Details of upcoming courses and teaching sessions

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

 


Making with Porcelain

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

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

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.

A limited number of sessions are available on Saturdays in 2017.

Dates available are:

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).

You will need to bring an apron (or clothes you don’t mind getting splatted with clay!) and wear sensible/sturdy shoes.

BOOK HERE: Eventbrite
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)


Make a Spoon, Plate and Cup

Saturday 22nd July – One day taster session for up to six people – Atelier 51, Brighton

Join me in my studio in Brighton to make a spoon, plate and cup in Stoneware clay or Porcelain. During the day you will learn simple hand-building techniques to form small functional pieces and add your own creative ideas as surface decoration.

On this one day course you will be introduced to various techniques for hand building with clay including: pinching, coiling, and slab rolling. We will also look at how to you can use household items as moulds.

The day is suitable for beginners and materials and equipment will be provided. I recommend bringing a cloth apron if you have one, to protect your clothes. Please wear sensible shoes (preferably flat soles and not sandals).

Tea and biscuits are provided at the studio. I don’t provide lunch but there are lots of nice places to get food near the studio, or you can bring your own.

Once the pieces have dried, your work will be bisque fired, glazed in a simple clear glaze and fired again; this may be up to 8 weeks after the class. Fired work can be collected from the studio or posted to participants for a small additional fee by arrangement. The postage cost may be up to £11 depending on the number of pieces.

Please note: there are always risks with firing and with posting ceramics and we will do all we can to ensure the pieces you make are successfully fired and arrive with you safely.

BOOK HERE: Make Makers
COST: £85
LEVEL: BEGINNERS
AGE RESTRICTION: Over 18s
LOCATION: Atelier 51, Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE
INSTRUCTIONS: Please wear sensible shoes and clothing for the studio

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


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: contact 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: contact 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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