Join our current guest artist in residence Madeleine Thornton-Smith in a 1 hour handbuilding workshop online via zoom.
In this session Madeleine will demonstrate two different ways of making a ceramic platter from start to finish, using our Pottery Starter Kit and a few basic household items.
This workshop is suitable for beginners, and anybody with a reliable internet connection.
Things you will need:
- Rolling pin or wine bottle.
- Knife– kitchen butter knife would suffice.
- Bag of clay– We suggest PS3010 stoneware clay or RHB included in our clay kit.
- Needle tool- included in the clay kit.
- Sponge– included in the clay kit.
- Bucket of water.
- Cutting wire– Included in the clay kit.
- Modelling tool–included in clay kit.
- Rubber Kidney–included in the clay kit.
- Some newspaper or chux wipes.
- Plastic sheet or a plastic bag to wrap your work in.
- Two long square bits of wood that are the same size. (optional)
- Large round plate or platter to trace around to get the shape for your platter- you can get something from the $2 shop or you can use a plate from your kitchen- just make sure you wash it well afterward.
- You can work on a wooden board such as an old chopping board, or wooden table is ideal to work on. Avoid a sticky surface such as Laminex or glass as the clay will stick to this.
If you are worried about working on a nice surface, you can always lay down some canvas, calico or an old cotton sheet or table cloth.
Ahead of the class, make some joining slip
To do this, take a small chunk of clay, place it in a jar or container, add some water and if you have it, some white vinegar and give it a stir with your modelling tool. You have now made a basic SLIP which is used for joining. Madelaine will show you how to use this during the demonstration.
Class will run from Wednesday 4th August from 4.00-5.00