4pm £150
You will start with rolling out your clay, learning ways to achieve a smooth finish and even thickness. Then you will begin to add texture to your clay slab. We will provide some inspiration and Helen will demonstrate a selection of decorative ideas, but you are free to use your imagination and come up with your own unique surface design. Next, you will work on cutting out and building the form for your tea-light holders and they will begin to take shape.
At around 12.30pm we will take a break for a delicious two-course lunch. This will provide an opportunity for your work to dry out a little ready for the afternoon session.
After lunch, Helen will show you some techniques to create holes in your work to reveal different light patterns. She will be available to guide you through this process as you work on your own pieces. This stage can be quite intricate and absorbing! At the end of the day you can choose from a selection of glazes to add the finish to your tea-light holders.
You should complete two or three tea-light holders, depending on the speed you work at and your attention to detail. Your work will need to completely dry out before it can be fired. It should be ready for you to collect after three to four weeks.
Christmas Tree Decorations with Liz O’Dwyer
Saturday 9th November 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm £60
You will be working with porcelain to create a selection of beautiful tree decorations. Liz will demonstrate how to roll the porcelain into even, thin, flat sheets. We will show you a selection of finished decorations and images to inspire you to come up with some exciting ideas for your own pieces. We have a huge collection of stamps, cutters and tools for you to choose from to add pattern and form to your work.
There will be a refreshment break mid-way through the session which will include festive drinks and snacks. This will be an opportunity for your porcelain slabs to dry out a little.
After the break, Liz will demonstrate some techniques to add texture and cut out the shape for your decorations. She will be on hand to guide you through this process as you work on your own decorations.
You should complete around 10-15 tree decorations, depending on how quickly you work and how much detail you include. Your work will need to dry out completely before it can be glazed and fired. It should be ready for you to collect after around three weeks.