Summer at Clayspace

Tuesday 2nd August – Thursday 25th August

This summer Clayspace will be running some special classes and family friendly drop-in sessions as well as some adult drop-in sessions. So why not bring the kids along to the morning family friendly sessions and make some future family heirlooms or play on the potters’ wheel –  you know you’ve always fancied a go!

Embrace your inner pyromaniac with our Tuesday evening Raku sessions. You will be able to choose from a selection of handmade pots, and decorate them with our special raku glazes. Then the alchemy begins! Your pots will be fired in our oil drum gas kiln while you watch as the glazes bubble and melt. When it reaches 1000 degrees and looks like golden runny honey we’ll lift the pots out of the kiln, drop them into sawdust and then water. Flames, smoke, steam and then the most beautiful metallic glazed surfaces will appear as you scrub your still warm pot!

Learn some new skills with Bridget and Nigel. With Nigel, discover the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi as you throw a beautifully imperfect Chawan (tea bowl), or make a rugged vase or bottle from soft slabs to showcase your Ikebana skills (flower arranging). With Bridget, master the craft of casting in plaster, make stamps, roulettes, sprigs and hump or slump moulds.

Schedule

• Tuesdays

  • 10:00am – 12:00 midday – Family friendly drop-in
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Adult drop-in
  • 6:00pm – 8:30pm-ish – Raku
    (Raku is an outdoor firing event so is weather dependant. So if it’s raining or too windy the class will unfortunately have to be cancelled.)

• Wednesdays

  • 10:00am – 12:30 midday – Masterclasses
    • 10th Aug – Throwing Japanese teabowls (Nigel Cunningham)
    • 17th Aug – Working with soft slabs, making slab bottles or vases (Nigel Cunningham)
    • 24th Aug – Sprig, stamp, roulette and mould making workshop (Bridget McVey)

• Thursdays

  • 10:00am – 12:00 midday – Family friendly drop-in
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Adult drop-in

Fees

• Adult drop-in fee
£9.00 per session.

• Adult block of 3 or more sessions
£8.50 per session paid in advance.

• Adult block of 6 or more sessions
£8.00 per session paid in advance.

• Family friendly drop-in sessions
£9.00 adult drop-in
£5.00 per child (must be accompanied by an adult)

• Raku Tuesdays
£18.00 per session paid in advance. (includes up to 2 glazed pots)
Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited to 10 students per class

• Wednesday Masterclasses
£15.00 per session paid in advance.
Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited to 10 students per class

Note

There is a small charge for finished fired work which is calculated by weight to cover the cost of clay, glazes and firing.