Working with silkscreen, paper stencil, block and potato printing on unfired clay, biscuit and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern, narrative images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze enamels on simple mould forms and tiles. Charge for clay of £1 per 500g before the first firing.
What is the course about?
Clay preparation, clay slab rolling out, to make slabs for tiles on which to decorate, to use simple moulds to create decorated platters, dish forms and plates.
What topics will we cover?
The programme will enable you to make clay slabs and tiles on which to lay decorative surfaces using coloured slips, oxides glazes and to use simple moulds to form vessels. You will use simple imagery and patterns to elaborate with clay decorative processes, slip trailing, potato printing, paper stencil, screen printing, graffito, free mark making, sprigs and the use of glazes. You will create a set of tiles (decorated) and examples of using simple moulds (decorated plates, dish form, plate). You will be introduced to Health and Safety issues and good practice within the studio.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Understand how to roll out clay for tiles or for use in shallow moulds.
- Understand how to use printing techniques shown at the different stages of making before and after the glazing processs.
- Create a personal colour palette.
- Work with pattern and its repeat possibilities and understand the basics of designing tiles.
- Create a series of repeat imagery tiles and dishes.
- Be aware of and work to health and safety guidelines.
What level is the course?
Beginners and intermediate.
How will I be taught?
Demonstrations, both group and individual.
Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?
No prior research is needed. Aprons will be provided. Clay will be £1 per 500g for any clay work to be fired.
What feedback will I get?
Your tutor will be giving feedback at each stage in groups or one to one. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.
Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?
Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The programme for 2008-09 will include a range of possibilities, enabling the students to progress in a range of specialisms within the subject.