WORKSHOPS + CLASSES
clay workshops in the barossa
This years clay workshop series are about making time for you to engage in some fab days of exploration, fun and learning. Learn some practical techniques and new skills.
Workshop days will be on Saturdays 11am – 4pm with a break for lunch. Held at my Studio in Seppeltsfield @JamFactory Studios, workshops are suitable for those with some or no experience with clay, they are about exploring ideas and seeing them develop. Learning new skills and having a fun day out!
All materials are supplied and if you are visiting the Barossa region for a limited time, packing up your precious hand made items and shipping to you after they are fired is available too.
1 raku firing – if you have made some wares and want to participate in this very fast firing technique, stay in touch these firings can happen outside of fire ban season! This is also a day to learn about glazes, how to make your own, how to apply the glaze, methods of resist and decoration. Some pre made wares available to purchase if you don’t have your own. $150
BYO bisque forms or purchase in studio. This is a one day class, 10.30am til 4.30pm with a 30 minute lunch break. Seppeltsfield has a kiosk where you can purchase lunch.
2 printing on clay – do you have your own designs or maybe a phrase you would like to replicate on clay? this is the day for you. Develop that idea, make your own A5 screen. Some tiles will be provided for you to print onto and techniques demonstrated. $150
This is a one day class, 10.30am til 4.30pm with a 30 minute lunch break. Seppeltsfield has a kiosk where you can purchase lunch.
3 classes – saturdays wheel thrown (beginners) 1-3pm 6 week block $240
Learning some new skills, preparing the clay, what clay should I use? Getting centred and making some dishes, drinking cups, pouring jugs and plates.
All you need for this class is included.
4 taster session – (sample class, ideal for gift card idea or corporate team class) (beginners) book for a single session.
Having a play with clay. All you need for this class is included.
This is a 1 hour come and try class.
Studio time and exhibition time. Creating new works for this season has not been without its challenges but finally getting some works fired and seeing the progression of thoughts from my typical landscape themes to something even more abstract and spring inspired. The works will be photographed on completion but in the mean time I’ve been getting ready for what we call rakufest!
I will be breaking out the mini raku kiln and wood firing again. The last results were inspiring and all sold out at my SALA shows! A first for me and now the challenge to make more heavily lustre wares again.
Images below are of tile tests and raku bottles and a warm up set of clay balls ready for throwing one afternoon last week.
These were followed by some large bowl making afternoons and they are now loaded in the electric kiln ready for firing tomorrow. As spring has blown in the rest times between making and firing are distinctly shortened and thought patterns for evolving the work must hasten with this season as soon full summer will be here and there is no thinking time!
Studio time continues…
This is the very nouveau in my Tagine process. Still 3 litres in content size with an overlaying lid, which gives the feeling of a top hat. I like this style and balance, rustic appearance yet smooth to the touch. Visually they are possibly more oriental in their form than African. The shino glaze performed well in the firing again and the flame movement through the kiln is evident in the glaze surface with some deep reds and classic orange appearance inside and out of the wares.
I am mid clay production again for the next batch and the last pugged and processed clay has been stored resting ready for another two day throwing session. After sanding these will be ready for delivery as the bases need to be smooth for table top wares, nothing worse than scratching your favourite wood table top as the pot gets passed down the table during dinner. Although with the scale of these pots I would suggest serving from them for your dinner guests.