Animal forms in ceramics
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VR801
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course is about exploring the possibilities of creating small scale animal forms in clay, using various techniques.
What will we cover?
Slab building, coiling, and pinching will be taught, as well as different tooling techniques to bring three-dimensional
clay figures to life. If you are a thrower, you are welcome to add or work with thrown elements. We will explore some
basic surface decoration with slips, mono-printing and texture, as well as glazing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of one or several hand-building techniques
- Be able to use these techniques to create small clay animal forms
- Be able to consider the surface of the figure/s, and have an understanding of simple decorating techniques as
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience with clay is beneficial, as the course is quite short, but basic techniques will be covered.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through presentations, demonstrations, and explanations, as well as hand-outs. The tutor will
provide guidance and advice. You will not be required to do any work outside the class, but if you wish to do and
drawing, sketching, or collecting images, you are very welcome to do so.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is a charge of £2.00 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge is £17.50 per bag/ £8.75 per half bag.Tools and materials provided; you do not need to bring anything with you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pottery for beginners and improvers - VR792 or Ceramics surface decoration in clay - VR719. At the end of the course you will be given information about further courses available for those who wish to continue.
Shelley Wilson is a multi award-winning national: international artist, a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Trained: Camberwell College of Art BA Hons Ceramics: Post-Graduate Sculpture Sir John Cass School of Art: Anatomy for the Artist at UCL. She has collaborated with the most eminent members of the scientific world to comment on topical science based & ethical issues, her exhibition Body Politic took the socio-political climate surrounding the General Election in 2010 as subject material in a celebration of the experiences of the 150 MP’s who stepped down at that time. Wilson’s inspiration is the human form, she combines the three disciplines of ceramics, sculpture, & photography. She explores expressive forms of visualization, experimentation, & interaction between materials & subject matter, taking inspiration from the physicality & psychology of the human form. Since 1989, Wilson has taught sculpture, ceramics, & drawing, from adult education - undergraduate including special needs. She has been Lead Artist in sculpture workshops at British Museum & National Gallery, awarded artists residencies schools in the UK & Europe.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.