Pottery basics

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Come and learn different pottery techniques in a fun and friendly environment. In a fully equipped workshop you will be introduced to hand-building, using decorating slips and applying glaze.

This is suitable for complete beginners.

Course content

Preparing clay, using different forming techniques. Applying textures, slips, oxides and glaze finishes. Being given practical demonstrations. Having opportunity to discuss ideas with the tutor and other members of the group.

Support and feedback

Lots of discussions with the tutor and experiencing the practical results.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need your own apron or overall.

There is a charge for materials and firings which works out at 4.00 per kg for finished work. (eg. a cereal bowl size about £2.00)

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Nothing official. You might want to research the sorts of pottery you like or what you find inspiring.

About the tutor

Franca is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled tutor with a passion for all things art and craft. She runs her own business as a printed textile designer, using photography, drawing, painting and digital software to produce colourful work for fabrics, interiors and clothing.

Franca studied Fashion and Textiles to master’s degree level and then trained to teach, gaining her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Exeter University, specialising in Art and Design. She has worked for many years as a teacher, visiting artist, workshop facilitator and community artist across the South West, providing creative opportunities for people aged 3 to 93! With a wealth of experience across many art and craft disciplines including sewing, dressmaking, textile art, digital art, outdoor installations and land-art, drawing, painting and designing, mixed-media and collage, clay, willow sculpture and lantern making you can feel certain of a positive experience on her courses and workshops.

Food, plants and gardening are also incredibly important to Franca. Alongside her arts she has also worked as a caterer, events manager and Food Tech teacher and finds time to grow a lot of her own fruit, veg and flowers having gained a love of the garden from her mum who was a dedicated plants woman and bio-dynamic gardener.

Whatever activity you choose there will be time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best in a supportive environment.

Start date23 Jan 2019
End date13 Feb 2019
Start time14:30
End time16:30
Concessions not available