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Intro to Ceramics
INTRO TO CERAMICS
New to ceramics or feeling a little rusty? Book into our 4-session beginners ceramics course. You will receive a comprehensive introduction to key ceramics techniques including throwing, trimming, hand-building and glazing. At the end of the course you will have 3-4 finished pieces. Once you have taken this course you can hone your new skills in our $39, 2-hour Returning Student Ceramics Sessions.
Learn how to throw your own ceramics on a pottery wheel. By the end of this class you will have:
- Knowledge of pottery wheels and how to use them
- An understanding of the processes involved in throwing ceramics
- A piece (or two) ready to take into your trimming class
Retrieve the piece you threw last time and use trimming tools to finalise its shape and texture. By the end of this class you will:
- Know how to use trimming tools to give your work a refined shape and texture.
- Understand the processes involved in throwing and trimming ceramics
- Have a piece (or two) ready for your glazing session
HAND BUILDING session:
This hand-building class introduces a broad approach to building functional clay objects. In this class you will:
- Be introduced to coil and slab techniques & other forming methods
- Learn an incredibly efficient technique for forming beautiful plates
- Make a piece (or two), which MakerSpace will bisque fire in preparation for your glazing session
This is the last step, put the final touches on your pieces with a layer of glaze. In this class you will learn:
- To select glazes and under-glazes
- How to prepare your work for glazing
- How to apply dip and brush-on glazes
COLLECTING YOUR WORK:
Once your pieces have been glaze fired (usually within 2 weeks of your last class), you can come pick them up. You will end this class with 3 or 4 beautiful and functional pots.
The class fee includes 8 hours tuition, materials, glazes and firing.
About our teachers:
Remy Pajaczkowski-Russell is a Sydney based ceramicist who works between making production domestic ware and his sculptural practice. He trained in Sydney at the National Art School majoring in ceramics before moving to France to work in traditional French studio potteries in La Borne. Since returning from France, Remy has been working in the ceramic field in Sydney in a variety of different roles, from artists assistant and studio management to teaching and course designing.
EJ is a Sydney based artist born in 'the good Korea'. She studied her Honours majoring sculpture at the Sydney College of the Arts. She's recently shown her sculptures at the 541 Art space, The Other Art fair, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart and a solo show with Electrofringe. Her practice is experimental and cross disciplinary, combining different mediums such as performance, video and ceramics. She wasn’t always interested with wheel throwing, it was only when she had a humbling experience learning complexity of wheel throwing. She vividly dreamt of wheel throwing, waking up in confusion as her hands were clean and dry.
PLEASE NOTE when booking a class with MakerSpace &company you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
MakerSpace is an 18+ facility, and our classes and facilities are designed for adults.
The reality is that MakerSpace is simply not set up to accommodate children. For further information please click here: http://makerspace.org.au/book-classes/faq/
Unfortunately our new space cannot offer suitable wheelchair access. We are currently working on improving our facilities to make them accessible for all.
We have very limited parking spaces on Gerald Street so if you're driving here please allow time to look for parking on our street or nearby streets.
Students must wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and wear appropriate safety gear when using equipment. All students will be shown how to use appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).
MakerSpace &company and its tutors will provide training in how to use all equipment and relevant machinery and tools to students during the course. It is essential that no equipment or machinery be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
While all care will be taken, it is the responsibility of the student to follow all instructions and use all the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
- Knowledge of pottery wheels and how to use them
- An understanding of the processes involved in creating ceramic pieces
- How to make a piece (or two) ready to be fired
- Expert tuition from an expert coach.
- Just your enthusiasm!
Casual (Warning: this might get messy)
Open to everyone interested!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Refunds: MakerSpace requires a minimum of 5 days (or 120 hour) notice in writing to receive a 75% refund for change of mind. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date.
Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.
Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.