When: Mondays 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Course Fee: €480
This is a two-part course offering students the opportunity to experience the realisation of their ideas through the medium of clay, covering the basics in hand building and decoration.
Part 1 is 10 weeks duration and is demonstration and project based. The students will learn how to build pots and sculptural work using pinching, coiling, slab building, mould work, and extrusion. They will explore various decoration and glazing techniques to produce a series of finished pieces.
In addition to the practical work, the course will also have a strong emphasis on visual research and design. Students are expected to keep a research journal where they can explore and develop their designs on a continuous basis. They will cover 2D drawing, personal research ideas, generating ideas using the notebook as well as theme and design development. To cover this research, students have to be able to commit to working 4.5 hours weekly from home.
Part 2 is thirteen weeks duration and work from this semester goes for assessment to be accredited.
Students choose a personal project and develop their ideas using both their visual notebooks and the practical hand building skills acquired in part one. As the course progresses students will be encouraged to engage with more self-generated subjects that they can incorporate into their making. Experimentation and creativity will be explored through notebook development which in turn will be constructed in the making process. Decoration will be applied to suit the work using slips, underglazes and glazing. There will be a number of group critiques to review progress throughout the year. Students are required to record their work development and are encouraged to self-assess progress. A final presentation of finished work and notebooks will be displayed for assessment.