News for 2023.
I'm excited to be showing work at the three day festival Art in Ancrum from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May. This is the first time I've been invited here, and am delighted to be in the company of over thirty artists and craftspeople for the weekend in various locations round this lovely Borders village. Here's a link to their website www.artatancrum.org.uk
In 2023 I won’t be running any long courses, but instead am offering two intensive Saturday workshops. The first of these will focus on making, with some greenware decoration; the second day will focus on bisque decorating and prep for final firing in my elecric kilns which you would pick up at a later date, and reduction firing outside in my raku kiln, which will be a live event and you will be able to take home that day!
I want specifically to look at processes which I haven't taught before so this could be of interest to past pupils as well as new ones. The making part will involve carving into plaster moulds which I will be constructing especially for the course and which will belong to you afterwards.
We will then make pieces from your moulds using slipcasting and press moulding techniques. We will be looking at the decorating method of terra sigillata, first used by the Romans and Egyptians, which allows a piece to be highly polished and fired without using a glaze. The work will all be fired in preparation for the following weekend's final finishes in underglaze or low firing raku treatments.
The dates would be the 17th and 24th of June, from 10.00am - 4.00pm with breaks for refreshments (bring your own packed lunch or I could provide soup and oatcakes t.b.a.) The charge for the two day course would be £180, inclusive of clay, glaze, and firing costs and there will be a max number of six in the class. If there are more than six people who wish to take part, I will arrange a repeat course for the autumn to be held on the 16th and 23rd of September.
I won't be teaching throwing on these days, but if anyone is interested in one to one lessons or sharing with one other person at some other time, please let me know. The charge for solo lessons is £30 per hour inclusive of materials and firing, or £20 per person if sharing with one other.