Details of courses and teaching sessions

In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt photographed by Alun Callender

 


Making with Porcelain

Try throwing with porcelain or hand-building with clay at my Brighton workshop.

I offer one-to-one Saturday sessions at my studio which can be booked individually.

Dates for this summer are currently sold out. 

Please contact me if you would like to go on my mailing list for future dates or to enquire about ceramic sessions.

The session includes:

  • a one-to-one workshop day 10am to 4pm
  • all clay and material used
  • glazing and firing costs
  • tea and biscuits

The day’s session will cover throwing with porcelain on the potter’s wheel; covering basic techniques of clay preparation, centring on the wheel, throwing a cylinder. Follow-up sessions can include turning/trimming vessels and adding handles. Tailored sessions can include slab-building, pinching and coiling techniques.

The sessions are designed as taster days for beginners or those new to porcelain, but follow up bookings can be made to continue practicing your skills.

Sessions will be held at Elaine Bolt’s ceramic workshop at Atelier 51 Brighton, East Sussex. Any finished pieces will be glazed and fired separately by Elaine at a later date, using simple glazes in use at the studio. Please note that firing is likely to take place 8 weeks after the session and will not be available until then. Finished work can be collected, or posted (additional postage and packing costs will apply).

I can supply an apron, but you may like to wear clothes you don’t mind getting splatted with clay (!) and wear sensible/sturdy shoes.

BOOK HERE: Eventbrite (currently sold out)
COST: £120
LEVEL: Beginners/Intermediate
AGE RESTRICTION: Over 18s
LOCATION: Atelier 51, Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE
INSTRUCTIONS: Please wear sensible shoes and clothing for the studio. An apron can be provided. Lunch is not provided, but available to purchase form nearby shops/cafes

Elaine Bolt throwing with porcelain (image by Alun Callender)



Making with Found Objects – 26th August – Sold Out


Come to a small group one-day workshop with Elaine Bolt – making with found objects at Elaine’s Brighton workshop.

The session includes:

– a group workshop day 10am to 4pm (maximum five people)

– all materials used

– tea and biscuits provided (lunch is not provided, but available form nearby shops/cafes

Iin this workshop, we will explore the making process; looking at techniques for combining materials to form mixed media objects and assemblages. We will make use of found objects and household materials to develop inventive and expressive work.

We will work with objects you might brimg to the workshop and found object I have collected as well as household materials such as thread, wire, fabric, and paper (all provided).

There will also be an additional opportunity to meet me at Newhaven beach for a beach combing session for up to an hour on Friday 25th. This session is optional and there is no additional charge for this.

BOOK HERE: eventbrite (sold out)

Please contact me if you would like to go on my mailing list for future dates or to enquire about ceramic sessions.

AGE RESTRICTION: Over 18s only


Make a Ceramic Spoon

Saturday 11th November – one day taster session, West Dean College

This one day spoon making course provides an opportunity to explore the delight to be found in making this every-day household item in clay and the joy and versatility in working with the material.

On this one day course you will be introduced to techniques for hand building with clay to make a spoon of your design. The course aims to cover variety of ways to make a spoon form, looking at how different ideas can be expressed and how different materials can work together.

You will have a chance to work with porcelain and other clays and examine their contrasting properties. We will explore various hand building methods including pinching, coiling, slap rolling, and joining using scoring and slipping techniques. We will also look at how to you can use household items as spoon moulds.

The subjects covered and ideas shared aim to encourage and develop a set of skills and enthusiasm for continuing to make decorative items in clay.

Your work will be fired for you and be either left unglazed or glazed with a simple clear glaze finish.

BOOK HERE: West Dean College
LEVEL: All
AGE RESTRICTION: Over 18s
LOCATION: West Dean College

In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt photographed by Alun Callender


Ceramics with Found Objects and Mixed Media

5th – 9th March 2018 – Five day course, West Dean College

On this course, we will explore the making process; looking at techniques with clay and combining other materials to form mixed media objects and assemblages. We will make use of found objects and household materials to develop inventive and expressive work.

In the first part of this course we will explore ideas and inspiration for projects and themes. Elaine will talk about her work, showing how her ideas have developed and how it’s made. Elaine will work with you to explore your ideas for the week.

We will work with porcelain and other clays to make pieces that use mixed media as part of the making process. We will explore how objects can be impressed into the clay or used as a press mould. We will look at how materials such as fabric, paper, rust other materials can be combined with clay to create textures and effects.

We will also make pieces that can later be combined to form part of an assemblage. We will look at various techniques including pinching, rolling, and throwing to make small pieces and components. Some small pieces made in the first day can be fired during the week and be used later on as part of the workshop.

We will look at found objects and how they can inspire ideas or summon memories. We will use the outdoor spaces on the West Dean site to explore ways of finding and using different materials. We will also look at objects brought to the workshop as well as household materials such as thread, wire, fabric, and paper.

The course will investigate ways of combining these materials to create three dimensional mixed media collages and objects.

The ideas shared aim to develop skills and enthusiasm for continuing to work with clay and combining ceramics with other materials.

BOOK HERE: West Dean College
LEVEL: All
AGE RESTRICTION: Over 18s
LOCATION: West Dean College

In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt photographed by Alun Callender


All the beautiful images on this page are by Photographer Alun Callender

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