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Clay Taster Course


Clay Taster Course



Course Schedule

Six week course, one 2.5 hour session per week

Wednesday 19 July - 23 August 6pm-8.30pm DAWN VACHON

Course Description

Not sure if you want to learn wheel throwing or hand building?? This is the course for you!

Our unique six week Clay Taster Course introduces students to the medium of clay by exploring both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. The course starts with the fundamental handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building in which students can explore form and texture. Students are then taught the processes involved in wheel throwing, such as wedging clay, centering, throwing cylindrical and bowl forms and turning. The course will conclude with an overview of decorative techniques and their application. Ideal for beginners, this course will definitely give you a great 'taste' for clay!

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay (buff stoneware), use of wheel and tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products you may wish to explore further and is open during business hours. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.

Please bring along your own apron. Covered shoes are essential.

Week 1 -  What is clay? Learn the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching and coiling to make vessel forms.

Week 2 -  Learn various slab building techniques to create forms in clay.

Week 3 -  Introduction to throwing on the pottery wheel. Learn how to prepare and centre clay and make cylinder and bowl forms on the wheel.

Week 4 -  Shop Tours! Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your class for a brief tour of our pottery shop and SMALLpieces space. Learn how to turn/trim the bases of your wheel thrown pots.

Week 5 -  Learn how to decorate using slips and underglaze colours.  

Week 6 -  Learn how to apply glazes for final decoration The methods of dipping, pouring and slip trailing will be covered.

After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.

Tutor Profile Dawn Vachon

Dawn Vachon is a Canadian born ceramic artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2004 Dawn has been studying and creating ceramics. She completed a four year Fine Arts Degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver) in 2008, with a focus on ceramics. Dawn's work has been featured in The Age, The Design Files and numerous magazines. Her work is stocked in SMALLpieces and Craft in Melbourne. Most recently Dawn has been invited to exhibit in 'Back to the Table: Tableware by Emerging Ceramic Artists', at Sturt Gallery, NSW. Dawn also teaches the Surface Safari one-day workshop at Northcote Pottery Supplies.