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Intensive Throwing – 5 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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Goals

  1. Learners will: develop their confidence through perfecting throwing techniques and being creative.
  2. 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.

Class plan – Taught by Clover Lee

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.

Why Kite Studios for Children’s Holiday Workshops?

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I sometimes find it a challenge to explain to a parent why its worth coming to Kite Studios for our holiday workshops when the choice  of activities available for children today is so vast.

However I always return to the principle that we are all better for having drawing as a core skill.  It is ultimately the foundation for creativity. Drawing does not have to be a skill that captures the reality of a photograph though, there are so many wonderful ways of approaching the activity.

Mark making  can be the joy in drawing for those children that need to burn energy, others thrive from drawing from the imagination and only yesterday I recharged my batteries by drawing from observation with two wonderful people as models, so life drawing gave me the kick I needed. 

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If I was to advertise our workshops as journeys into drawing we would only get the attention of a few children that might identify with the world of drawing already.

However by creating enticing  invitations to for example  ‘build fantasy food out of fabric’ and other wonderful materials such as clay. 

Then to facilitate the children to set up  their own scenes ( in drawing terms that would be a still life ) and ask them to make a painting , drawing or print of their work.

We manage to engage  everyone  who comes and find that many come back for more and more as they discover the joy of creating  and their drawing skills grow from strength to strength.

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Often it is the holiday workshops that encourage children to then take a course and we can proudly say that now there are young adults who have begun their careers in art and they trace their journey in art to a holiday workshop at our studio.

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

Art Beats for Hearts in Harmony Old Spitalfields Market

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Our pottery teachers will be supporting the fundraising efforts for Hearts in Harmony on Friday 12 May 2017.

art-beats-2017-booking-potteryHearts in Harmony, the charity raising money to help fight heart disease through art and music, will donate all money raised on the day towards the treatment of heart disease.

There will be up to 50 talented artists at Old Spitalfields market showing their work. Hosted by Old Spitalfields Market’s official charity, Hearts in Harmony, ‘Art Beats’ is a chance to experience live art on a grand scale.

Highlights of the day are:

  • Get messy and creative at the pottery sessions hosted by Kite Studios
  • Watch artists create award winning work depicting ‘The Heart of the East End’
  • Live music and entertainment

At the end of the day-long event, which runs from 11am-9pm, a panel of five expert judges will select one entered piece of art, from a final shortlist of eight, to win the Art Beats Award, plus a cash prize of £1,000.

Clover Lee, from the Great Pottery Throwdown will be joining the sessions, she recently joined Kite Studios, as a pottery teacher.

Book your slot online. All proceeds go to Hearts in Harmony.

 

Clover Lee at Kite Studios Pottery

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Have you heard of Clover Lee?

She was on the BBC Great Pottery Throw Down TV show and made it to the final round. We are excited to announce that Clover will be joining the teaching team at Kite Studios.

Clover will be teaching every Tuesday, starting on the 25 April 2017. On those Tuesday’s she will teach the pottery term time classes and also be available for bespoke 1-to-1 bookings. You can book a Tuesday session with Clover online.

Learn and ask questions as Clover takes you through the steps for creating ceramic pieces on the wheel. A bit more about Clover:

She was born in a small town in southern China – and moved to Wales in 2003, to study accountancy.

The 33-year-old moved to London after graduating, and her interest was pricked when Clover attended an evening class at Clapham Pottery in 2011. Clover is proud of her Asian heritage and creates a mixture of functional and stunning items – such as bonsai planters, decorative vases, sake sets, mugs and tableware.

She says she is “inspired by the traditional art and culture of China and Japan”. As well as pottery, Clover is a self-taught illustrator.

 

Hey Clay! at Kite Studios

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This year kite studios are very excited to be participating in the Crafts Council’s Hey Clay! event.

Hey Clay! gives people the opportunity to get creative with clay at free pottery workshops in over 50 venues, including K ite Studios, Shepherds Bush, around the UK across one weekend. Hey Clay! is part of the Get Creative campaign with the BBC which runs from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April  2017.

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Thanks to TV shows such as The Great Pottery Throw Down and The Great British Sewing Bee, We have seen a huge surge in arts, crafts and getting creative all over the UK and we at Kite Studios couldn’t be happier about it!

However, although the interest in craft is on the rise there is worrying concern for craft education. The Craft Council’s Studying Craft report shows that students studying craft related GCSEs has fallen by 25 per cent since 2007/8. This concern is shared across the board by the arts. The Creative Industries Federation recently published a paper illustrating how the current focus on the EBacc – which includes no creative subjects – is limiting the options of the next generation. At Kite Studios we are working hard to bring art back to education, to educate in art and to educate with art.

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That’s why we are delighted to be working in association with the Crafts Council  as they work to offer opportunities for the nation to get creative.

img_1917And it’s not just for young people – Hey Clay!  gives everyone the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and unleash their inner potter. So far they have 50 events confirmed workshops in museums, galleries, colleges and potteries across the UK including here at Kite Studios Pottery. – with more being added every day.

Hey Clay! visitors have a go at press moulding, throwing on a wheel, pinching, slab building, coiling, decorating with found objects and much more!

 

 

For more information about pottery at Kite Studios West London click here

and to book a place in our Hey Clay event click here.

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Valentine’s Day Pottery Gift Voucher

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Can you and your partner help each other get messy with clay and make a memorable pot?

Get a 20% discount by booking online for a bespoke 1-to-1 pottery class with our ceramics experts. Use code KSLOVE17 on checkout.

This special offer is valid for all 1-to-1 bespoke pottery bookings made between 6 and 17 February for dates until May.

A 1 hour booking costs £52 per couple (usual price is £65 for 2 people).

Your piece will be fired and ready for collection in 3-4 weeks. The clay needs time to dry properly!

Image Credit: GABRIEL OROZCO: COSMIC MATTER AND OTHER LEFTOVERS, thewhitereview.org

What’s Covered in the Session?

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You’ll be shown how to throw a pot on the wheel. After a few throws, we’ll help you create a single pot on the wheel. You’ll then spend time afterwards decorating it using decorative slips and sponges. We’ll fire and glaze it for a permanent ceramic finish and it will be ready to collect from the studio 3-4 weeks later.

A full demonstration is given at the start of the workshop and so is ideal for the complete beginner.

In order for you to have the piece ready in one session, we accelerate the drying with heaters so that you can decorate your piece with slips.

We then bisque fire and glaze fire the work with a transparent glaze, so that it’s ready for you to pick up in 3-4 weeks.

A Peek Inside a Holiday Workshop

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By Jessica Mason (Art Teacher)

On the 24th of October 2016, we held a holiday workshop, titled creating Clay heads, inspired by Anthony Gormley and Macbeth.

clay-head-gormleyThe concept of drawing a face might seem very simple to us. After years of drawing dots for eyes like the work of Gormley, the transition into looking closely at a face and creating a portrait that is recognisable is quite the challenge.

The task of an accurate portrait of someone is one that a lot of seasoned artists still shy away from.

Here at Kite we aim to stomp out artists fears early on and teach every child that there are no mistakes in art.

Jumping in

We asked the children to take a piece of card and draw the person in front of them.  The children are faced with two fears here, the first, creating an accurate drawing of a face.  The second,  interacting with another child they don’t know.

With some words of encouragement they all got stuck in! card-face-3

Next we asked them to cut out the face and hold it over the face of  the person they were trying to draw, to see if it looks like them. This was something that Liz (my fellow teacher) and I did not think about.

The children all put the piece of card up close to the other child’s face.

The concept of perspective is an obvious one to us, if we want to view something covering something else we hold it closer to us. The further away it is the smaller it will be. This isn’t instinctive to an eight year old.

Then the fun started.  How to teach perspective to under tens?

Cardboard Faces

card-face-2With our thinking hats on,  we grab a camera and a card face, hold the card close to the camera and get our subject to stand further back, snap, photo is taken.  The children are shown and everyone gets it.

Now they all want there photos taken too!

The camera gets passed round and soon we have a whole art class of children with cardboard faces, printed out and stuck in their sketch books. That was only the first activity!

It’s not just the children that are always learning at Kite, we as teachers are constantly adapting to the class and evolving ourselves.

Gormley’s Clay Faces

The next activity everyone loves i.e. squishing clay. We show them Anthony Gormley’s clay faces as well as some images of the witches from Macbeth.

A quick chat about the story of the witches and everyone is desperate to start making. We show them how to pinch out a nose and poke in eyes, pull out a hat and push down the rim.

Even with the same instructions, each witch is different some are pointy, some friendly, some funny, some scary each one fantastic. The children paint them all, then do a drawing of the final project. 

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Reflection

We all reflect on the day by taking imaginary photos of the challenging activities we did, the activity we did we’ve never done before and the activity that was most fun.  For some children the toughest activity is also the most fun, some like drawing more and some like clay.

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They all had their hands in the air when we asked who wanted to say what their most fun photo was,  

Then home time comes. Liz and I hear our favourite sentence “Mummy, Daddy come see what I did!”

Slaying the Monster

We see one thing over and over again in our holiday workshops, the under sevens love everything they make, but the moment we teach the eights and up class, the self doubt monster begins to show up.

At Kite the self doubt monster is left at the door and the children in our classes learn to be proud of every art piece, mistakes and all.

Clay and Pottery Themed Birthday Parties

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A Birthday Party to Remember

For many years we’ve been running birthday parties for children with an art theme. They are popular with children and parents alike.

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FUN WITH CLAY

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Over the past year, as our pottery studio has grown, we’ve been offering birthday parties with a clay or pottery theme. The pottery party has now become the most popular theme chosen by children and parents.

 

The children make a mixed media piece bringing their ideas to life in a 3D form to take home as the last activity of the party.

Learning about the Pottery Wheel

Learning about the Pottery Wheel

Working with clay develops the sense of touch and improves creative confidence. During the birthday party art class, the children learn about the nature of clay in a fun and engaging way.

Age Groups

We accommodate all age groups and provide a fully equipped studio for the art session.  Most families bring their own drinks and cake, which they can serve in a separate reception room. We can also arrange catering if you’d rather just turn up.

Timing

During term time parties take place either on Saturday or Sunday afternoons for 2 hours usually from 1-3pm.

We keep them engaged from beginning to end, with a 15 minute break.

Costs

£20 per head Minimum: 10 children

Duration: 2 hours

Kids Kitchen: Art & Cooking

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Why should grown-ups have all the fun!? If your kids love to cook, this unique class combines cooking and art activities to keep the most energetic of children busy during the summer holidays.

We ran the first classes last year and they were a big hit with the children and parents.

Kids Kitchen: Art Morning, Cooking Afternoon – £80.00
• Tue 2 Aug 2016 10.00-16.00
• Wed 3 Aug 2016 10.00-16.00
• Thu 4 Aug 2016 10.00-16.00
• Fri 5 Aug 2016 10.00-16.00

Leiths and Kite Studios have come together to create an exciting, creative and educational programme of activities for 7 – 11 year olds.
Youngsters will spend the morning at Kite Studios creating their own work of art, using techniques such as sculpture, print making, etching and painting. Then in the afternoon they have fun cooking at Leiths!

Book on the Leiths website.