Technical Courses and Workshops
- Aristotle Furnace
- Bronze Casting
- Ceramics Drop-In
Group Courses we regularly run residential courses as part of the academic course content for art schools both in the UK and abroad. Participants either learn metal-casting processes in the Foundry, or spend time developing environmental art projects in response to the rich source material in the local area.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss tailor-made courses for individuals or groups of up to 8 participants.
Instructor - Darrell Markewitz
Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 August
At SSW the 'Aristotle Furnace' workshop will be run over two days, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, and will allow each participant to build their own 'table top' bloomery furnace. This should be able to produce small amounts of forgeable iron from iron ore.
The workshop is £180, and includes all materials, lunch and there will be a pot luck dinner on Saturday evening. The workshop will run from 10am to 5pm both days, and you should be able to take your working furnace away with you. We suggest bringing a crate/sturdy box and packing materials for transporting it.
Bronze Casting - Autumn
Instructor - Eden Jolly
Saturday 27 September to Friday 3 October
£650 (residential) £565 (non-residential)
The course will be led by SSW's Senior Technician Eden Jolly. The course is a 7-day introduction to casting techniques and processes, and participants should leave with a clear understanding of the different mould-making and metal casting methods. Please read the further information below for a full course description. Course costs include materials and foundry expenses. Course participants are kept low to ensure a high instructor to participant ratio. This course is focused on building skills, please do not expect perfect outcomes!
The course runs from 11am Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm thereafter, but participants may need to work after this time in order to complete the work required within the time given. This should be taken into consideration particularly for those participants who are non-residential.
SSW Ceramics and Pottery Drop-in Workshop
Instructor - Beth Bidwell
Every Tuesday, 10am to 1pm*
£16 per session or £54 for four
This is an open studio workshop available on a drop in basis, with technical support and teaching available to suit individual needs. Beginners and more experienced potters/ceramicists are welcome.
Techniques covered include handbuilding, slab-building, slip casting and throwing. There are a number of glazes/oxides available, and an introduction to glazing techniques can be covered. Raw materials are also provided for participants wanting to explore a wider range of finished surfaces.
There will be a range of different clays available to work with including stoneware, earthenware, porcelain and paperclay. Most firings will be done in an electric oxidisation kiln but with the oportunity to experiment with smoke/paperkiln and pit firings when the weather improves.
*Please note these classes do not run during the school holidays.