Clay: A two day course for adults with Helen Felcey

Saturday 14 February 2009
11.00am - 4.00pm
£30, (£25 concessions), please book 0161 235 8888,

Spend two days experimenting with clay.

What is the course?
This course is about experimenting with clay, discovering its’ vast possibilities, and essentially, how you enjoy working with it. We will be working with two contrasting clays: Porcelain & Grogged stoneware. We will explore a range of making techniques alongside discovering related ceramic objects and artworks within the Museum Collections. Demonstrations throughout the course will cover methods of form making - such as hand-building, press-moulding and throwing. We will also explore surface decoration techniques - such as mono-printing, inscribed drawing, textural surfaces and mark-making. The aim of the course is to get inspired, to generate lots of ideas and a strong feel for the material. N.B. There are no firing facilities at Manchester Art Gallery. At the end of the course you will have a collection of unfired experiments to take away with you!

There are only 15 places on the course so the atmosphere will be relaxed and friendly. Each day there will be 2 x 2 hour sessions 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. You need to attend all sessions.

Who is teaching the course?
Helen is a Manchester based artist who has a business designing and producing ceramics. She showcases her work at galleries and exhibitions across the UK and in Europe, most recently including ‘The Art of Craft’ at Medici gallery, London and ‘Table Manners’ at Plan Et, Stockholm. She recently undertook an artist residency in China’s ‘Porcelain Capital’ – Jingdezhen, where she produced a series of decorated plates inspired by her visions of China. Helen combines her studio practice with her lecturing post at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Design and a variety of creative ceramics workshops for children in local schools. You can find out more by visiting her website.

Who is it for?
The course is designed for all levels of ability. It is about trying new ideas out and experimenting with clay.

I am a beginner and feel I have learned a lot about the processes.

I really enjoyed Helen’s course. I have learnt a lot and it has given me ideas for my own work.

What do I need to bring?
Nothing! All the materials will be provided.

What about lunch?
There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch will not be provided, however there will be hot drinks available. You can bring your own lunch and eat it in our education studios. Or you can try our delicious café! There are other places to eat in the nearby area.

Booking Information
Interested in booking a place?
Tel: 0161 235 8888.

Payment can be made at the Gallery Information point with cash, credit/debit card, or with a cheque made payable to ‘Manchester City Council’.

What if I find out I can’t come?
Places are limited and there may be people who are on a waiting for a place. If you can’t come for any reason please notify the gallery as soon as possible. We may be able to refund your money, if the cancellation is made a week before.

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