The Breakfast Set - six weeks starts Sunday 19 March 1-4pm SOLD OUT
with Renee Ferguson
Week 1 – Begin with weighing out enough clay to make a cup before throwing a cylinder shape: center, open and lift clay to form an 10cm high cup. Consider various shapes for making a handle to add to your cup. It is possible to make more than one cup or mug. Trimming bottom of cup(s) before end of session. A demonstration of various surface design options for finishing your piece(s) is included.
Week 2 – Weighing out clay for a larger piece to make a basket or bowl. Improving your centering skills for throwing clay on the wheel. Opening sides of clay and using throwing tools to form curved sides for a rounded shape. Measuring with a caliper and scaling pieces to help with adding a handle for the basket, or side lugs for a bowl. During this second session there will be time to continue with surface design on cups and basket/bowl shapes as well as trimming. A demonstration on various handle options for the basket is included as well as examples and discussion on possible surface finishings suing stock glaze or designs on bisqueware.
Week 3 – Learning to make plate: throwing a wide, flat form on the wheel to shape a plate. Improving on centering and throwing skills, opening and lifting clay to make a plate for your breakfast set. Using additional throwing tools to shape the edges of opened clay to form a wider, flat plate shape. During this third session there will be time to continue with surface design on cups and basket/bowl shapes as well as trimming. A demonstration on various edge details for plate is included.
Week 4 – Continue working on thrown pieces to have a complete set of at least three pieces. Some pieces will be bisqued fired and ready for underglazing and glazing. Demonstration on application of underglaze and overglaze, including use of both with clear glazing.
Week 5 – Finishing of surface design: all pieces will be bisque fired and surface applications with underglaze and glazes will be applied.
Week 6 – Finishing of surface design: all pieces will be bisque fired and surface applications with underglaze and glazes will be applied.
All materials provided by Central Craft with use of glazes and firing costs included. Demonstrations and explanations of clay properties, glazing, oxidation and an overview of firing techniques with handouts will be provided. Pieces will be fired and available for collection and discussion two weeks after the final class.