Covid 19 put paid to Matt’s workshop in 2020, but if you want to come along to the next one, register now, as they book up quickly.
NEXT WORKSHOP:24 to 26th September 2021 BOOKING UP FAST, 5 PLACES LEFT
Matthew Blakely is a distinguished and internationally known potter. Best known, perhaps, for his knowledge of how glazes are made and fired. He makes ceramic pieces that are entirely created from rocks and minerals that he collects from all over the UK.
The three-day workshop will be roughly along these lines:
Day 1: Students bring your own clay and rock samples. (clay and rock samples will be available but students may have something they wish to test).
Prepare clay tests – crushing, sieve, plasticity, shrinkage bars etc. All to be dried out for firing in electric test kiln to 1100c next day.
Rock tests – preparation, melt tests and simple line blends. Then class line blends and demonstration of quadraxial blending. All samples ready for firing in gas kiln next day.
Day 2: Glaze technology lecture. Then fossicking and collection of local material on Dartmoor, in field analysis of suitability.
Day 3: Geology basics. Rock types and practical and legal considerations about collecting. Open Kilns and analysis of results. Use result to illustrate glaze theory with found materials. Future directions and preparing tests of found materials for people to take away with them and fire in their own kilns.
Whilst there is a considerable theory element in Matthew’s glaze classes, he tries to keep it simple and logical and interspersed with practical making to break it up and demonstrate the theory, and there are back up notes, which will be emailed out to everyone shortly before the workshop.
Be prepared, clothing wise, to head out onto Dartmoor and collect materials for future testing under his expert guidance.
Dates: 24th to 26th September but early reservation of places is advised as there are now only 5 place left.
Time: 9.30 to 5.00 daily
Cost: £475 per person to include refreshments and lunch daily. Some on-site residential options available