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Paige Ellis

Kite Studios Christmas Fair – 25th November 2017

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We’re warming up for our Christmas Fair at Kite Studios…

It’s that time of the year, the smell of mulled wine is in the air and the talk of Christmas is all around. We will be hosting our annual Christmas fair on Saturday 25th November from 1 – 5pm and again at 7 – 10pm. Save your appetite as there will be yummy cakes and tasty indian street food available to purchase amongst a selection of drinks. We are fundraising for ‘West London Action for Children‘ & ‘Kite Art CIC Sponsorship fund‘. This year we are offering creative experiences. Not only do you get to admire the pottery we have available to purchase, you can also have a go at making something of your own. Come and have a go on the wheel with your friends, followed by a nice warm cup of mulled wine to get into the festive spirit.

 

Struggling with christmas gift ideas?

If you have a friend or relative that is interested in art & crafts from pottery to printmaking we may have the perfect gift idea for you. At Kite Art CIC we offer a selection of art classes for both children and adults. We have gift vouchers available to buy as a greetings cards or as simple postcards – which you can purchase all year round. This gives people the opportunity to take part in a session at Kite Studios, choosing there ideal time & date. If a creative experience gift doesn’t suit your loved ones, then not to worry – there will be plenty more unique gifts to chose from at the fair, so don’t miss out!

We look forward to seeing you,

 

Kite Studios Team x

Pop Up Exhibition: Inside Out

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POP UP EXHIBITION: INSIDE OUT.

This week we’ve been busy on Askew road with an exhibition by 3 neurodiverse artists; Orlando Richardson, Olly Herford & Kallum Vidal. A collaboration between Kite Art CIC and Teatum+Teatum architects who have kindly facilitated the event in their exciting new development as part of Noiascape spaces from 14th – 24th November 2017.  Opening times are Monday – Saturday 3 – 5pm at the pop up gallery, 83 Askew rd.

It was a pleasure to hear how excited the community is to have the exhibition on Askew Road – there is a great sense of neighbourly support to local artists. We have had lots of people interested in the opportunities we offer at Kite Studios for children and adults with additional needs in our events and classes. For example, one mother with an autistic son was so grateful to hear of the ‘SEN London parents’ support group that we put her in touch with and the Charity ‘Unique’ that supports families with members with rare chromosome disorders.
Aside from showcasing the work of these artists, being in the pop up gallery has been a great experience for us to get a chance to talk to the local community of Askew Road about everything we have to offer at Kite Studios.
We were able to tell people about what we do back at the studio, there was lots of interest about our class on Thursday mornings for little ones that combines art and music that not many people knew about, so having the shopping front is making all the difference! We shared news about what our sponsorship fund has been used for this term, with Wendell Park Primary school nurture group visiting for 6 weeks to participate in a clay project, funded by Kite Art CIC.
Don’t worry if you can’t make the exhibition as we will be hosting a Christmas Fair on November 25th at 1 – 5pm & 7 – 10pm – https://www.kitestudios.org/2017/11/20/kite-studios-christmas-fair-2017/
Hope to see more of you there next week,
All the Best,
Paige.

Pop Up Exhibition

Intensive Throwing – 6 week Pottery Course with Clover Lee

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Overview

This 6 week throwing course is suitable for complete beginners to more experienced students. It aims to improve learners’ throwing skills. Beginners will focus on throwing cylinder shapes, practising centering, opening and pulling, followed by exploring other shapes. Those with more experience will continue to explore their creativity producing more difficult shapes such as vases.

The course is taught by Clover Lee, a finalist on the BBC Great Pottery Throwdown TV show.

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Class plan – Taught by Clover Lee

  • Learners will: develop their confidence through perfecting throwing techniques and being creative.
  • Kite Studios will: facilitate learners to achieve their individual learning target with tuition, equipment and materials, and possible to extend the course to suit learners’ needs.

1.    Week 1 (31/10/2017)

The initial session aims to get learners to familiarise with working in a pottery studio equipped with pottery wheels. Learners will be guided for an induction of the studio, health and safety rules, throwing equipment, tools, as well as preparing clay for throwing, and basic throwing on the pottery wheel. Tutor will complete initial assessment of all learners and suggest an individual learning plan for each learner. No works will be kept for this session.

2.    Week 2 (07/11/2017)

In this session, learners will continue practicing centering and will progress to practice making cylinders towards the second half of the session. Tutor will choose the best piece to keep from each learner for the trimming session.

3.    Week 3 (14/11/2017)

Learners will continue practising throwing cylinders in this session, aiming for better shapes and finishing. Learners will also be encouraged to make an identical pair of cylinders, which later can be turn into a set of mugs. The best two pieces will be kept for trimming session.

4.    Week 4 (21/11/2017)

Learners will explore throwing bowl shapes, and will be encouraged to make a set of bowls, either identical shape and size or as a nesting set. The best four pieces will be kept for trimming session.

5.    Week 5 (28/11/2017)

Learners will explore throwing tall objects, alternate shapes to achieve more complicated object such as vases and jugs. The best two pieces can be kept for trimming session.

6.    Week 6 (05/12/2017)

In this session, learners will be guided to learn trimming and refining the shape of their works at leather hard stage. Tutor will demonstrate turning, and making and attaching handles. Learners who wish to practice more throwing can choose to not trim their works but carry on throwing.

Hen Parties: Pottery Throwdown

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Organising a Hen Do? Want to do something unusual and quirky rather than the stereotypical night out on the town which you’re more than likely forget the next day? We have the perfect idea for you.

A hidden creative oasis in Shepherds Bush gives you the opportunity to create something beautiful which you can keep to make it a memorable party, the choice is yours.

Pottery Parties for adults

 Pottery throw down Clay party 1 :  This is a great fun clay party; wheel throwing and bisque painting all completed in one session. Once you have created your pot on the wheel you can glitter glaze it in order to take it away the very same day!

  • Fun and messy activity
  •  7 wheels available to use at one time
  • Explore your inner creativity
  • Take your pieces home on the day
  • Bring your own refreshments & nibbles

Price: £40pp (minimum 10 hens)  This includes glazes, paints materials, staff assistance and kiln firing costs.

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Pottery throw down Clay party 2: This is a wheel throwing and hand building party. You will spend your time on the wheels throwing as many items as you like within your 2 hour slot. You will hand build  a small peice such as a pendant or pot that can be painted whilst wet ‘raw glazed’, all with the help of our experienced potters. At the end of the 2 hours you can choose your best pot to slip decorate which we will then fire and glaze for you ready to be collected after 2 weeks (or arrange for your pieces to be delivered at an addition cost.)

  • Create a hand made pot
  • Experience using the wheel
  • Bring your own refreshments & nibbles
  • Create a professional finished piece of pottery
  • Have fun whist creating a souvenir of your Hen party

Price: £50pp covering all costs (minimum 10 hens) : includes throwing on the wheels, painting, glazing, assistance from our potters and firing.

We offer a picnic menu for an additional cost of just £5pp which includes sandwiches, fruit and snacks.

You are more than welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Book with us for other occasions & activities

  • Birthday Parties
  • Adult painting parties
  • Clay Parties
  • Christmas Parties
  • Valentines Day
  • For a special Gift