Porcelain – Richard Heeley
22nd and 23rd August 2018- Clay College, Stoke-on-Trent
This is a two-day masterclass aimed at people who already have intermediate throwing skills and wish to expand their knowledge.
You will learn about the processes Richard Heeley uses to throw and decorate his work using porcelain, slips and oxides. Richard is a skilled potter and a selected member of the CraftPotters’ Association.
He has over 20 years’ experience of teaching pottery. This is a real opportunity to understand his approach and creative process and to apply them to your own work.
This course is suitable for those who have experience of throwing, are able to centre clay and are confident in throwing a 10cm cylinder. There will be mixture of demonstrations and opportunities to throw yourself with the help of the tutor.
Masterclass – Ken Matsuzaki
14th September 2018 – Clay College, Stoke-on-Trent
Clay College is honoured to host a masterclass by one of the most exceptional and renowned Japanese potters working today.
Ken apprenticed under Living National Treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who was trained by founding member of the Mingei movement, Shoji Hamada. He established his own kiln in Mashiko in the late 70s.
Today, his work is exhibited worldwide and held in national collections from the V&A to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This practical masterclass is a rare opportunity to learn from and work alongside one of the leading international figures of ceramic art.
Places on this masterclass are limited and there is likely to be high demand so prompt booking is recommended. Please note that this masterclass is not suitable for beginners.
Improvers Throwing Weekend
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018- Clay College, Stoke-on-Trent
Clay College Stoke is pleased to be able to offer a weekend, pottery improvers’ course. The weekend is suitable for those who have experience of throwing and are able to centre clay and are confident in throwing a 10cm cylinder, but who want to develop greater consistency in their throwing and learn to throw bigger and taller pots.
There will be a range of demonstrations as well as plenty of opportunities to practice throwing and develop your technique, with the help of the tutor.
The class will be led by Richard Heeley; a skilled potter and a selected member of the Craft Potters’ Association. He has over 20 years’ experience of teaching pottery.
Situated in historic Middleport Pottery, the College offers a creative environment and excellent facilities including a potter’s wheel for each student.