Ceramics Ireland One Day Workshops 

4 workshops on offer

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

We had a great day at the mill with 22 people participating in the workshops on offer to some images below to give you a flavor of the day. The details are blow of the course that ran, Throwing, Glaze Technology, Mould Making and Raku /Naked Raku

If you have any suggestions for workshops let us know, we are hoping to run one again in July definitely on the list is Throwing

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


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Members rate €75  

Non Members rate €95  


To book your place – Contact Elaine on 087 9510765 or email us at using the contact us box below. Cheques payable to Ceramics Ireland or you can pay using the add to cart button below


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