For those either studying for the H Dip in Art, or already working in primary or secondary education, but without practical ceramics experience, the requirements of this work with children can be daunting. In many schools, the kiln lies idle because the teachers don’t feel comfortable with ceramics teaching. This 4-day weekend course aims to provide appropriate skills and confidence for the teaching of ceramics to Leaving Cert level. The course will include:
- Clays and Glazes – safety, storage, practicalities
- Hand-building techniques – coiling, pinch pebbles, slab work
- How to teach throwing
- Coloured Clay projects suitable for the classroom
- Kiln firing cycles, controllers, loading the kiln
- Raku and smoke firing.
And we’ll aim to answer everyone’s questions:
- What clay work is most appropriate to the classroom, and with what age groups?
- How to minimise preparation and post-class work
- What are the right materials to buy and where?
- How to avoid explosions in the kiln!
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts. However, if you have access to school funds for incremental training, we will be pleased to assist you in applications for funds.
The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.
The school provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, glass fusing and stained glass, and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are two teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 40 can be booked.
We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 40 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.
The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.
Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.
Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.
Price €320. Bring a friend for €295
Notes: Group rates are available.
- All your materials and firings
- Pottery can be collected or sent to you at cost.
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Our school provides classes and short courses in ceramics/pottery, other crafts, such as glass fusing, stained glass and mosaic-making. It is the largest teaching center of its kind in the south of Ireland, catering for adults and children, from beginners to those with professional experience.
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