Our adult pottery courses cover all the basic techniques such as coiling, slab methods, thrown pots and sculpting in clay. Various decorative techniques, including sgraffito, slip-painting, under glazing and glazing are taught. The courses concentrate on three-dimensional art – sculpture and pot-making, with an emphasis on technical skills development and artistic exploration. Classes are designed to be relaxing and fun, without the pressure of academic qualifications, but with all the support and educational guidance needed to develop good work and gain experience with clay. Students are encouraged to experiment and to develop their own styles and techniques.
For those with experience of ceramics, we can expand and develop your skills, sharing hints and tips for throwing or glazing and experimenting with new materials – paper clay, porcelain, engobes and on-glaze enamels. Whatever your prior level of experience, we aim to tailor the course to your needs.
Pottery courses for adults and teenagers are available: weekly 3 hour classes run in blocks of 6 weeks, during school term-times, five-day intensive summer courses and two-day weekend introduction courses throughout the year.
Adrian Wistreich, Ceramic Artist:
"After more than 20 years of corporate life in London, working as a publisher and research consultant, I left the rat-race to pursue my ambition of becoming an artist and teacher. I completed a diploma in Ceramics and Design at Hackney College of Art, London, moved to Kinsale with my family and set-up this school.
My desire to teach comes from my experience as a communicator, I have learned to find and stimulate the artist in us all, regardless of our experience of art.
I tend to be sculptural in my own work drawing on a love of form and texture through smoke-fired abstract ceramic pieces and studies of people. I have increasingly brought colour to my work developing my own stoneware glazes, which are available for students to try out. I want to break down the barriers between traditional craft skills and the apparent inaccessibility of fine art."
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.
Note: Materials allowance included.
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