We celebrated the Craft Council’s National Hey Clay! Weekend in March 2018 where venues across the country put on free pottery sessions so everyone could have a go. It was a great morning in our pottery sdtudio at the Alford Craft Market Centre with 24 people coming in to try their hand at clay slab building, sculpture and throwing.
Alford Craft Market Centre Ceramics
At our Ceramics section of the Bakehouse workshop we offer different ways of introducing you to the exciting art of pottery. We encourage you to have a go at many different techniques - not just throwing on the wheel, which most of you will visualise when thinking of what potters typically do, but hand building, modelling, design and decoration, sculpture, ceramic jewellery, and Raku firing.
We have four potters wheels and offer Taster Sessions and Improver Sessions in throwing. Your best pots will be fired and glazed for you by the tutors and can be picked up from the shop when ready. The Tutor for the Pottery Taster and Improvers sessions is Pris McGirr.
We also offer six week ongoing courses such as:
Pottery Design and Decoration, involving both thrown and hand-built items hopefully of your own design, but if you need inspiration to start your project we will give you some ideas. You will learn different ways of decorating and glazing your work. The tutor for the 6 week courses is Pris McGirr.
Clay Sculpture with subjects from nature such as poppy seed heads, tortoises, hedgehogs and other garden dwellers. The Tutor for clay sculpure classes is Fiona Radford.
One off classes in Raku firing. This is a visually exciting and very fast way of firing pottery with beautiful and surprising results. Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colours in the glazes. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking (known as crackling since it is deliberate). Let us know if you are interested in coming to a class as we will be offering raku classes in the Spring/Summer of 2018.
Pottery Making for Children
Most children love playing with clay! Our Kids Classes are great fun and take place during weekends and school holidays with Fiona Radford.
Book a class via our online booking page or in person at the Alford Craft Market Shop