This course is the expanded five day version of our pottery courses with Laurel (she teaches weekend courses in Jan, May and November). Our hugely popular pottery courses focus on smaller groups (max 8) so you can get expert tuition that suits you, whatever your skill level.
We introduced Laurel Keeley as a ceramics tutor at Coombe over 8 years ago. Since then her courses have gone from strength to strength, selling out each year.
This week-long course focuses on throwing and handbuilding & what you make is decided by each individual participant. Laurel’s weekend courses are also suitable for all levels and abilities and you can decide if you want to throw at the wheel, handbuild or both.
Laurel is an internationally recognised ceramicist who works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre.
The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and glimpses of the world through windows. More recently she has been working with images of gardens and landscape, her method informed by painting. Having exhibited her work at Coombe for over 15 years this course is a natural progression to introducing Laurel’s work to an increasingly wider audience.
The course is designed to allow both experienced potters and beginners exploring clay for the first time to do slab and coil work, as well as throw pots on the wheel. Students will work in stoneware with coloured slips and drawn line. The scale of Laurel’s ceramics ranges from tiny pieces that fit in the palm of the hand, to coil built forms a metre high and students will have the chance to make and fire, both small and large-scale work according to their own ambition.
MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS COURSE
If you have them, bring pottery tools, otherwise we will provide a basic selection. You will need a sketchbook and drawing materials. Please do also bring any of your sources of inspiration such as photographs, magazine cuttings and drawings.
Do note also note that there will be a charge of £5 per kilo of clay used to include clay, glazing and firing charges (firing to stoneware temperature in an electric kiln). Finished work can be sent on for a small charge.
For more examples of Laurel’s work see her tutors page here TUTOR LAUREL KEELEY