Ceramics Course For Beginners

Ceramics Course For Beginners

Paula teaches this ceramics course for beginners at her studio in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire over 10 Thursday mornings or 4 Saturdays . During the course you will learn all the basics of working with clay.  You will begin by learning the three main clay hand building techniques (pinch pots, slab building and coiling) and exploring surface textures for decoration. You will then learn about glazes and glazing techniques as well as other decorative finishes such as oxides and underglazes.

By the end of the course you should have at least four pieces (one for each of the techniques and one of your own choosing) of your own hand made ceramics to take home and share with family and friends.

“As a teacher I don’t like to stifle my students’ creativity by restricting what they can make so, once the technique builds are done to learn the specifics of each technique, rather than tell students what they can make, I prefer to help and guide them individually to make what they want to make. I encourage self expression and creative exploration but offer all the support needed along the way to build confidence.”

Paula Armstrong

Classes will be:   10am – 3pm over 4 Saturdays on the 20th Jan, 10th Feb, 2nd & 23rd Mar.

                            10am – 12pm on Thursdays for 10 sessions from 18th Jan (with a break for half term 22nd Feb).

The next courses will run 10am-3pm over 4 Saturdays, the 27th April, 18th May, 15th & 29th June and 10 Thursdays 10am-12pm from 25th April with a break for half term, then again for 4 Saturdays 14th September, 12th & 26th October and 9th November as well as Thursday mornings from 12th September with a break for half term.

At just over £10 per hour the course is great value and includes all materials, firings and access to a wide range of tools and equipment at the studio so all you need to do is wear old clothes that are ok to get messy.

“What I loved about your classes from day one is your relaxed and casual yet thorough approach to teaching someone about working with clay. I think the very supportive and positive environment you’ve created in your classes is an important feature to highlight. I’ve (also) really appreciated your flexibility around the workings of your studio, particularly during the pandemic.”

Lauren McBeath Jan 2021

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