Throwing pots and hand building pots
If you have ever wished that you could throw pots successfully at the potter’s wheel, the opportunity is here now at Potterydayz. Richard Gibson M.A. has well over 20 years’ experience as a qualified ceramicist throwing pots and producing all manner of fine art made in clay. He has designed pottery courses that will take you to another level, no matter what your start point is with clay. He has developed courses for beginners, intermediates and advanced students and every course is designed to give every participant the maximum amount of attention from Richard himself. Richard doesn’t run courses for large numbers of students as students in large classes miss out on the personal attention that they need in order to make rapid progress. The results that his students achieve are a testament to this winning formula as they are outstanding; most students leave the course having been propelled to the next level of competency.
Come along with a friend or purchase a gift voucher for a friend or family member and at last give a gift that really does thrill and ignite the imagination. Potterydayz’ day courses are designed for bookings of 2, 3 or 4 people to enjoy together, or a family. Couples or friends really enjoy throwing together. It’s huge fun to work at a new hobby together and to ditch the isolationism of electronic devices for a whole day. Children really love the novelty of speaking, doing and being in the real world for a change! Richard always welcomes children who are accompanied by a paying, supervising adult. Children enjoy a discount off the usual fee. the cost for an adult and child is £120 for the day. Dates available to book with children in the immediate future are 17th,20th,21st,22nd,23rd,24th Feb. Easter dates will be posted soon.
Please contact Potterydayz for further details.
In order to satisfy current levels of demand Richard offers courses by arrangement during the weekdays and has some additional dates available during school holidays. Potterydayz is also now taking bookings for the Christmas period and into the new year. Please contact Richard for up to date information on dates remaining. There is a limit so please contact him soon so as not to be disappointed.
What’s included in the price?
Included in the price of £150 for two adults is a free lunch of home grown and made vegetable soup and locally baked bread or feel free to bring your own packed lunch if you have any dietary requirements but it is suitable for vegetarians . There is also an inexhaustible supply of coffee, tea, water and biscuits. There are no hidden charges -everything required for a fulfilling and memorable pot throwing experience is included in the price. That includes, tools, use of the potter’s wheel, apron, clay, tuition etc. At the end of your day, if you have a pot you’d like to keep you may leave it to be fired in Richard’s kiln and come and collect it when it’s ready or he can send it on to you at a small charge of around £12-£15. This course is highly interactive, fun and you will learn lots! Dates that are currently available for booking in the immediate future for adults are : 10th,17th,22nd,23rd,24th,25th Feb and 01st,04th,10th,11th,16th,17th,18th,23rd,24th and 25th of March.
Potterydayz, 6 Station Road, Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, East Northants. PE8 6XP
The ancient Japanese art of raku
Richard is also passionate about teaching his students about the awe-inspiring, ancient Japanese art of rapid glaze firing called raku. Raku courses run between April and October and students learn how to achieve the most amazing and unique glaze patterns on their ceramic objects , pots and bowls etc, using this unusual technique. Unlike conventional firing techniques, Raku is a firing technique that pulls ceramic objects from the kiln at temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees centigrade. The pots are then immediately placed in combustible materials before being dramatically plunged into water to freeze the interesting surface designs that are created by this method. You will be blown away by the fabulous effects that you can achieve. It is the unpredictability of the outcomes that makes Raku so appealing and engaging.
What’s included in the price?
Everything you require is included in the price.For £70 per person you will be supplied with pots to decorate with glazes and oxides before firing them and you may, of course, take these away at the end of the day, at no extra cost, to show off to your friends and family.
Raku firing is quite a spectacle to behold and totally engrossing so at lunch time we will provide a welcome break of a light lunch of fresh salad, delicious bread baked at our village bakery and cheese and biscuits, so you can catch your breath. Lunch is also a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss ceramics with like-minded people. Many new friendships have been forged at a Potterydayz course! Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer. The day will also provide the opportunity for you to hand build pots whilst the firing is in progress.
(Please bear in mind that this can be a smokey affair!)
We usually have between 5-8 people on our course and the whole experience is friendly, intimate and very uplifting. Richard is an expert in the mysterious art of Raku and he has taught thousands of people over the years, so you are learning from a master potter and specialist. On the day, you will see Richard in action, demonstrating the art and then you will learn these techniques through hands on experience. Dates available this year are 12th May (2 spaces only left) June 16th (5 spaces left), July 14th, August 11th and September 15th. Please contact Potterydayz for further details.
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