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Contemporary Fine Art Pottery (Summer School)

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Ceramics by Aisling Chen, BA (Hons) Decorative Arts

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This course is perfect for anyone wishing to produce innovative ceramics who is interested in surface decoration and the manipulation of form, pattern and texture.

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Course Dates

7th August 2017 – 11th August 2017

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Course Description

You will start this course with exploratory drawing on location to create exciting and fresh source material to work from during the week. You will investigate pattern, texture, imagery and decoration which will then inform a response in clay, where you will use a range of clay bodies to develop your hand-building skills and surface decoration techniques.

There will be sessions on print and image making, and the opportunity to transfer your designs on to ceramics using a digital decal printer.

Your ceramic work will be complemented by exploring and incorporating found materials to create weird and wonderful decorative pieces.

On this course you will: 

  • Design and make contemporary pieces of ceramics
  • Use contemporary approaches to methods and materials
  • Access excellent facilities and equipment to realise your work
  • Find inspiration from new processes, some of which might be familiar and some will be new.

What will you gain?

The end result will be a range of designs, drawings, technical files and finished objects that reflect your passion for the curious. You will have work to take home with you, and any work that is fired and waiting for glazes to dry can be collected (or sent to you) after the course.

You do not need any previous experience with ceramics to attend this course. Whatever your background and interest you will find this course a great opportunity to learn new skills and create exciting 3D work.

“I enjoyed Jason’s courteous enthusiasm and patience, and learning new techniques that I hadn’t heard of. And lots of excellent materials.” MB, Summer 2016

“Jason was excellent. I learnt so many different and  new techniques. It was jam-packed – I was able to be really creative. I would highly recommend this course to everyone.” JA, Summer 2016

“All the decorative techniques were amazing. Jason was really helpful and patient. Loved it!” MR, Summer 2016

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813