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Kurinuki Clay Carving

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: The Courthouse
All materials and tools provided.

Explore surface and texture in clay to create a one-of-a-kind hand carved vase using this traditional Japanese technique.

Shape a vase from a single block of clay, using traditional meditative Japanese ceramic techniques.

You will learn about preparing the clay correctly to use, understanding the structural qualities of clay at it’s various drying stages. You will be shown methods of cutting and shaping the clay to form 3D shapes.

A variety of decorating techniques, including slip colouring, embossing and sgrafitto, will be taught to decorate your piece. You will be given guidance to create your own individual design for your vase, with the opportunity to expand into different forms if required.

This workshop will be delivered by Helen Casey who is a ceramic artist based in North Yorkshire. Helen studied ceramics at Morley college in London and holds an MA in Applied Imagination from Central St Martin’s.

Helen’s work is mostly hand-built functional terracotta, and she finds inspiration in everything from Bronze age archaeology to British wrestlers of the 1970s.

Artist Instagram: @xhelencaseyx

Suitable For: Suitable for all abilities.

Extra Info: 

  • The vases will be glazed and fired after the workshop ready for you to collect. Firing will take between 4 – 5 weeks due to the need for the clay to fully dry out before firing.

£52 (£42 + £10 materials)


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