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 Tutors for the Pottery Taster and Improvers sessions are Pris McGirr and Bob Emmett of Snail Pottery.
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 and there will be a Raku pottery session during the 6 weeks in good weather. 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 sculpture classes is Fiona Radford.
We also offer 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.
Pottery Making for Children Most children love playing with clay! Our Kids Classes are great fun and will take place on the first Saturday of every month from 2020 with Colleen Shaw. Colleen is a qualified facilitator of art who is CRB checked and loves assisting children to realise their own creative ideas.
Book a class via our online booking page, in person at the Alford Craft Market Shop or by phone on 01507 463341 (daytime only)