Glaze technology based on use of raw materials will be explained, along with practical sessions in Mixing glazes, Methods of application and Firing cycles.
Started in 1975, the gallery and studio are housed in a converted 19th century stone barn near Holmfirth. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside (selected to feature on the TV series "Last of the Summer Wine"), the area is famous for its rural flavor and scenic walks. Now in its 42nd year, the gallery is known for its promotion of Ceramics. Jim creates one off pieces, alongside commissioned work and functional stoneware.
The emphasis is on personal development and suitable for a range of abilities, although some basic experience is useful.
Glaze technology based on use of raw materials will be explained, along with practical sessions in Mixing glazes, Methods of application and Firing cycles. This information is applicable to both electric and fuel burning kilns.
We will also look at a range of alternative Ceramic Surface treatments including textures, slips, oxides and masking techniques.
Participants are invited to bring several pieces for glazing (if available, but not required) as there will be time for making and bisque firing of small test pieces. Inspiration for design, along with faults and remedies will be discussed. A visit to see larger architectural items is planned. Two stoneware Glaze kiln firings are on the agenda with results assessed, discussed and documented.
The working day will be from 9:30 AM to 1 PM and from 2 PM to 5 PM, with optional evening work welcome. This years course will run during the week beginning the 9th April. The course will begin with an introductions on Sunday evening at 6pm and conclude with discussion of results on Friday; to finish after lunch at approximately 1 p.m.
WHAT TO BRING:
-- A selection of personal clay tools, along with a few bisque fired pieces and any special or
raw materials you may wish to try (wood ashes for example).
--Sketch pad and drawing materials.
--Note pad and pen.
--Apron or overalls and towel.
--Small scales, small lidded containers.
Comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation can be arranged for you.
5 nights will cost approx. £175.00.
We also have space available for camping or small caravan.
--5 nights will cost £50.00
The cost of your weeks tuition is £525.00. (Deposit £150.00) Balance due one month prior to course date. This includes all materials and firings, plus both lunch and evening meals, and tea and coffee during the day