This course is now sold out, please contact us to joint waiting list and for future course information. Coombe’s pottery courses are hugely popular, with a focused group of no more than 7 participants, enabling you to get quality tuition whatever your level of experience.
We are delighted that master potter Tim Andrews joins us again in 2019. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku pottery and for his book ‘Raku‘* a comprehensive overview of raku, covering the history, clay types and firing of raku, as well as the glazes, techniques and reduction processes. Tim makes individual work, black and white with linear decoration, or burnished muted coloured slips. The pieces are usually thrown, although some work is hand-built.
During this exciting course, for the first two days you will concentrate on clay work, making finishing, burnishing using porcelain slip and terra sigillata. The second half of the pottery course will concentrate on glazing, decorating and firing techniques with particular emphasis on using the resist slip method (often known as naked raku).
During the week Tim also demonstrates some of his throwing techniques which you can also experiment with. Some of the processes you will be using are relatively slow: applying and burnishing slips for example – and especially the ‘naked raku’ which requires more glazing time. To avoid the focus of the course being rushing to get work dry and through the kilns, Tim will bring a selection of bisque pieces for you to experiment on. Anyone attending the course is also encouraged to bring three or four of their own bisque-fired pieces so if possible do please bring a selection with you to glaze and fire. It may not be possible to fire all your pieces during the course but we will raku as many pieces as we can in the time available, with the aim of everyone completing the week with at least a few completed pots each!
Tim Andrews’ works have been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad, including: Japan, China, India, USA. The Netherlands. France. Italy Germany. Belgium and Sweden. Works are in many public and private collections including: Stoke on Trent and Liverpool Museums. Ashmolean Museum. St John’s College, Oxford. Donna Karan, New York. Lord Chancellor Lord Irving. Imerys. The Royal Bank of Scotland (2006). Abromavich Collection. Coutts Bank. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He appeared as the Raku specialist on the Pottery Throwdown main make in 2015, is the recipient of several awards & has been featured in many books & publications on ceramics, he is the author of two books on ‘Raku’, the second published in 2005 by A&C Black. Tim also writes occasional reviews & articles for Ceramic Art & Perception & Ceramic Review and regularly curates exhibitions. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association (CPA), a Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Honorary President of the West Country Potters Association.
Having recently spent several weeks in Japan, exhibiting work and absorbing the culture, – and of course, sampling wonderful food, Tim has returned to his studio full of inspirations to share with you.
MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS COURSE
Please bring these items with you, borrow some during the course, or purchase at our online shop by clicking the links below & purchased items will be at Coombe for you when you arrive for your course.
A small sketchbook. pencils, any small lightweight pottery tools that you like to work with (if you have them), an apron and any small scale bisque work that you’d like to fire during the course (if you have it).