Welcome to our Ceramics Studio Warwickshire!

Babes in the Woods

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My snow drop and the snow-drops : )

We ve been busy busy but not too busy for our lunchtime snuffle in the woods : )

Open Access Session

Open Access Days are filling up, we have some very keen new members.

We have started the flexible sessions on Saturday too.

Sue does it again : )

But not to forget the originals!

Sue pulls another wondrous creation out of the bag ; )

Penny's Pots

and her sister showed up for a go ….

bit of a contrast, she was a speed junky!!

Catherine, always happy when she potting!

Catherine has found her niche,

she a slabber and is busy rolling along with a grin on her face!

Hannah's Wall Piece

So many beautiful ideas taking shape now that

people are getting more comfortable with the material.

Amsterdam by Jodie : )

The photo doesn’t do this justice … it s stunning.

Inspired by Jodie’s Dutch artist friend.

Paul Young Ceramics

We are all very sad to see the beautiful work of Paul Young

go back…. off to http://www.ysp.co.uk/

Our new exhibition coming soon ….

Hotting up in the snow

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The Ceramics Studio

Ahhh…. look how pretty the studio looked on Tuesday morning!

So nice to drive past all this beautiful frozen countryside

and then come in to the cozy studio.

Ceramics Studio

The week classes have filled up! It has been really lovely

to have a good bunch of people together…. a really nice

mixture of back grounds all united in a love of the sticky stuff : )

Pottery Class

Fiona runs a river cruise boat company in beautiful

Stratford and she s a wonderful photographer.

http://www.bancroftcruisers.co.uk/

She s taking photo s for the new look website by

http://www.elizabott.co.uk/Ceramics Studio Classes

Everyone is happily working on their own independent projects.

Pottery Class

Evgenia is an amazing illustrator. Visit her website blog

and get your free calendar… it s so cute!

http://www.evgeniagolubeva.com/Home.html

Stratford upon Avon

She s a real pro-active net-worker and organized

a super Creative Breakfast this week.  It was a real

treat to get out of the studio and meet more local artists….

looking forward to next months : )

Rhian Malin Ceramics

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I am Artist in Residence, Rhian Malin……

157101-10039555-_DSC0312photoshopped2_jpgAnd I am….”
making thrown and altered porcelain vessels with hand painted decoration
seeing improvement in my making everyday
visiting Whichford pottery this week as it’s where the Empty Bowl Charity event is being held next month.
listening to Serial – a podcast following the murder trial of a convicted murdered
reading The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead & How to build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
inspired by design processes which create the same object over and over again but each one with small indivualities
experimenting with different shapes for decorative vessels and nesting bowls.
learning how to make a teapot
working with very very lovely people at The Ceramic Studio. Thank you Leyla and bruno for having me. I love it here!
 
Rhian drawing her projected images Rhian helping with our Christmas Workshop Rhian glazing Production line!

Health & Safety

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The Ceramic Studio – Health & Safety

Clay Hazards and Precautionary Measures

Clay dust is Enemy No.1. Clay and glaze contain silica which in their dry state are a potential health risk.

 

Fine dust particles (known as ‘respirable’ particles) containing silica are a major concern because they can:

be invisible to the naked eye under normal lighting conditions

be airborne for long periods of time in your breathing zone; and

penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled. To inhale or ingest the dust of any clay, glaze or plaster materials is unhealthy.

 

Easy Solutions

 

  • Avoid making dust as much as reasonably possible.
  • Never sweep, always wet mop or scrape up and wipe spills and general dirt.
  • No sanding, – go outside on to the roof terrace and wear a mask.
  • Thoroughly clean all aprons, wheels, tables, tools and equipment after use (regardless of whether someone plans to use them after you) and wash up any spills, splatters, or trimmings that land on the floor.
  • When decanting plaster, glaze, oxides or other powder please do so ‘softly’ to avoid cloud making. Wherever possible choose to use wet materials.

 

Other hazards and their solutions.

 

  • Equipment. All studio equipment is potentially hazardous. Please do not use anything without having been inducted. Please keep yourself safe by wearing sensible clothes, foot wear and tying long hair back.
  • Kilns are dangerous and hot! Do not use or touch them without an induction.
  • Only eat and drink in the provided area and always wash your hands first.
  • Cover cuts with plasters and/or gloves.
  • Never struggle lifting anything heavy – get help!
  • Store bags and coats in the area provided and not on stools or the floor.
  • Alert everyone in the room if a floor area is wet.
  • Keep gangways clear.
  • Don’t stand on chairs or stools.
  • If in doubt, ask!

Welcome Information for New Students

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Harmony - friends throwing : )

Welcome to the Ceramics Studio,

We really want you to enjoy your time at the studio and feel comfortable and relaxed. Here are a few practical notes and some other possible questions answered.

Disabled Access to building. We are sorry but this is not good. We are on the first floor and the only way up is stairs. We do have an entrance with wide easy stairs and a good hand rail. In the warmer months we can bring equipment down to our little garden with a bit of pre-planning.

Potters wheels. Most of our wheels are saddle style and require a bit of hip flexibility when mounting. If this may be a problem let us know so we can prepare one of a different style before you arrive. Ladies, trousers are best for this type of wheel.

Aprons. Please bring your own apron and wash after every session.

Nails. I am afraid it s much easier without them, so please trim them as much as you can bare.

Clothes. Regardless of aprons, clay will get everywhere when throwing. Most types wash out but terracotta on light clothes may stain. To help you relax please wear clothing you are not too precious about. Also, the studio is an old barn and it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter so please come prepared so you are are comfortable.

Shoes. Please bring shoes that cover your foot and again that you do not mind getting clay on.

Tea and coffee. We do enjoy a nice cuppa at the studio and have a selection for you in the kitchen. We also have a microwave, so if you are bringing lunch or rushing after work you can make yourselves at home.

If you are joining us for a long session or course do let us know if you have any food preferences or allergies.

You tube. Often students like to do a bit of swatting up before hand, which is fabulous. We all come from different schools and techniques will vary, what we will do in the class is find what is right for you. If you do want to research before hand, I recommend Simon Leach’s videos. They are a little drawn out but are excellent standard.

Pinterest. To enjoy the vast potential of clay or simply to get some ideas, visit our Pinterest pages http://www.pinterest.com/ceramicsstudio/

Sketchbook/note book. It can be really handy to keep a notebook record of what you made, and what surface treatment you used. Also to save ideas and inspirations. Or go digital and start your own Pinterest (pages can be private) and keep a photo log of what you make and what you plan to make.

 

We cannot wait to get started with you!

Leyla & Team

Directions by Car to The Ceramics Studio

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Directions by car

Winter Wonderland Workshops

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Ceramic Christmas decorations

After being open for three months we are proud to say we are very busy!!

Making Christmas decorations

It is a great time of year!

We had 16 people making Christmas decorations last night!!

Rosemary's Sculpture

Rosemary has been working hard this term on her dog Meg.

It s looking great,

so convincing in fact that Chloe got out of bed to bark at it!!

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Ladies potting afternoon

A few lovely local ladies came down to make pots for a worthy charity

event on 21st Feb 2015.

They are planning a bowl raffle and soup lunch at Whichford Pottery.

Of course we donating and we will be helping people make their own donations.

Ladies Potting Afternoon

The Charities are Shipston Home Nursing and SMA

– Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

We will be posting more about this in the new year.

Artist Gabrielle just received  pots in the post.

Look how happy people are to get their own hand made bowls!

Ettington Park

We still don forget to take a bit of time out and

stay tuned in to our beautiful surroundings ; )

Winter walk

 

Gone in a FLASH!

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Seriously! Where has the time gone?? Next week is the end of NOVEMBER!

So much has happened, here is a brief update:

Rhian Malin

Rhian Malin is now artist in residence. She works so hard, she has raised the bar here!

http://www.rhianmalin.co.uk/hand-held-vesselss

Tara Osborne took time out from building her gorgeous new website.

Pottery is a good antidote to time on the computer. http://shop.taraosbornejewellery.co.uk/

Not on the sofa!!!

Brock sneaked in for a snooze,

how can you tell him off  when he is so handsome??

EFX Commision

EFX are so busy they have spread in to the studio.

Nice to see the results of the models I made : )

Tagine-tastic!

My tagine challenge continues …

Spooky!

Bruno made a pumpkin on the wheel for Halloween ; $

Tanya Gomez

We are thoroughly excited about our Christmas Exhibition, it is filled with our heroes!

http://www.tgceramics.co.uk/

http://www.ian-gregory.co.uk/

http://www.ben-brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk/

http://www.spwoodfiredceramics.co.uk/

Madame Coco

Chloe, still not impressed…..

One Month In!

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Hard to believe we have only been open a month!

Catherine's birthday throwing session

It has flown by! We have had some wonderful people through….

Like Catherine who came for a Birthday session!

the ceramics studio voucher

She received one of our pretty vouchers from her friend Jodie

Jodie's first thrown pot!

Whom I suspect enjoyed it as much as she did ; )

Rosemary sculpting her dog Tess

Our very first student, Rosemary has embarked on her second project!

Tim Collard working with paperclay

 

Our current artist in residence has discovered Paper-clay

http://www.scarva.com/en/Scarva-FLAX-Paper-Clay-ES600-Porcelain/m-72.aspx

Sophie & Carla glazing their pots

The lovely EFX designers http://www.awardefx.co.uk/ 

popped back in to glaze their wares : )

Up and running!

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Official Open Day, 28th August, 2014.

Alderminster Electric Family Throwing : )

What a great time we had! Everyone came a had a go, including our neighbours http://alderminstergroup.co.uk/

The EFX ladies

Designers from http://www.awardefx.co.uk/ … perfectionists ; )

Dani Throwing

Bruno’s daughter got stuck in, she is familiar with all this from the good old days of the gallery and pottery festivals.

Dani's The Teacher

True to form she was teaching before we knew it!!

First student pots!

The results were fabulous! And the pots are on their way for firing…..

Lovely pallet for the pots : )

Hopefully the artists will be back to glaze them!

Bruno's Demo

Of course we had to show off for the http://www.fourshires.co.uk/

Leyla's Demo

Chloe has seen it all before……

Cheeky Charles

Well, here is something we have not seen before! Charles, that is nothing to be proud off !! LOL!!