This course provides an experimental approach to surface decoration, with an emphasis on printing and embossing techniques. What is so versatile about printing methods that are traditionally used on paper, they can be adapted to print colour, slip or glaze onto a clay surface.
You will be introduced to an inventive approach to silkscreening, printing with a homemade screen and simple paper stencils, using porcelain paperclay slip to transfer the images. Learn how to prepare transfer sheets by printing with sponge stamps, painting gestural marks or silk-screening liquid underglaze colours onto newsprint. The transfer sheets can be stored away for future use but can be cut and torn into sections, creating a collaged image. This technique can be used in combination with Tyvek paper stencils to create an embossed surface.
Printing with dust is an alternative method of printmaking, and for this technique, you will use clay, pigment or glaze in a powdered form. This can be scattered or sieved creating a decorative layer which can be applied directly to the clay and embedded into the surface. You will also learn a more flexible and gestural approach where the soft clay is applied to a dust print created on a wooden surface. A selection of stamps made in a variety of ways will be on display to guide you to build your own collection, using different materials.
By the end of the course, you will have started to build a repertoire of techniques, producing a selection of samples, fragments and test tiles. This also can take the form of small shallow vessels which can be made in different clays. Advice will be given on display, presenting their experiments and glazing options.
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)
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Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study.
Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.