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Claymates are my mobile clay workshop experiences. It is a non- profit enterprise, making versatile, unique and joyful experiences for people to engage with clay.

Here at my studio in Digbeth I am running two courses until September this year that give you the experience of designing and making tableware and accessories for your home.

 

Taking place on a Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7 – 9pm a group of 4 people can make and design their own Candlestick Holders or Tapas Tableware Set for that special evening.

 

Prices are £85 per person for 4 sessions and include all materials and firing. 

Both courses are designed for beginners. Those of you who would simply enjoy a couple of hours playing with clay, or learning how to design a form, build it and apply surface pattern. Over four sessions of two hours, within a small group setting - you will have access to the expertise of a professional ceramicist, who will guide you through your ideas and teach you the skills.

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Freeform Terracotta Candle Holders

About the course:
Freeform is hand building a structure, without using the wheel or
other moulds; this will be an accessible guide into making, which
you can explore outside of the studio too. All of the materials are
included, along with the finishing touches - firing and glazing are
given to you for free.


Before the first session you will be invited to join an online
meeting with your group, discuss the course and share design
ideas – this is an introductory session (included in the price).

Week 1 - Will focus on bringing your freeform images and ideas to
life, through sketching, collecting images and understanding how
terracotta works as a medium. You will be guided individually
through the process of how to model your form, as well as
understanding how to make it functional. Hands will get messy
with clay from the get go.


Week 2- Will look at how different modelling techniques can add
to your design and start to build with these in mind. We will be
referring to your ideas and looking at visual prompts to develop
your work.


Week 3- Will begin to look at how you would like to create a design
upon the surface of your form, through creating texture and/or
using sgraffito, under glaze colour and painting skills.


Week 4 - Will be creating your candle holders, using the
techniques you have learnt and applying a surface decoration, to
create a finished piece or 2!

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Make these candleholders completely unique, and light up your nights with your own creation

Completed pieces can be collected from The Custard Factory 2 weeks later. All of this is included within the course price!

£85 for 4 sessions, including firing and introductory zoom

Wednesday or Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Studio 111 in The Custard Factory

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Make this set ready for summer, to eat and share food outside with your friends on your handmade tableware

Completed pieces can be collected from The Custard Factory 2 weeks later. All of this is included within the course price!

£85 for 4 sessions, including firing and introductory zoom

Wednesday or Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Studio 111 in The Custard Factory

Designing and Making Tapas Tableware

About the course:

The course will look at using colour and surface pattern designs,
with underglazes and different mono printing techniques. You
will learn how design is involved in creating a ‘set’ of pieces.


Before the first session you will be invited to join an online
meeting with your group, discuss the course and share design
ideas – this is an introductory session (included in the price).

Week 1 - We will focus upon hand building techniques and how we can bring our design ideas together with the skills we will learn. Techniques such as coiling, pinch pots, slab building , press
forming and using hump moulds to create forms will be taught.
We will make our first samples in preparation for week 2.


Week 2- Looking at ideas of form, size and function collected
from visual research, we can begin to design a collection of 3
small bowls and plates in our own individual style using any of the
processes taught in week 1.


Week 3- This week focusses upon colour and how we can create
impactful designs upon our forms using mono printing, hand
painting and different colour pathways. We will create a small
bowl and plate using the above techniques.


Week 4- We will bring all of our skills together to create the final set. We will discuss tableware glazing techniques and how this affects our designs. By this week we will have a set of 3 bowls and plates which we have made and decorated ready to fire and glaze (in my studio, in Edgbaston).