Learn the ancient techniques of handbuilding with an experienced tutor.
In this six week course (one 2.5 hour class per week) you will learn the the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building.
Using these techniques students will create a range of forms, varying from functional ware to sculptural forms, and experiment with a range of techniques to explore texture and surface decoration. This course is an ideal introduction to experimenting with various handbuilding techniques and is ideal for beginners with no previous experience is required. Each class will have a maximum of 10 students. At the completion of the course students will have their own decorated and glazed work to take home and use.
The cost of this course includes one bag of clay, use of tools, firing, and all materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products should you wish to explore further, and staff are always happy to help guide you.
Please bring along your own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.
Week 1 – Pinching and coiling techniques
Week 2 – Press Moulded Vessels & Exploration of Surface Texture and Relief Work
Week 3 – Slab Building
Week 4 – Independent Project Work
Week 5 – Decorating Techniques: Underglazes & Tissue Transfers
Week 6 – Ceramics 101 with Ray Laurens and Dip Glazing & Decoration
After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.
About Your Tutor Katharina Voigt
Originally from Germany, Dr. Katharina Voigt is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne using locally sourced clay to create beautiful items to escape the busyness of life to a rather quiet and peaceful place that has no strict rules.
Outside of ceramics, Katharina is a Research Fellow within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. Her research interests include systems neuroscience, simultaneous PET-MRI, and decision-making.
I loved both of the courses I’ve completed. Well structured with excellent instructors who are knowledgeable, patient and friendly. Everyone in the classes had a lot of fun and learnt a huge amount. I’ve just enrolled in another one! Can’t wait!
NICK, June 2021