Learn a range of different simple book making skills. Apply these skills to your creative style and develop your own artists’ books. This is not a traditional bookbinders course; it is a more creative version! You will not need to use advanced bookbinder materials, the books you will learn to make can also be made at home. There is some delicate stitching required, so a steady hand would be useful. If you are a poet, writer, painter, photographer, printmaker or textile artist this is a good course for you! Over the weekend you will learn to make: A Staple Book, An Accordion Book, A Japanese Stab bound book, Paste Paper End Papers, A Case Bound Note book., A Tunnel Book and a French Stitched Book. You might like to bring some of your own, such as papers (lots of different colours and sizes), and decorative items such as ribbon and fancy (wrapping) papers for making book covers. Basic materials and tools will be provided.
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.
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, 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.
- Weekend course costs are €225 per person including home-cooked lunches on both days
- Bring a friend for €200
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