Kigbeare in Devon: Pottery Workshops 2019:
Kigbeare offer a range of courses throughout the year. Below are 2019 courses, but if booked up, there will be more, so its worth talking to Kigbeare and finding out what else is planned.
Niek Hoogland will be running his three day workshop from the 28th June to the 30th June 2019.
Cost: £450 for the three day workshop, to include refreshments throughout the day plus a light vegetarian lunch. Some B&B available on site.
Working with earthenware clay, you will make a whole range of domestic ware which Niek will then show you how to decorate, using a range of slipware techniques. Niek will demonstrate throughout each day and is on hand to help you iron out any throwing or glazing issues you might have.
Everyone always wishes Niek’s workshops were longer because they enjoy them so much. For more information and to reserve a place, send contact detail to email@example.com
Next Workshop July 5th to 7th 2019
Svend Bayer runs regular workshops at Kigbeare to teach potters how to get out of their comfort zones and throw bigger pots. This course is really only suitable for intermediate potters, but provided you can manage a decent cylinder, bowl and plate, Svend will ensure that you leave after three days with better throwing techniques and certainly, throwing larger forms.
Each potter will have a Shimpo Whisper wheel, unlimited use of clay, and all the tools necessary. Classes are limited to a maximum of 8 people. All practice pots are usually recycled at the end of the workshop, but if there is one you are particularly proud of, arrangements can be made to buy the clay at cost, and to have it bisque fired at Kigbeare Studios.
Course date: 5th to 7th July 2019
Time: 9.30 – 5pm daily
Cost: £475 to include a vegetarian lunch daily, plus refreshments.
There are many options for accommodation, on site, locally, B&B, hotels or caravan and camping sites – just ask for details
To book a place on the workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT WORKSHOP: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd 2019 (register now for a place – they are going fast!)
Matthew Blakely is a distinguished and internationally known potter. Best known, perhaps, for his knowledge of how glazes are made and fired. He makes ceramic pieces that are entirely created from rocks and minerals that he collects from all over the UK.
The three-day workshop will be roughly along these lines:
- Day 1: Students bring your own clay and rock samples.
Prepare clay tests – crushing, sieve, plasticity, shrinkage bars etc. All to be dried out for firing in electric test kiln to 1100c next day.
Rock tests – preparation, melt tests and simple line blends. Then class line blends and demonstration of quadraxial blending. All samples ready for firing in gas kiln next day.
- Day 2: Glaze technology lecture. Then fossicking and collection of local material, in field analysis of suitability.
- Day 3: Geology basics. Rock types and practical and legal considerations about collecting. Open Kilns and analysis of results. Use result to illustrate glaze theory with found materials. Future directions and preparing tests of found materials for people to take away with them and fire in their own kilns.
Whilst there is a considerable theory element in Matthew’s glaze classes, he tries to keep it simple and logical and interspersed with practical making to break it up and demonstrate the theory.
Be prepared to head out onto Dartmoor and collect materials for future testing under his expert guidance.
Dates: 20th to 22nd September 2019
Time: 9.30 to 5.00
Cost: £475 per person to include refreshments and lunch daily
to reserve your place: email@example.com
There are also weekday and Saturday courses/classes from time to time for all levels – so do check up. Have a look at their website