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Surface Safari Course


Surface Safari Course



Wednesday 31 May - 21 June 6pm-8.30pm (4 week course)

Course Description

Have you had a little experience with clay and glaze, but want to know more? Are you uncertain about available decorative techniques? Don't know what the terms 'sgraffito' or 'mishima entail? This beginner level course is suitable for participants with some previous experience in ceramics, such as those that have completed a six week course at NPS or equivalent.

In this course participants will be introduced to a wide array of decorative techniques and decorating materials for stoneware. Through demonstrations participants will be shown how to apply these techniques and discover their potential for creating interesting surfaces. This course allows participants to explore and experiment. Our aim is for participants to acquire knowledge and confidence to continue developing their ceramic surfaces into the future. The following techniques will be explored, on leatherhard or bisque tiles. These tiles will be fired for students to keep. Digital presentations throughout to compliment course content.

Slip - making slip, stains in slip, texture, trailing, painting, marbling, sgraffito, inlay, mishima. 

Underglazes - painting, paper resist, sgraffito, sponging, including ceramic pencils.

Glazing - dipping, pouring, brushing, layering, cold wax resist, latex, overglaze painting with stains and oxides.

Lustres - application.

In this course work will be fired progressively. Please bring along your own apron, notepad and pen. Covered shoes are essential.

IMPORTANT: This course is best suited to participants with some previous experience with ceramics, such as those that have completed a six week course at NPS, or equivalent. This course focuses on stoneware surfaces. This is an exploratory course for experimenting with a range of surface techniques. Students should not expect to get resolved finished items. If you have any questions please call us on (03) 9387 3911.

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 currently teaches our six week Taster Course at Northcote Pottery Supplies.