Ceramics: architectural slab construction
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VR800
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this course you will gain knowledge of slab building. This skill can be developed to build simple geometric
shapes, repeating 3-Dimentional pattern and irregular multi-faceted objects.
The course will introduce various surface techniques including slip decoration and glazing, to give
you the choice to add texture, pattern and colour to your work.
What will we cover?
- Slab building straight and curved wall.
- Various ways to create texture onto the clay surface using tools and found objects.
- Slip application by painting, stencilling, slip trailing, feathering, marbling, sgraffito and inlay.
- You will have the opportunity to construct complex ceramic sculpture, by building clay forms, dissecting and then
reassembling them in a new way.
- You will be introduced to the work of historical and contemporary artists, designers and architects for inspiration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Slab build a variety of forms.
- Have the ability to add pattern and texture to the clay surface.
- Work with the clay in different states.
- Make sculpture that shows an understanding of composition. For example, with surface and form that work
together, or a range of objects that complement each other.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for those new to Ceramics and those with some previous experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Through practical demonstrations to the group, and individual discussions with the tutor.
- You are encouraged to think about your ideas, and research artists/designers/architects and other sources of
inspiration relevant to your work between classes, but this is not compulsory. Your tutor can give you guidance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sensible/old clothing is advised. There is a cost of £2.50 per 500g for clay before the first firing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit Ceramics offers a range of part-time, full-time courses and workshops at different levels. Students will be encouraged to progress onto more challenging projects at their individual level. .
Depending on your experience you may also be interested in:
VR711 Ceramics portfolio course
VR708 Pottery intermediate
VR737 Pottery evening course
Please check online for the full range of ceramics courses.
After completing this course, depending on your level of experience, you may also be interested in VR710 City Lit Ceramics ‘ VR711 Ceramics portfolio course’, Please check online for the full range of ceramics courses. Courses may be subject to change.
Lauren Ilsley is an artist who predominantly makes ceramic sculpture. She works from her studio in East London, which she set up after graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Master’s degree in Ceramics and Glass. Lauren specialises in combining industrial ceramic processes with hand-building, often modifying tools and techniques to build unique objects. She exhibits her work regularly and is a member of the artist collectives/research groups - Undertow and [ALLOY]. Lauren is committed to teaching alongside her creative practice to pass on her knowledge, skill and passion for ceramics and sculpture. She is currently a ceramics tutor at City Lit and the London Sculpture Workshop; at the latter she helped to design and set up the ceramics facility. http://www.laurenilsley.com
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.