Pottery Weekends

Join us at Cardiff Pottery Workshop for a relaxing and fun weekend of pottery. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced potter, you will be able to slow down and enjoy your time making and learning new skills. 

We are situated close to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre, along with close proximity to the beautiful town of Penarth. With coastal walks and the famous Taff Trail offering inspiration you can explore your surroundings on foot, cycle, car or bus.  There are an abundance of local cafés and pubs offering quality local produce. We are happy to share our favourite places to go and eat and where to get the best cakes! Cardiff has a great night life too with excellent cocktail bars and entertainment on going at the motor point arena, comedy clubs, theatres and stadium.

We offer two types of Pottery Weekends and we like to keep numbers restricted to 6 people per weekend so you get the very best and focused tuition. 

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THROWING AND HAND BUILDING WEEKEND

£200

06.07.2019 - 07.07.2019 - 6 Spaces

This weekend has been designed to give you the full experience and basics of hand building and throwing. This is a great weekend workshop for beginners looking to try their hand at some different techniques. 

Day 1:

10am-1pm Hand Building - You will start your weekend with a hand building project where we will go through such techniques as slab building and coil building. 

1pm-2pm Lunch - You will have chance to go and explore for your lunch hour or we can provide lunch at the studio for an additional cost (£5.00 per person).

2pm-4pm Throwing - You will be given personal tuition on how to throw. Going through the stages of the throwing process, how to prepare your clay and time to practice the technique with the aim to throw a bowl and a cup.

Day 2: 

10am-12pm Turning - This is a continuation from the throwing you did on day 1. Here you will be shown how to trim and refine your thrown pots along with demonstrations on pulling a handle of your cup and how to attach it as well.

12pm-1pm Lunch - You will have chance to go and explore for your lunch hour or we can provide lunch at the studio for an additional cost (£5.00 per person).

1pm-4pm Sculpture Session - For your remaining time at the studio you will be shown some key techniques in figurative sculpture such as getting started with pinch pots, how to create correct proportion, clever ways to create texture and preparing your sculpture for the kiln. 

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All materials are included in the price along with refreshments and possibly biscuits supplied throughout the weekend. 

All creations will need time to dry and be fired. This process takes roughly 3-4 weeks. Work can then be collected or couriered to your home address at an additional charge.

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SURFACE PATTERN AND GLAZE WEEKEND

£200

TBC

This weekend we will focus on the wonderful world of glazes and surface pattern. This workshop is great for both beginners and some with experience of working with clay that wish to push their knowledge further.

Day 1:

10am-1pm Glaze Workshop - The first morning you will be immersed in the world of glazes. How to mix your own recipe, testing and recording. You will be supplied with a number of test tiles for you to try out your glazes. 

1pm-2pm Lunch - You will have chance to go and explore for your lunch hour or we can provide lunch at the studio for an additional cost (£5.00 per person).

2pm-4pm Mixing Slips  - The afternoon you will be creating your very own colour palette by mixing coloured slips. Testing on ceramic tiles and using investigation to discover you favourite colour combinations, ready for day two.

Day 2:

10am-12pm Printing Techniques - The morning you will be introduced to some printing techniques such as screen printing and sponge transfers. Experimenting on flat and cylindrical forms you will use you coloured slips from day one to create your layered pattern designs. 

12pm-1pm Lunch - You will have chance to go and explore for your lunch hour or we can provide lunch at the studio for an additional cost (£5.00 per person).

1pm-4pm Printing Techniques - You will continue with printing in the afternoon workshop, working with stronger underglazes, tissue transfers and decals. 

Select Date

All materials are included in the price along with refreshments and possibly biscuits supplied throughout the weekend. 

All creations will need time to dry and be fired. This process takes roughly 3-4 weeks. Work can then be collected or couriered to your home address at an additional charge.

DISCLAIMER:

  • Working with clay can be very messy. We supply aprons but it is probably best if you come to the classes in clothes and footwear you don't mind getting dirty. No watches or jewellery to be worn and you may want to tie your hair back in preparation. Cardiff Pottery Workshops Foundation will not be held responsible for any damage to clothing, shoes, jewellery, watches or mobile devices whilst in the studio.

  • Unfortunately if you miss a class this cannot be taken at a later date and no reimbursement will be offered.

  • Classes start on time and if you are late you can join the class but time cannot be made up at the end of the workshop.

  • Classes must be paid for in full.

  • Please be aware you are in a working studio and due care and attention must be given. Inductions will be given on the equipment you will be using. You must not use any other equipment in the studio. Cardiff Pottery Workshop Foundations will not be held responsible for any injury you may incur if you break the rules of the studio.

  • We want you to have the best experience during your time in the studio and part of that is making sure all participants comply with our health and safety procedures. You must sign a form agreeing to comply with our Health and Safety practice. The company reserves the right to exclude any participant if they consistently fail to meet any of these conditions.

  • All work made in classes will be bisque fired and glazed. Please be aware that although every due care and attention is given to every piece we put in the kiln, once inside the kiln we cannot be held responsible for any work that cracks, explodes or is damaged due to another object exploding. This unfortunately, is out of our hands and is part of the many difficulties of working with clay.

  • We endeavour to have all finished work ready for collection within 3 weeks. After this date we hold all work for a minimum of 12 weeks. Any work not collected after this date will unfortunately be discarded due to minimal studio space. Collection of work is the responsibility of the maker.

  • All images on the website are used for inspiration purposes only. All work created on a Saturday Workshop will be glazed in a gloss white glaze and not as the images above.