Ceramic Sculpture - Emily Joy
Part time course
Students will produce work with a wide variety of clays, techniques, ideas and glazes. You will have access to electric kilns for earthenware and gas fired kilns for stoneware. Keep all work for the Summer Adult Education Exhibition and possible external exhibition. Tools are provided.
What will I study?
Explore sculptural ceramics and non-function forms. Develop your ideas and your own practice through flexible projects – each term will have a theme that can be interpreted individually. Develop mould making processes, abstract and figurative work, decorative surfaces and explore basic paper-clay techniques. Throughout the course the practical, material tuition will be supported by in-depth art history and theory presentations with access to specialist books and magazines.
What do I need to join the course?
No formal qualifications necessary but some ceramic experience is necessary as this is not a course for complete beginners. Bring a note book and pen for recording ideas, your work and technical details, a protective shirt, inspirational material such as photos and examples of previous work.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
You will learn by observing demonstrations, through regular tutorials and group discussions and by exploring new techniques with expert support. You will have access to specialist magazines and books, the internet and Library. You will learn a great deal by experimenting and recording your own progress. You will have access to a dedicated specialist tutor and technician who will help you throughout the course.
How will I know how I am doing?
Your tutor will always check your progress and help you with technical solutions, also offering regular one-to-one tutorials. The class will participate in informal group evaluations and there is also the opportunity to exhibit in a local gallery, providing feedback from the public.
Are there any extra costs?
The work is paid for by weight once completed and before firings. General tools are provided but new tools are available to buy if required.
Who is my tutor?
Emily Joy is a ceramicist, sculptor and installation artist based at Stroud Valleys Artspace, who teaches sculptural ceramics in the Art school at the Stroud campus. For the last 6 years she has taught adults’ ceramic sculpture classes, children’s pottery classes and master-classes in mould-making, casting and paperclay. Emily has a first class BA Hons ceramics and painting and a fine art sculpture MA, providing her students with a broad range of practical skills, materials experience and theoretical knowledge. She has a wide range of teaching experience including adults, children, adults with special needs and other barriers to learning. Emily strives to inspire her adult students to push themselves both materially and also conceptually, she encourages debate and critical discourse throughout the course and workshops. A founder member of the artist group Quercus, Emily was the 2008 winner of the Darbyshire Award and was also shortlisted for the 2012 Aesthetica Prize.
What can I do next?
You can return to the class to improve your skills and develop your practice, or join another class.