AUGUST 3 & 4: Hand Building a Pottery Vessel

Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 August (two day course)
9:30am – 4:30pm (lunch included)

Tutor: Lexa Laurance


Course Description:

During this two-day workshop you will make an abstract or utilitarian vessel using one or more hand-building methods. There may also be an opportunity to make a small Moon jar.

At least 3 different ways of making, including an African based hand-building method will be demonstrated during the first day of this Workshop. On the second morning (4th August) you will complete work in progress, smooth, decorate using coloured slips and/or burnish work to give the clay surface a smooth sheen before once firing to stoneware temperature to produce an inert ceramic vessel. You might also wish to experiment with the application of raw (once fired) glaze.

Lexa trained at UCA, formerly West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham where she first became interested in building and firing kilns using locally available solid fuels. She has had many fascinating research travels in various parts of the world including Malawi where she spent a few years working in potteries. Subsequently she worked with charities assisting & training potters in Nepal & Tanzania. Lexa has run numerous workshops in schools, colleges, universities & community arts centres. At her workshop on a farm near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Lexa produces a diverse range of work including thrown functional pottery , abstract hand-built forms, small heads, figures and occasionally quirky creatures. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in the environment and alchemy, together with the lengthy process of collecting, preparing & processing materials for wood-firing.



The cost of firing your best work is included in the price of the course. The teacher will help you decide what your best work is and what the allowed quantity is. This will approximately fill kiln space of (35x35x35)cm.

You will be able to collect your fired work three weeks after the course.

We will store your work for up to six months. If you would like us to post the work to you, please let us know and we will arrange this at extra cost.

This course may be attended by students aged 15+ providing that they come with an adult who is also a member of the class



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