Pottery Decoration Techniques 6 Week Course
Course Dates: October 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & December 6th. 10:30-1 pm Sunday October 25: Carving, Sgraffito and Mishima 1 We will be choosing or creating a design or pattern to use on our leather hard work across all decoration techniques. We will be carving and preparing 1 leather hard piece for Mishima and prepping 1 piece for Sgraffito. We will be practicing transferring designs for carving on to leather hard tiles and coating tiles with colored slip for carving the next class. We will be working on 2 final pieces: 1 piece will be coated with colored slip in preparation to learn Sgraffito in the next class and 1 piece will be carved with a pattern or design and covered with slip in preparation to learn Mishima in the next class.Provided materials: 2 leather hard tiles will be provided for practice. A book of patterns and designs will be provided. Tracing paper for design transfer, colored slips (engobes) brushes and tools for carving.Students should bring: 2-4 leather hard pots and any pattern or design they would like to use. Sunday November 1: Carving, Sgraffito and Mishima 2 We will be practicing transferring designs onto tiles coated with colored slip, practicing sgraffito carving on these tiles. We will be practicing the inlaying process (Mishima), removing colored slip off of tiles that were carved and covered with colored slip in the previous class. We will be finishing the two final Sgraffito and Mishima pieces from the previous class. 2-3 pieces should be ready for bisque firing at the end of the classProvided Materials: a book of patterns and designs, tracing paper for transferring designs and tools for carving and finishing designs.Students should bring: any pattern or design they would like to use. Sunday November 8: Slip Trailing, Colored Slip-work and Marbling We will be using ceramic slip to overlay designs, patterns or textures on leather hard pottery. We will be transferring designs and practicing various methods of slip work on leather hard tiles that will be provided. We will work on two final pieces one with a design and one with a textureProvided Materials: 2 leather hard tiles for practice, a book of classic patterns and designs, tracing paper for design transfer, deflocculated slip, colored engobes applicators and paintbrushes.Students should bring: 2-3 trimmed pieces of smooth leather hard pottery and any pattern or design they would like to use. Sunday November 15: Water Etching We will be transferring designs onto practice tiles or directly onto one or two pieces of leather hard pottery, painting the design with shellac and subtracting clay around the design with water and a sponge. One or two more layers of depth can be achieved by repeating the process. At the end of the class the final work shouldbe one or two pieces of water etched pottery ready for bisque firingMaterials supplied: 2 leather hard practice tiles, a book of patterns and designs, masking wax, paint brushes, a bucket and sponges.Students should bring: 2 smooth leather hard trimmed pots made with B mix or porcelain (these should not be made with sandy or groggy clay because sand or grog will destroy the masked design) and any design or pattern they would like to use. Sunday November 22: Hand Laid Texture and Cutwork Hand Laid Texture: We will be applying small pieces of wet clay or hand built sculptural elements to the surface of leather hard pots with paper clay. With this technique we can add high texture and dimension or a relief design to your work. We will work on 2 final pieces. Once the texture has been laid down we will smooth and refinethe design at the joints. Pots will be wrapped to let moisture equalize until the next class.Cutwork or Piercing: we will be learning to use positive and negative space to cut designs into a leather hard vessel without losing the integrity of the piece.Provided Materials: 2 leather hard tiles for practice, paper clay slip, B mix clay, tools, pattern and design books.Students should bring: 2-3 trimmed leather hard pots and any design ideas they would like to use. Sunday December 6: Glazing techniques (wax resist, over glazing, oxides & bubble glazing, marbling, masking) and glazing all finished coursework. We will be transferring and waxing a design onto 2 practice tiles and then two to four pieces of bisqueware pottery and glazing the pots with the waxed designs. Glaze choices are important for this; we will talk about desired effects and appropriate glazes. We will clean up the wax resist designs and then wax and glaze the rest of the finished bisque fired pots from the previous classes at the end of the class, there should be 1-2 glazed pots fora wax resist design and 1-2 pots for other glazing techniques. All the work from the previous classes should be bisque fired and ready for glazing.Provided Materials: 3 bisque fired practice tiles, a book of designs and patterns, glazes, over glazes, oxides, wax and paint brushes.Students should bring: 2-6 smooth bisque fired pots ready to glaze depending on how many techniques they want to try and all finished bisque from weeks 1-5 and any design or pattern they would like to use. Clay Can be purchased from Art Haus. Recommended clays for the class are bmix ($25) or porcelain ($35). No outside clay will be aloud in the studio.
No refunds within 7 days of course/class.
Materials and Tools
The materials vary based on class. Please refer to class syllabus.