Handbuilding Foundations Lessons with JenniferThis five-week course is suitable for beginners are anyone looking to brush up on their skills.
Cost:$195.00 – $221.00 per person
About this experience
About this event
Handbuilding For Beginners is a five-week course open to anyone interested.
During each two-hour class you will be taught the fundamentals of hand built pottery. Every week will build your skills with slabs, coils, molds, templates, amongst other techniques. Four different projects (at least) will be completed, one per week. In the last class you will learn how to glaze your masterpieces (we have hundreds of colours to choose from). They then go into the kiln again for the last time. We will notify you when your work is ready for pick up.
Duration: 5 Classes, 2 hours per class
Minimum Age: Adult (16+)
Clay is included in the lessons fees
Handbuilding tool starter kit will need to be purchased if you do not already have the required tools (see handbuilding tool kit in our store)
What to wear: Comfortable, practical clothing and footwear that you are ok with getting dusty.
What to bring:
- An apron if desired.
- A fun and playful can-do attitude!!!
Max 8 students per class
Please arrive 15 mins early to the first class to allow for intros, getting oriented and ready so we can begin class on time. Subsequent classes, please use your judgment on how early you need to come in order to be ready. We all want to maximize the experience for everyone!
Please plan to stay to help clean up the work space. Many hands make light work :)
Week 1: Introduction
A brief description of the ceramic process and the different stages of clay.
Safety talk - sanding and dust dangers, cleaning up properly
Exercise 1: Make pinch pots, small bowl/cup, closed forms
Exercise 2: Small coil vessel
Skills: meeting the clay bag, wiring off and weighing, pinching, rolling coils, making a small slab, thinking about function/end product, scoring and slipping - when?, blending, finishing/refining work, maker’s marks/signing work.
Tools: wood insert, wire, scoring tool, paint brush, rib, wooden knife, fettling knife, pin tool.
Week 2: Bowls
Checking last week’s work, finishing touches before the bisque, slump/hump molds, slab bowls.
Exercise 3: hump/slump bowl
Exercise 4: origami bowl
Skills: Slab roller/throwing slabs/rolling pins to create slabs, smoothing and ribbing, decoration with texture, carving, combining techniques slabs/decorative coils/pinch pots, feet, templates
Tools: smooth rolling pins, height sticks, ribs, wooden knives, paint brushes, foot maker, two bowls each (slump/hump), plastic wrap, pin tool, fettling knife, texture tools, wood insert, paper for templates, scissors, tape.
Week 3: Mugs
Check last week’s work, get it ready for the kiln. If items were bisqued, check those over.
The magic of paper clay for small fixes.
Design today’s mug and next week’s box templates.
Exercise 5: a slab mug
Skills: review slabs, smoothing and ribbing, decoration with texture, design and use of templates, handles! What kind? How to apply? Finishing and refining.
ROLL OUT SLABS FOR NEXT WEEK to start stiffening up (textured rolling pin? Use it now)
Tools: paper, scissors, tape, pencils, ruler, toilet paper to make paper clay, small sauce container, fettling knife, wooden knife, hard cardboard tubes, cookie cutter, paint brush, handle extruder (kemper), texture tools, smooth rolling pins, height sticks, ribs, plastic wrap, metal sculpting tool, scoring tool.
Week 4: Box With Lid
Check over last week’s work and get it ready for the kiln. Check any bisqued pieces.
Exercise 6: leather-hard slab box with lid
Skills: making a paper template, cutting out all sides/top/bottom, carving to decorate or more stamps if desired, underglaze/underglaze transfers, assembly, reinforcing seams, creating a flange on the lid, feet if desired. Finish this work as much as possible as it will go into the bisque without another once-over.
Tools: fettling knife, wooden knife, paint brush, ribs, plastic wrap, metal sculpting tool, scoring tool.
Week 5: Glazing
Check over all bisqued pieces. Discuss resists, wax pros and cons, tape, washing pots and good glazing techniques, glaze choice, texture enhancement, brush vs dip, thick vs thin application, kiln cookies, stilts.
Tools: sponge, glaze brushes, tongs, glaze jars/buckets.
Any class interrupted by government issued COVID measures will be postponed and reinstated after restrictions are lifted.
About the Teacher
My name is Jennifer Huss and I’ve been a self-taught hobby potter for over six years. I love hand-building, making sculptural and functional art, doing wheel work, and everything about ceramics. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and spreading the joy that pottery brings. Get to know my work by visiting my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jennfirepottery/