TEACHING

These are the classes for 2017!

I currently teach two types of classes…please check who you should enroll with!

1. The Long Distance Diploma of Ceramic Arts operated as a satellite course from Otago Polytechnic and delivered by me at my Busy Finch Studio in Christchurch.  Please enroll with Otago Polytechnic.

2.  The Risingholme Community education Pottery Courses.  Please enroll with Risingholme.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts . Tuesday or Thursday 10-4 pm costs refer to The Otago Polytechnic

If you’re a hands-on kind of person who has been searching for a way to express your creativity, then the tactile field of Ceramic Arts may be just what you’ve been looking for. This is New Zealand’s only specialized tertiary program in Ceramic Arts, and the Ceramics department at Otago Polytechnic is the largest in the country. Become a successful practicing artist, with the ability to understand and use your creativity to contribute significantly to your community. The transferable skills you gain during this program will also be highly valued in a variety of fields in the art sector, education and design.

Benefit from an emphasis on exploration and experimentation and develop individual projects which study ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history, within a broader context of fine arts and crafts.

The Busy Finch delivers the practical studio paper while the academic papers are offered online.

Students will be required to have access to a kiln which may mean joining one of the local clubs.

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Diploma in Ceramic Art classes are all held at

The Busy Finch  380 St Asaph St, Christchurch

Please enroll through The Otago Polytechnic

Advanced Pottery . Thursday 7-9 pm $110 8 weeks

This is an Advanced class that develops student knowledge of more complex techniques and materials in ceramics.  The emphasis will be on developing individual learning styles, makers diaries and documenting technical information.

Classes will be structured so that students have 2 weeks of exploring a specialty technique and then will follow this with time to create and explore their own work whilst being supervised.  The final class is reserved for discussing and planning future projects, documenting specialist technical information and finishing and picking up work.

Sessions will include health and safety, hands on kiln loading and firing, recycling your clay, making colour and glaze, decorating and developing your own unique style.

Over the year, the hand building and throwing projects will vary term to term so that at the end of the year, students will have had the opportunity to explore more advanced shapes and techniques.

Students should have attended at least 1 year or 4 terms of INTERMEDIATE Pottery classes.

Students will be required to purchase an Advanced pottery kit in class that will include specialty tools and a work booklet pack which is put together for their classes.

Cost of clay and firing will be advised on your first night but expect to spend a minimum of $25 over the 8 weeks.  This will depend on what you are making.

Pottery has many chemicals and materials that are hazardous – so if you are either pregnant or health impaired you need to let your tutor know so that they can advise you on best practice.

 

Intermediate Pottery . Monday 7-9 pm or Wednesday 5-7 pm  $110 8 weeks

This  class follows on from the Beginners Pottery class. The emphasis will be building on to the skills that students have already explored within longer teaching blocks.

Classes will be structured so that students will have 2 weeks hand building, 2 weeks throwing and 3 weeks self-directed on a project of their own choosing where they explore the techniques already learnt.  The final class is reserved for technical information and finishing/picking up work.

Sessions will include health and safety, basics on kiln firing, recycling your clay, colour and glaze, decorating and developing your own unique style.

Over the year, the hand building and throwing blocks will vary term to term so that at the end of the year, students will have had the opportunity to explore most shapes and techniques.

Students who have attended Beginners Pottery for at least 2 terms will find this class a good step to extend their pottery skills.

Students will be required to purchase an INTERMEDIATE Pottery kit in class that will include specialty tools, colour and a work booklet to extend on their Beginners pack which is put together for their classes..

Pottery has many chemicals and materials that are hazardous – so if you are either pregnant or health impaired, you need to let your tutor know so that she can advise you on best practice.

Cost of clay and firing will be advised on your first night but expect to spend a minimum of $25 over the 8 weeks. This will depend on what you are making.

Students need to choose the day of the week they wish to attend e.g. enroll in the Monday class and attend this class on Mondays for the remainder of the term.  This does not mean that you attend Monday and Wednesday.

Intermediate Throwing . Tuesday 7-9pm $110 8 weeks

This is a specialty class designed to work on a variety of throwing techniques.

Initial shapes will be introduced and explored through repetition until the student is comfortable with producing consistent results.

The focus will be on producing the basic forms and other more complex shapes will be introduced term by term.

Term 1 will focus on the cylinder.

Term 2 will focus on the shapes that are created from the cylinder format, cups, bottles, jugs, galleries and lids.

Term 3 will be focusing on the bowl and turning a foot.

Term 4 on composite shapes and surface techniques.

 

 

 

Throwing a marbled bowl
Throwing a marbled bowl

 

 

 

TheseRisingholme classes are all held at

STUDIO380 . 380 St Asaph St

Please enroll through Risingholme Community Education Center.

5 Replies to “TEACHING”

  1. Hi there, I am getting in touch on behalf of Titirangi Potters from Auckland. I was wondering whether you do workshops in Auckland? We could look to cover some travel costs and then have individuals pay the tuition fee. I think people would be quite interested in the advanced wheel course. thank you
    Victoria

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