Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

Includes:

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

Looking for a gift? We also sell Pottery and Throwing Experience e-Vouchers and Voucher Packs. Visit our Gift and Gather pages for further details.

pottery-making-demonstrations-at-sunken-studio

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 the workshop venue 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

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

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

pottery-making-demonstrations-at-sunken-studio

Terms and Conditions

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

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

Includes:

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

Looking for a gift? We also sell Pottery and Throwing Experience e-Vouchers and Voucher Packs. Visit our Gift and Gather pages for further details.

pottery-making-demonstrations-at-sunken-studio

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 the workshop venue 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

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

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

pottery-making-demonstrations-at-sunken-studio

Terms and Conditions

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

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Clay: It’s the Good Stuff

potter-marksMake your mark: Clare comes to regular sessions at the studio & is now practicing her throwing. Recently we chatted a bit about sustainability and the responsibilities we have as makers. It’s a tough one. There’s been a lot of talk about plastic recently & there’s always talk about stuff and wether we really need it – particularly on the run up to Christmas. People have formed clay for 20,000 years & a lot of what we know about our past can be learnt through these artefacts. We’re moulded & capacious, it’s moulded & giving: perhaps that’s why so many people connect with it. It records stories: cultural, social, material, social, economic etc… I know I’d rather have something that tells a story, any story. I think making and buying things that asks something of you is affirming. Producing also involves risk. Learning to let go is important. I know I’d rather have opportunities to fail & reflect on my life. There’s plenty of opportunity for that in ceramics. It’s my best friend.

Also… we’ve needed to start using stamps for ages. I’d intended to do this when I first started Sunken Studio but forgot! They’re now more important than ever. There’s a lot of work going through the kiln & these will help optimise loads.

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Ceramics Taster: Whittle

Spoons – measuring, eating, serving and stirring. Have you got a favourite? If not, come and make one.

Here at Sunken Studio we’re partial to making a tool or two and we love making spoons. It’s just a bowl with a handle but they are wonderfully tactile and sculptural. Make something by hand for the hand – there’s something reassuring and comforting about this modest utensil.

You’ll consider form and function and we’ll help you design and make a small but elegant clay spoon. It’ll rest gracefully when placed and do the job.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

ceramic-spoon-making

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

handmade-planter-carved

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

colour-on-my-desk

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

handmade-planter-carved

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

handmade-planter-carved

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

colour-on-my-desk

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

handmade-planter-carved

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Whittle

Spoons – measuring, eating, serving and stirring. Have you got a favourite? If not, come and make one.

Here at Sunken Studio we’re partial to making a tool or two and we love making spoons. It’s just a bowl with a handle but they are wonderfully tactile and sculptural. Make something by hand for the hand – there’s something reassuring and comforting about this modest utensil.

You’ll consider form and function and we’ll help you design and make a small but elegant clay spoon. It’ll rest gracefully when placed and do the job.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

ceramic-spoon-making

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

handmade-planter-carved

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

colour-on-my-desk

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

handmade-planter-carved

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Whittle

Spoons – measuring, eating, serving and stirring. Have you got a favourite? If not, come and make one.

Here at Sunken Studio we’re partial to making a tool or two and we love making spoons. It’s just a bowl with a handle but they are wonderfully tactile and sculptural. Make something by hand for the hand – there’s something reassuring and comforting about this modest utensil.

You’ll consider form and function and we’ll help you design and make a small but elegant clay spoon. It’ll rest gracefully when placed and do the job.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

ceramic-spoon-making

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

pottery-making-clay-spoons

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

handmade-planter-carved

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

colour-on-my-desk

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

handmade-planter-carved

Join in:

Ceramics Taster: Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners or anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

handmade-planter-carved

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.
  • Packaging. Postage where appropriate (see *What you need to know* below).
  • Booking fees.

colour-on-my-desk

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Finished works, fired and glazed, will be available for collection from Sunken Studio 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.

Access

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

We are close to www.roundhaypark.org.uk and easily accessible by car and public transport. To get here by public transport catch the number 2 or 12 and alight at Street Lane/Shaftsbury Avenue (W or SE bound). The studio is a 2 minute walk from Street Lane. There is ample on-street parking.

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. Cancellations and changes to agreed bookings incur charges.

handmade-planter-carved

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Beginner’s Bundle: Build

Beginner’s Bundle: BUILD

BUILD begins by celebrating low-tech, no-fuss – it’s been done for millennia – approaches to making pots by hand. Through demonstrations and practice you’ll become familiar with ancient approaches to forming and constructing pots. You’ll then progress to more recent, albeit still traditional, approaches to manipulating clay. You’ll start and finish pots during each session and then learn how to glaze your own work.

Sessions are 2.5 hours long and you should expect to make 1-4 pieces in each session. That’s a lot of pots in a 6 week course.

We accept two people on our courses at the studio.

Our Short Courses are bundles of our Ceramics Tasters and are designed to provide you with an overview of different ceramic techniques and processes. Each bundle has a focus such as building, adaptation or embellishment. Bundles typically comprise of six sessions and occur weekly.

Included:

  • Refreshments.
  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing.
  • Booking fees.

Terms and Conditions

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

Handmade-plate-with-relief-decoration

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 Sunken Studio 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

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

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

This six-week bundle covers:

Pinch

Pinch a pot of perfect poise.

PINCH is a great introduction to understanding the working stages of clay. You’ll work on a number of small bowls and consider the placement of your fingers, thumbs and hands to control form and surface. You’ll develop an awareness of how clay changes from plastic to leather hard and begin to adapt your crafting sensibilities to work with the material’s characteristics. In addition to pinching, you’ll also explore approaches to developing surfaces through pressing, carving and beating.

set-of-six-pinch-pots-detail

Coil

Roll it, bend it… just a little bit & shape it…

COIL is an energetic and spirited introduction to coil building. You’ll compete with each other to make the most even, longest and thinnest coils, and then race to build forms and outdo each other’s technical prowess. You’ll learn how to regulate pressure to roll your own coils and build striking forms – we’ll be celebrating a bit of healthy rivalry.

Coil pots are built using lengths of clay fixed together – a line is taken on a journey. What constitutes a coil pot can be open to interpretation: traditionally they are made using cylindrical lengths placed on top of each other. Layers are often directional and rhythmical – introducing visual and tactile patterns as well as demanding systematic approaches to making. Managing the plasticity of clay at all stages of the process can equate to agility training for potters.

Who dares, wins. This is a high-risk session – it focuses on process rather than finished pieces. It may not be possible to fire the results.

pottery-making-demonstration-coil-building

Join

Stretch those upper arms – you’ll be doing a lot of rolling.

JOIN is an introduction to the basics of building pots with slabs of clay. You’ll learn how to roll out consistent slabs and cut out pieces to assemble pots. Joining clay is essential to successful slab building so we’ll show you a range of approaches to help keep your pots in one piece.

Slab building involves cutting, folding, bending, draping, wrapping and fixing two-dimensional shapes, to make three-dimensional forms. It’s useful to think about slab building through allied processes – think pattern cutting, paper engineering and flat pack furniture. The aim is to envelop/wrap or assemble a form with sheet/flat materials: it is a highly adaptable method of construction.

pottery-making-demonstration-coil-building

Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

handmade-planter-carved

Drop and Roll

To DROP may feel counter-intuitive, and even sound destructive, when it comes to clay – it can be, but not in this session. We’ll introduce you to drop moulds and show you how to use gravity to shape clay. You’ll learn how to roll out consistent slabs of clay and then tease, stretch and tap, to form simple bowls and plates. You’ll also explore how to customise rims and apply texture.

Drop moulds are an alternative to plaster moulds. They are easy to make with basic tools, do not require specialist mould-making skills, light, easy to store and can be recycled – great for beginners and those concerned with sustainable practices.

textured-handmade-ceramic-plates

Coat

Peanut butter and/or jam? Let’s introduce a little colour and explore surface.

COAT is an introduction to glazing. You’ll review glaze characteristics, prepare glazes for application and then learn how to apply glaze to the pieces you have made.

Glazing is the process of placing a glassy coating onto a ceramic body – it’s a discipline concerned with colour, surface and functionality.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners and anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

Join in:

Hey Clay! Cut, Configure, Construct

leeds-city-council-and-leeds-inspired-logos

Tickets Released (max. 2 per order):

Round 1 – 03/03/18 at 10:00.

Round 2 – 06/03/18 at 19:00.

Round 3 – 12/03/18 at 19:00.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

As part of the Craft Council’s Hey Clay! weekend Sunken Studio are hosting a rumbustious day of clay – a free happening for adults at The Event Space at Duke Studios, Leeds. Explore divergent approaches to using clay: build big, take risks, play!

We’re going to encourage material exploration on a large scale but with limitations – discover how to maximise your options by minimising choices. We think constraints are great – they encourage material and technical experimentation, idea generation and help exercise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

We’ll introduce a range of hand-building techniques then you’ll be set a problem to solve. You might work alone or join forces to become a formidable cohort of makers, architects, builders… cut, configure, construct…

Finesse is key – how it’s made, stability and craftsmanship matter just as much as the challenge!

When the session is over the works will be dismantled and, where possible, the clay reused. We want to celebrate clay and hand-building techniques so let’s ignore some of the rules associated with firing.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

This session is led by Sunken Studio’s Director and Ceramist – Rebecca Catterall.

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Terms and Conditions

This is a free event made possible with support from Leeds Inspired and Sunken Studio.

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.

Our aims for this event are to:

  • Give people the chance to try something for free that they may want to pursue more regularly
  • Create opportunities for residents across the city to engage in cultural activity.
  • Reach new audiences.
  • Facilitate extraordinary interactions with materials – particularly clay.
  • Provide insight into the creative process.
  • Disrupt people’s preconceptions of crafts and pottery.
  • Promote our vision and values.
  • Contribute to the creative diversity of Leeds and creative profile of the city.
  • Collaborate with Duke Studios and begin to explore perceptions of craft and design.
  • Be part of a national campaign.
  • Host a workshop unencumbered by external expectations and constraints on resources.
  • Test new approaches to engaging audiences.
  • Help Sunken Studio grow, develop and become more resilient.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

Access

This event is a free and there are no material or post-production costs.

Tickets will be published on Leeds Inspired with a limitation on the number of tickets available per order.

Access to the event space is at street level.

The venue is within walking distance of Leeds city centre, it’s easily accessed by road and public transport. Duke Studios doesn’t have any dedicated parking, but there is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets (Sheaf Street, Cudbear Street, Hunslet Road).

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

Join in:

Hey Clay! Cut, Configure, Construct

leeds-city-council-and-leeds-inspired-logos

Tickets Released (max. 2 per order):

Round 1 – 03/03/18 at 10:00.

Round 2 – 06/03/18 at 19:00.

Round 3 – 12/03/18 at 19:00.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

As part of the Craft Council’s Hey Clay! weekend Sunken Studio are hosting a rumbustious day of clay – a free happening for adults at The Event Space at Duke Studios, Leeds. Explore divergent approaches to using clay: build big, take risks, play!

We’re going to encourage material exploration on a large scale but with limitations – discover how to maximise your options by minimising choices. We think constraints are great – they encourage material and technical experimentation, idea generation and help exercise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

We’ll introduce a range of hand-building techniques then you’ll be set a problem to solve. You might work alone or join forces to become a formidable cohort of makers, architects, builders… cut, configure, construct…

Finesse is key – how it’s made, stability and craftsmanship matter just as much as the challenge!

When the session is over the works will be dismantled and, where possible, the clay reused. We want to celebrate clay and hand-building techniques so let’s ignore some of the rules associated with firing.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

This session is led by Sunken Studio’s Director and Ceramist – Rebecca Catterall.

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

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.

Terms and Conditions

This is a free event made possible with support from Leeds Inspired and Sunken Studio.

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.

Our aims for this event are to:

  • Give people the chance to try something for free that they may want to pursue more regularly
  • Create opportunities for residents across the city to engage in cultural activity.
  • Reach new audiences.
  • Facilitate extraordinary interactions with materials – particularly clay.
  • Provide insight into the creative process.
  • Disrupt people’s preconceptions of crafts and pottery.
  • Promote our vision and values.
  • Contribute to the creative diversity of Leeds and creative profile of the city.
  • Collaborate with Duke Studios and begin to explore perceptions of craft and design.
  • Be part of a national campaign.
  • Host a workshop unencumbered by external expectations and constraints on resources.
  • Test new approaches to engaging audiences.
  • Help Sunken Studio grow, develop and become more resilient.

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Access

This event is a free and there are no material or post-production costs.

Tickets will be published on Leeds Inspired with a limitation on the number of tickets available per order.

Access to the event space is at street level.

The venue is within walking distance of Leeds city centre, it’s easily accessed by road and public transport. Duke Studios doesn’t have any dedicated parking, but there is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets (Sheaf Street, Cudbear Street, Hunslet Road).

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Ceramics Taster: Spruce

Come and try your hand at sgraffito in our wall decor workshop at Mauds House, Skipton. Learn how to transfer, cut, carve and scratch designs into colour coated clay to produce a wonderfully tactile ceramic wall hanging. Hattie at Mauds House has selected a beautiful colour palette for you to use.

Sunken Studio will provide everything you need to make a ceramic wall hanging. Please note, fired pieces will be returned to you with the materials needed to finish constructing your hanging at home.

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Colour samples for ceramics workshops at Mauds House.

Includes:

  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: single firing.
  • Packaging. Postage is not included.
  • Booking fees.

Following the workshop your work will be transported back to Sunken Studio and fired. Finished works will be available for collection from Mauds House 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.

Terms and Conditions

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

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 Mauds House 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.

About Mauds House

Mauds House is a beautifully curated independent store selling homewares and lifestyle products both old and new chosen from across the globe. Mauds House is owned by Hattie Crook and reflects her passion for illustration, design and mindfulness.

 

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Ceramics Taster: Cut Out

Colour fanciers learn how to carve, layer, incise and scratch colourful designs onto and into leatherhard clay. We’ll show you a range of ceramic decorative techniques and processes. Experiment with stencils and wire loop tools to lay whatever design might take your fancy – we tend to go geometric but that’s our thing.

You’ll apply a design to shallow oblong dishes approximately 12cm x 24cm x 3cm.

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Includes:

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

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.

Terms and Conditions

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

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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.

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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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Ceramics Taster: Cup

Come and join us at Chirpy in Chapel Allerton for a spirited session making small cups. Learn how to form clay using plaster moulds and then customise your piece with impressed or carved decoration. Perfect for pens, toothbrushes, tea, coffee, candles or small plants…

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 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.

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Includes:

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

 

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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.

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Beginner’s Bundle: Build

Beginner’s Bundle: BUILD

BUILD begins by celebrating low-tech, no-fuss – it’s been done for millennia – approaches to making pots by hand. Through demonstrations and practice you’ll become familiar with ancient approaches to forming and constructing pots. You’ll then progress to more recent, albeit still traditional, approaches to manipulating clay. You’ll start and finish pots during each session and then learn how to glaze your own work.

Sessions are 2.5 hours long and you should expect to make 1-4 pieces in each session. That’s a lot of pots in a 6 week course.

We accept two people on our courses at the studio.

Our Short Courses are bundles of our Ceramics Tasters and are designed to provide you with an overview of different ceramic techniques and processes. Each bundle has a focus such as building, adaptation or embellishment. Bundles typically comprise of six sessions and occur weekly.

Included:

  • Refreshments.
  • Materials.
  • Post production costs: firings and glazing.
  • Booking fees.

Terms and Conditions

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

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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 Sunken Studio 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

Sunken Studio is housed in a period property with steep steps leading into the property, and down to the studio. Unfortunately there is no lift access.

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

This six-week bundle covers:

Pinch

Pinch a pot of perfect poise.

PINCH is a great introduction to understanding the working stages of clay. You’ll work on a number of small bowls and consider the placement of your fingers, thumbs and hands to control form and surface. You’ll develop an awareness of how clay changes from plastic to leather hard and begin to adapt your crafting sensibilities to work with the material’s characteristics. In addition to pinching, you’ll also explore approaches to developing surfaces through pressing, carving and beating.

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Coil

Roll it, bend it… just a little bit & shape it…

COIL is an energetic and spirited introduction to coil building. You’ll compete with each other to make the most even, longest and thinnest coils, and then race to build forms and outdo each other’s technical prowess. You’ll learn how to regulate pressure to roll your own coils and build striking forms – we’ll be celebrating a bit of healthy rivalry.

Coil pots are built using lengths of clay fixed together – a line is taken on a journey. What constitutes a coil pot can be open to interpretation: traditionally they are made using cylindrical lengths placed on top of each other. Layers are often directional and rhythmical – introducing visual and tactile patterns as well as demanding systematic approaches to making. Managing the plasticity of clay at all stages of the process can equate to agility training for potters.

Who dares, wins. This is a high-risk session – it focuses on process rather than finished pieces. It may not be possible to fire the results.

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Join

Stretch those upper arms – you’ll be doing a lot of rolling.

JOIN is an introduction to the basics of building pots with slabs of clay. You’ll learn how to roll out consistent slabs and cut out pieces to assemble pots. Joining clay is essential to successful slab building so we’ll show you a range of approaches to help keep your pots in one piece.

Slab building involves cutting, folding, bending, draping, wrapping and fixing two-dimensional shapes, to make three-dimensional forms. It’s useful to think about slab building through allied processes – think pattern cutting, paper engineering and flat pack furniture. The aim is to envelop/wrap or assemble a form with sheet/flat materials: it is a highly adaptable method of construction.

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Press

Do and do again.

PRESS is an introduction to small batch production. You’ll explore how to reproduce shapes using plaster moulds and then customise your pieces with wire loop cutting tools. This one is for biophiliacs: you’ll be making small indoor planters – ideal for succulents and other small plants.

Press moulding is a quasi-industrial method of production. Moulds enable the consistent repetition of form but have the flexibility to act as starting points for further adaptation.

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Drop and Roll

To DROP may feel counter-intuitive, and even sound destructive, when it comes to clay – it can be, but not in this session. We’ll introduce you to drop moulds and show you how to use gravity to shape clay. You’ll learn how to roll out consistent slabs of clay and then tease, stretch and tap, to form simple bowls and plates. You’ll also explore how to customise rims and apply texture.

Drop moulds are an alternative to plaster moulds. They are easy to make with basic tools, do not require specialist mould-making skills, light, easy to store and can be recycled – great for beginners and those concerned with sustainable practices.

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Coat

Peanut butter and/or jam? Let’s introduce a little colour and explore surface.

COAT is an introduction to glazing. You’ll review glaze characteristics, prepare glazes for application and then learn how to apply glaze to the pieces you have made.

Glazing is the process of placing a glassy coating onto a ceramic body – it’s a discipline concerned with colour, surface and functionality.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners and anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

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