Teapots and teaware are iconic forms in Japanese ceramics. In this course, Tim will not only draw on his early influences from training and then working with David Leach – and his subsequent 45 years of experience as a master potter – but also his very personal ties with Japanese culture, history and ceramics. He has travelled, worked and exhibited extensively throughout Japan and these experiences will pay a key role in this course.
Using throwing and turning techniques in stoneware and porcelain, you will explore the form and function of thrown teapots and related teaware, with an emphasis on developing the individual approach of each maker.
The course will examine the practical and aesthetic relationships of individual elements, such as: spouts, handles and lids, and achieving coherence between groups of related items.
The course is for those with reasonable throwing skills, who are able to throw basic forms on the wheel. Beginners skills cannot be taught in this course.
This course is part of our Japanese influence’s week. Our February themed week of short courses for 2024 focuses on Japanese influences, led by talented artist-tutors.
Akiko Fujikawa – Woodcut printmaking
Rob Jones – Katagami and shibori textiles
Paula Haughney – Netsuke stone carving
Tim Andrews – Tea ware pottery
Yoko Takenami – Ink calligraphy and characters
Nick Bodimeade – Landscape – Eastern influences on European painting
Each course explores a different aspect of the influences of Japanese art and craft and how they may be applied to contemporary practices.
Each tutor will be invited to give a short talk (10 minutes) about an aspect of their work relating to the theme of the week on Tuesday evening at 5.15pm. Participants will also be encouraged to visit other courses to see work produced across the varied approaches offered in the week.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- The cost of clay/glazing materials and firing costs of any work made will be provided – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.
What students need to bring
- Please bring any particular or favourite tools you would like to use – please make sure they are marked with your name.
- Enough aprons and old towels to keep clean while throwing
- Cardboard boxes for taking away pots at the end of the course
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- Some additional tools, e.g. pottery tools, pottery knife*, etc.
- Rough paper/notebook or a sketch pad and pencil
- Wood or plastic ruler
- Plastic set square
- Natural sponge
- (*Basic tool kits are provided in the pottery for use on the course.)
Firing and glazing options:
1. Leave any raw, finished pieces, which you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College for collection within six months.
2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months.
3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.