Throwing on the Wheel

Join local ceramicist Cecily Willis and learn the fundamentals of working with clay on the wheel, along with basic glazing techniques. Create a number of masterpieces in this six week course, which will then be fired in the Tactile Arts kilns.

Into the flame: Raku

Raku is a dynamic firing technique involving the use of fire to create lustrous and rustic pottery finishes. It involves the transference of hot raku glazed pots from a kiln into combustible material and then stifling the resulting fire to create fiery and smoky finishes. Over the first weekend participants will gain a basic understanding of raku tradition, construct pots and prepare glazes. The following weekend pots will be bisque-fired ready for raku glazing and firing on the final day.

The Art of Mosaic

Create a personalised piece of mosaic art for your home or garden! Using your handmade tiles from Ingrid’s Tile Making workshop (April) or your found recycled tiles/china and other treasures, create a splashback, wall art, or unique garden feature. It is a great idea to come with a design in mind, you can find inspiration online or in books and magazines. Materials are included however you may bring your own materials to add to your project, or buy additional goodies from Ingrid during the workshop.

Stained Glass

Master the modern techniques of this timeless glass craft. Instruction will be given in basic glass cutting and students will design and construct a colourful leadlight panel with small sections of glass supported in lead ‘came’. There is an option to complete a specific project which can be discussed with the tutor before the commencement of the workshop.

Wax casting Jewellery Making

Here's your chance to learn the techniques of jewellery making using 'lost wax' casting. Carve and fuse the wax, mount and prepare for burnout, and then cast into sterling silver. Finish and polish your cast pieces which may include pendants, rings or brooches. This technique yields amazing and creative results, not to be missed!

Glass Beadmaking

Play with fire and learn to make your own glass beads. Studio safety and the proper use of a glass torch get you making your first glass creations. During this six week workshop students will be introduced to a wide range of solid and hollow fabrication techniques together with a variety of decorative techniques, including making basic murrini cane fabrication.  Using these techniques students will learn to make complex forms and sculptural beads.  Hands on work will be complimented with short presentations of each technique.  Learn about the different types of glass and colour mixing. Each student will shape molten glass into round, donut, organic and barrel bead shapes.