Ceramics Ireland One Day Workshops 

4 workshops on offer

Saturday 26th APRIL 2014,  10am -5pm               Island Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Registration from 9.30am

Cost: €75 Members €95 non members Includes: tuition, materials, lunch, tea/coffee

These courses will be suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their existing skills

Throwing Workshop 

Advanced and intermediate, beginners. This workshop places an emphasis on improving your skills. Areas covered:- two piece throwing, lids and galleries, throwing from the hump, handling and turning. Demonstrations; teapots, bottle forms and bowls. Those wishing to work with porcelain will also be accommodated.

All participants will have access to electric potter’s wheels. Please bring: an apron, sponge, wire, and any other throwing tools you may require

Press Mould Making Workshop with Kieran Whitelaw

My one day workshop will show participants how to use plaster of paris to make press moulds for dish making.  The workshop will show the process if making a model, a mould and how to make a series of ‘hump’ moulds for making dishes.  We will make hump moulds and use them to produce dishes.  Participants will make their moulds and a full set of notes will be provided.

As potters we often have a poor understanding of plaster of paris as a material.  Good quality press moulds can be very useful in a ceramic studio.  I trust this hands on workshop will enable you to handle plaster of paris with confidence.

Please bring: an apron, sponge, kidney and any other tools you may require

Raku / Naked Raku

Raku Firing in Top Hat Raku Kiln. Bring your own biscuit fired pieces or use those supplied, to glaze, fire and employ post firing reduction techniques.

This workshop will involve firing kilns and participants will have the opportunity to glaze and fire work with traditional raku glazes and also use naked raku techniques and will experience post firing reduction.

 Please bring: 2/4 small bisque pieces in white clay

Understanding Glazes Workshop with Gus Mabelson

This is a one day workshop with an emphasis on hands on experience of glaze materials and glazes although some basic glaze chemistry will be covered. Participants will have access to the pottery skills course glaze library, research room and test firing facilities.

  1. Raw materials, what they are and their function within a glaze recipe.
  2.  The role metallic oxides and stains play in the colouration of glazes.
  3. Mixing a glaze recipe.
  4. Applying a glaze.
  5. Test firing glazes.                                                                                                        This workshop will involve a presentation on glaze materials and what they do.  You will be introduced to stoneware glazes, glaze application and fast firing tests. Firing in a rocket kiln. Bring your own biscuit fired pieces or use those supplied, to glaze and fire. Please bring: 2/4 small stoneware bisque pieces, an apron, sponge and any other tools you may require

Professional Practice

How to photograph your work with Rory Moore – Photographer

Creative Practice in Writing with Eleanor Flegg

Creative Practice in Writing will explore how ceramic artists can harness the creativity that they use in making objects to enhance and empower their written work. Focusing on the Artist’s Statement, the talk and workshop will offer simple practical advice, shortcuts, and troubleshooting techniques designed to help makers produce powerfully (and painless) personal statements, and possibly even enjoy the process.

Dr Eleanor Flegg is a writer and craft historian. She lectures in craft history at the NCAD and is a columnist for the Irish Arts Review and the Irish Independent, and a regular contributor to Ceramic Review. She also makes radio for Lyric FM’s Culture File and recently wrote and presented a one-hour documentary on the Kilkenny Design Workshops. She is the founder of the Dublin Craft Writers’ Group and has run writing workshops for the Crafts Council, Wexford Arts Centre, the Korean Cultural Institute, London, and the Dóchas Centre under the Arts Council’s Writers in Prisons Scheme.

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Members rate €75  

Non Members rate €95  


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