Tom ~ aged 11 years
So when you're confronted with an enthusiasm like that, what can you say other than...'Of course that's possible Tom!'
I must admit, offering pottery tuition always keeps you on your toes. I freely advertise that I like to help people realise any craft project in their mind...I just wasn't expected such a challenging project from an enthusiastic 8 year old!
Tom was a breathe of fresh air to work with right from the start. A young man who clearly has aspirations and clear ideas about what he wants to achieve, with high standards too! So, on the 18th November 2017 we got to work on Tom's 'Froggy Project'.
Over the two weeks Tom learnt 3 ceramic techniques, namely slab building, coiling and modelling. He experienced how clay transforms from raw mud like clay, to leather hard clay (semi-dry with some plasticity, great for fine tuning), air dry (brittle) clay; bisque fired clay cooked to 1060 degrees in my kiln; to the final ceramic form we are used to seeing in shops, robust and beautifully glazed. Now, if that's not an intensive 3 hours of creative play I don't know what is!
Look at the journey below!
Clay is an amazingly therapeutic material. Because it is so tactile it requires us to use many senses at the same time, focusing the mind and releasing all the thoughts and stresses of the day. You've heard people talk about being in the 'present moment'? Well for many, creating is indeed a form of meditation and especially wonderful because you end up actually producing something physical at the end of it too! Something you have created with your own hands!
If you are interested in learning how to create with clay or make a project become a reality then contact me and I can arrange sessions tailored specifically to your needs. Sessions are £30 per hour with kiln firings £5 each. I can instruct and guide you on many different techniques, combining them to make something beautifully unique and made by your own hands! Just think, if Tom aged 8 years can produce this amazing piece, what could you be capable of?!
There's only one way to find out...
Here's to a creative and inspiring 2018!
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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