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Weekend Courses - an Exploration in Thrown Pottery

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Ceramics/pottery, Decorative arts  
Season: June - October
Courses Per Year: 2
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 200 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 225 Euro (EUR) per person

If you have tried to throw on the wheel and would like to develop your skills, Robert Lee is one of Ireland’s most skilled throwers, with over 10 years’ study and practical experience in a leading production pottery. In the weekend, you will throw simple shapes, cylinders, bowls and collars, exploring the tactile and textural qualities of throwing.

Throughout the day these forms will be altered, decorated, dimpled, marked, stamped etc. you will also assemble your thrown forms making a final sculptural piece, and explore the process of re-throwing pots, adding foot-rings, necks, collars, and extending your existing pots.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
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.

Facility Information:
The school provides arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, bronze casting, silk painting 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 notes:
- Cost per person €225 including full cooked lunches
- Bring a friend for €200

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