classes and workshops

Workshops at my studio in Brighton

Porcelain and Mixed Media – 2 Day Workshop
14th and 21st October

Elaine Bolt's studio shelfCome to this two-day workshop with Elaine Sheppard Bolt,

This small and friendly workshop takes place over two Saturdays, with time for a firing in-between.

The small and friendly course will look at techniques for hand-building with porcelain and ways to incorporate mixed media to create unique compositions.

This two-day course will focus on techniques for hand-building with porcelain, and explore ways to combine ceramics with mixed media and found-objects to create unique compositions.

We will explore techniques for using nature as inspiration for pieces using porcelain, including; modelling pieces inspired by natural forms; pinching; rolling; using coloured porcelain and slips; and using nichrome wire. You will also investigate how mixed media and found objects (such as twigs, feathers, seed pods, or beach finds) can be used and combined with porcelain pieces you make.

  • The first day will focus on working with porcelain, then there will be a firing in-between
  • When you return for the second day, we will focus on working with found objects and investigating ways to combine these with your ceramics to create a unique composition or mixed-media piece
  • Who is this for:
    The sessions are suitable for beginners along with those with some pottery or related craft experience. If you’d like to explore hand-building with porcelain and find ways to combine your pieces with mixed-media, this is for you.
  • When:
    The course will be held over two Saturdays 10am -5pm on 14th and 21st October. Running the course over two Saturdays allows for a firing in-between and means you can use your fired pieces in the second session.

The workshop includes an individual workspace in my studio amongst only a small group of participants (between 4 and 6 people). The sessions include as much clay as you need to work with and your small finished pieces* will be fired by me in the intervening week. I will have a selection of found materials and mixed-media which the group can make use of. You are also encouraged to bring your own found and natural materials for using in the workshop – examples include driftwood or twigs, interesting leaves and seeds, beach finds, thread, etc.

Refreshments including tea and biscuits will be provided. Lunch isn’t provided but you are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit one of the many cafes nearby.

  • Price: £450 per person for the course
  • Where:
    The sessions will be at my studio in Brighton at 51 Providence Place BN1 4GE, just off the Lewes Raod. The studio is less than 10 minutes walk from Brighton railway station, there are lots of bus routes that stop nearby and there is a carpark a few minuites walk away.

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Six-Week throwing course – one-to-one or two-person

Book yourself a weekly throwing workshop over six mornings or afternoons this autumn. Learn or improve your throwing with porcelain, either one-to-one or with a friend on days that work for you.

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One-to-One Throwing Lessons (book on request)

Elaine Bolt in her Ceramic Studio (photography by Alun Callender)

I am able to offer throwing sessions for those wishing to improve their throwing skills or try throwing with porcelain. The sessions can be booked for one person or two people – where you will each have your own wheel to throw on. The sessions can be tailored to your needs focusing on what you would like to work on but can include getting to grips with centring on the wheel, throwing cups, bowls and jugs, improving your techniques, turning/trimming vessels and adding handles.

The price is £40 per hour for one person, or £30 each for two people together.

The price includes clay, glazes and firings – make use of as much clay as you need in the session then choose two finished pieces per session to be glazed and fired at my studio,

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