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 or Wednesday sessions at my studio which can be booked individually for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Dates can be arranged with me to find a day that suits you.

A typical session includes:

– a day at my workshop 10am to 4pm (half days 10-1)

– all clay and material used, glazing and firing costs

– tea and biscuits

A day’s session can cover either:
– throwing with porcelain or stoneware clay on the potter’s wheel: learning basic techniques of clay preparation, centring on the wheel, throwing cylinders and bowls and explore the unique properties of porcelain
OR
– try handbuilding with porcelain or stoneware clay: learning ceramic techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab building and press moulding. You can try making small vessels, porcelain spoons and plates.

The sessions are designed as taster days for beginners or those new to porcelain, but those with more experience wishing to try new techniques or to continue practicing skills are very welcome.

Sessions will be held at Elaine Bolt’s ceramic studio 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 any finished pieces may be ready to collect approximately six weeks after a class.

I will provide an apron, but it may be sensible to wear clothes you don’t mind getting splatted with clay and wear sensible/sturdy shoes. Please note that long fingernails can get in the way when handbuilding or throwing.

BOOK HERE: Online Shop 
COST: £120 for a one-to-one day session; or £320 for a group of up to four people
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 


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

I offer one-to-one Saturday or Wednesday sessions at my studio which can be booked individually for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Dates can be arranged with me to find a day that suits you.

The session includes:

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

– all materials used

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

In 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 bring to the workshop and found objects I have collected as well as household materials such as thread, wire, fabric, and paper (all provided).

BOOK HERE: online shop

AGE RESTRICTION: This workshop is suitable for anyone with any ability, but participants must be over 18


 


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


Images by Alun Callender and Yeshen Venema

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