Festive Ceramics Workshop: Scatter

Clay is fantastic! Come and use it – the special stuff – to make festive porcelain decorations.

Experiment with custom-made roulettes, cutters and stamps to make hanging stars and baubles. Put them on your tree, make a garland, add them to a wreath or use them as luxurious gift tags. You’ll have time to make loads so you’ll have enough to shower them all over your home.

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage is not included.
  • Booking fees.

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Are you planning a party in the near future? We also host private Pottery Experiences with Chirpy.

Sunken Studio’s pottery experiences make wonderful gifts and alternative social activities – celebrate, relax, recharge or just try something new.

We host events for groups of eight at Mauds House in Skipton and parties of ten, eleven and twelve at Chirpy. See our Gift and Gather pages for further information.

About Chirpy

Chirpy is an independent lifestyle and design store in North Leeds, stocking a unique range of homewares and accessories. Chirpy host a range of craft workshops and creative parties led by local designers and makers. Take a look at Chirpy’s Workshops page for details.

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Chirpy within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay – please consider this when booking.

Access

Chirpy is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and to the workshop space. Unfortunately there is no lift access. If you have any concerns about specific access requirements please contact Sunken Studio or Chirpy.

Chirpy is based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. It is easily accessible by car and public transport. There is ample on-street parking on Harrogate Road.

If you have any concerns about specific access requirements please contact Sunken Studio.

Terms and Conditions

Please review our full Terms and Conditions before you book. Late cancellation and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

Book

Ceramics Taster: Fettle

Colour, we’ve got you covered.

Fancy, fettling some finery? Join us at Colours May Vary and learn how to make and embellish ceramic bangles, brooches and pendants.

Adapt clay forms to shape items of jewellery and perhaps a jewellery dish – cut, carve and stencil dazzling designs. We’ve lots of flat block colours to choose from!

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Following the workshop your work will be transported back to Sunken Studio and fired twice. Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Colours May Vary within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage is not included.
  • Booking fees.

This session is an adaptation of our Ceramics Taster: TRAIL. For more information about TRAIL and all of our pottery making workshops visit our Tasters, Courses and Events pages or download our menu Ceramics Tasters 2017: Dig in.

About Colours May Vary

Colours May Vary is an independent design-focused magazine and book shop based in Leeds City Centre. Becky and Andy regularly commission work and collaborate with local businesses as well as designers and illustrators worldwide. Colours May Vary don’t just stock books and magazines though, they also stock a wide range of contemporary stationery, prints, cards and gifts.

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What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Colours May Vary within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay – please consider this when booking.

Access

If you have any concerns about specific access requirements please contact Sunken Studio.

handmade-ceramic-jewellery-brooch

Terms and Conditions

Please review our full Terms and Conditions before you book. Late cancellation and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

Book

Ceramics Taster: Fettle

Colour, we’ve got you covered.

Fancy, fettling some finery? Join us at Colours May Vary and learn how to make and embellish ceramic bangles, brooches and pendants.

Adapt clay forms to shape items of jewellery and perhaps a jewellery dish – cut, carve and stencil dazzling designs. We’ve lots of flat block colours to choose from!

handmade-ceramic-jewellery-bangles

Following the workshop your work will be transported back to Sunken Studio and fired twice. Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Colours May Vary within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage is not included.
  • Booking fees.

This session is an adaptation of our Ceramics Taster: TRAIL. For more information about TRAIL and all of our pottery making workshops visit our Tasters, Courses and Events pages or download our menu Ceramics Tasters 2017: Dig in.

About Colours May Vary

Colours May Vary is an independent design-focused magazine and book shop based in Leeds City Centre. Becky and Andy regularly commission work and collaborate with local businesses as well as designers and illustrators worldwide. Colours May Vary don’t just stock books and magazines though, they also stock a wide range of contemporary stationery, prints, cards and gifts.

handmade-ceramic-jewellery-bangles

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Colours May Vary within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay – please consider this when booking.

Access

If you have any concerns about specific access requirements please contact Sunken Studio.

handmade-ceramic-jewellery-brooch

Terms and Conditions

Please review our full Terms and Conditions before you book. Late cancellation and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

Book

Clay: connecting, health and wellbeing

A couple of articles have been doing the rounds on social media:

Creating Ceramics Can Help Combat Depression and Of Mind and Mud: How Clay is Shaping Up to be the Next Big Mindfulness Trend.

After workshops people regularly comment on how therapeutic they have found their experience with clay. I’m frequently asked if I find it therapeutic. My immediate response has been no. My mind jumps to all the problems I encounter and the constant disappointments. That said, I’ve been thinking about why, despite the challenges that the material presents, I’ve been loyal to it for over 20 years.

I enjoy the problems and challenges. I’m rewarded when a problem has been solved. Clay, and working three-dimensionally, has made me more resilient & determined. It’s provided me with so many opportunities to know myself and develop my conceptual and critical thinking. Shaping lumps of matter has been transformational.

Is it good for your health and wellbeing? Absolutely, but I describe it as feedback. It’s a reciprocal conversation that changes as the material’s properties change – plastic, leather hard, green, bisque etc… It’s also a conversation that’s enriched as you learn more about how it’s shaped how we live & what we know about our past.

​If you listen to it & reflect on what it gives, it’s possible to learn something about yourself and the way you approach & resolve problems. In a culture that puts too much emphasis on cognitive intelligence, clay exerts its presence to give meaning and substance to what can be achieved with both body & mind. I’m thankful for that. In the past few years I’d not been making. I’d become quite miserable and began to dislike myself. I guess it all boils down to connecting – relating to clay involves many of the same challenges involved in relating to people.

Recent Makes

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Coil pots to Tulipiere in 10 weeks of making. Look at that offset foot. Each part has one so each pot appears to hover above the table. Design details like that make me smile. This amazing Tulipiere stack was made by David during a six week evening classes. David has already completed our Beginner’s Bundle: Build and has progressed onto Beginner’s Bundle: Adapt. Continue reading Recent Makes

Spoons

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For the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been whittling a spoon a day. I generally make more than one as I usually allow an hour to do it. Some get discarded quickly, others will get discarded but I’ll use them for glaze tests first. There are so many nuances to explore/develop. Over time I’ll work out the technique, size, form and colours that I’ll concentrate on. For now, I enjoy having something that I make daily. Continue reading Spoons