15 & 16 July | Porcelain Wheel Workshop (age 16+)

Dates: 15 and 16 July
Times: 10:00 – 16:30 (lunch 13:00 – 14:00)
Tutor: Mirka Golden-Hann

Course description:

If you always wanted to have a go at making with porcelain on the potter’s wheel now is your chance. This course is aimed at the intermediate potters who would like to expand their skill set to work with the notoriously temperamental and magical material that is porcelain. Get ready to be enchanted and challenged at the same time!

The cost of the porcelain is included in the cost of this course. If you wish to have your work fired, please see the firing price list.

Students will receive 6kg of porcelain as their material allowance.

Two day course £265 (includes the cost of 6kg of porcelain)
Biscuit firing your work : £35*

  • the porcelain water erosion decoration workshop on 17 July AM
  • Glaze session 3 August**
  • Glaze technology session – make a glaze blend 17 July PM

*To be able to glaze your work you will need to have the work biscuit fired.
**Glaze sessions (AM and PM) on 3 AUGUST £65 per session (includes the cost of glazes and glaze firing)

Please note – lunch is not included in the cost of the course. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Or why not have your lunch in our amazing Mess Restaurant at Messums Wiltshire Gallery in Tisbury?

Mirka Golden-Hann is a ceramic artist and teacher with over 20 years’ experience of running a pottery studio. After graduating from the University of Westminster, Harrow Ceramics, in 1999 she set up her first workshop and built a salt-kiln. After gaining her MA Ceramics at Bath Spa in 2009 she became Resident Artist at Salisbury Arts Centre (Wiltshire Creative) where she runs a busy teaching pottery and visual arts programme. Mirka has been involved with Messums Creative from the beginning and she oversees the programming for the studio.

Bring: apron, pencil, notebook. Please wear closed-toe shoe.

This course is intended for adults but may be attended by students aged 16+ providing that they come together with an adult who is also a member of the class.

Materials explained: Porcelain will be provided as part of the course. There is no extra charge if you wish to take home your unfired pieces. If you would like us to fire your work for you to have as a forever keepsake, or to use in order to learn about how glazes behave on porcelain, please add into your basket the biscuit firing option and, if you would like to attend our glaze session please also add into your basket the glaze session. In studio ceramics we refer to the first firing as ‘biscuit’ (or ‘bisque’) firing. This firing turns clay into hard ceramic material upon which glaze is applied ready for the second firing, which is called gloss or glaze firing. Porcelain is fired to approximately 1000 C for the first biscuit firing and the second glaze firing is fired at Stoneware temperature (approximately 1250 C) to achieve vitrification and translucency for glaze firing.