During this course you will explore various Islamic styles of pots, dishes and tiles as basis for you own designs inspired by the use of geometry, floral and calligraphy styles of Islamic ceramics.
What will you learn on this course?
The legacy of Islamic potters is unique - they were the first to use white slip in conjunction with cobalt blue centuries before the blue and white Chinese porcelain. Islamic ceramics also inspired William de Morgan, William Morris and the arts and craft movement particularly in ceramics but also fabrics.
During this course you will explore the various styles of pots, dishes and tiles as basis for you own designs inspired by the use of geometry, floral and calligraphy styles of Islamic ceramics. You will also look at contemporary ceramics inspired by Islamic designs. Hand building techniques such as coiling and slab pots will be covered including decorative techniques such as slip brush painting, slip trailing and pierced fret work.
You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home.
Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for beginners and improvers/advanced practitioners seeking to develop and build on their skills working with an experienced tutor.
The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.
Do you need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.
Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.
Who teaches this course?
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