BEGINNERS | Introduction to hand-building and wheel-throwing

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This is a foundational program for learning hand-building as well as wheel-throwing. Participants will understand the basics of hand-building techniques (pinch, coil & slab) and become comfortable with the steps of throwing & trimming (form: cylinder and other shapes that come from a cylinder) on the wheel. Participants will also learn how to glaze and will finally take back a mini collection of ceramics, made entirely by themselves.

What you will learn / take-away:

  • Introduction to ceramics: a scientific approach to looking at clay as a material. An understanding of the mechanics involved in working with clay. 
  • How to prepare and wedge clay (Slap & Slice, Bull’s Head wedging methods)
  • Introduction to hand-building techniques: pinch, coil & slab
  • How to throw and trim a cylinder
  • How to shape a cylinder (bellied form, flat bottom bowls, conical form, closed dome)
  • How to pull and attach handles
  • Introduction to surface decoration techniques: carving, fluting, underglazes, and stamping, as per student interests.
  • How to mix and apply glaze (Dipping, Pouring & layering glazes)

You can read in detail about the class schedule here.

At the end of the course, you will have made a small collection to take home.

Eligibility: No prior skills required (an absolute beginner is best suited for this course)

Inclusions: 

  • Basic pottery kit and Apron (to keep)
  • Clay usage at the studio
  • Equipment usage: Electric Wheel, hand building and sculpting tools which are property of the studio, etc.
  • Glazed pieces up to 15 nos., that are made during class
  • Unlimited open studio hours for practice during the duration of the course (to be scheduled with A Ware Studio team)

Batch Size: 5-6 (A batch may comprise of potters from across varying levels of learning and skills)

Duration: 7 weeks (14 sessions)

  • Weekends | 6th April (Saturday) - 12th May (Sunday) + 1 more weekend of glazing (within 7-14 days of 12th)

Timings:

  • Weekend morning: Saturdays & Sundays | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Weekend afternoon: Saturdays & Sundays | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Terms

  • Missing Class: You can miss upto two classes during the course. Make up sessions for a maximum of 2 classes will be provided on stipulated dates. The compensatory classes are on weekdays only on following dates: 11th, 18th, 25th April  & 2nd of May 2024. You can pick only the 2 to 5 PM slot. You can pick two slots out of these four slots to compensate for your two missed classes. After these dates, there will be no make up classes or refunds. There are no exceptions to this rule, including accidents, hospitalization, travel, family emergencies. There are no makeups provided after the last date of the class.
  • Refund: Complete refund will be provided if you request to cancel your seat before 12 PM, 18th March 2024. After this date, refund will be provided only if your blocked seat gets occupied by a student on the waitlist or from your end. We will reach out to our database from our end to the best of our ability and try to fill the seat in your stead. However, if a replacement is not found before 6th April 2024, no refunds will be provided. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Transferability: The seat can be transferred to a friend or family member only before the class begins. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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