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Student Work: Greenwich Community College


Some examples of student work from the evening class at Greenwich Community College, using a “5 second” plate technique:

  1. Roll out the clay to an even thickness using guides.
  2. Imprint textured fabric by rolling onto clay and then removing it.
  3. Place the mold on the clay and cut around the perimeter.
  4. Place the cut out clay on a sponge, face up.
  5. Press the mold onto the clay on the sponge.
  6. Place the plate on a board, let it harden, and sponge the edges.

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Example using cobalt carbonate wash and clear glaze, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique and finish, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making with different glazes, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making with different glazes, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Student work using the same technique for making, ‘greenwich green’ glaze, fired to 1260 degrees.

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Thrown plates, decorated using oxides and underglaze colour, clear glazed, fired to 1260 degrees.


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Beginners First Thrown Pots


Examples of first ever thrown work from the ceramics evening classes I’m currently teaching  at Greenwich Community College, using the “no centering method” taught to me by Takeshi Yasuda.

Bone dry                                                             Leatherhard

Raw stoneware clay thrown one week, then turned the next, when the work has become “leatherhard”,  meaning stiff enough to turn upside down, recentre and using turning tools, make a foot ring.

Well done everyone, how different they will look when glazed and ready to take home to enjoy.

Here are links for how to join next terms classes type ceramic courses into this link


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12 Types of Clay


chart showing 6 different sorts of clay at different stages raw,1,000,1080, and 1260

chart showing 6 different sorts of clay at different stages raw,1,000,1080, and 1260

I made this chart of the 12 types of clay available in the ceramics workshop at Camberwell College of Art UAL.
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The workshop facility is used by students from all disciplines who do not necessarily have any ceramics knowledge.

The chart is similar to the one I made for the ceramics workshop at Wimbledon College of Art showing each clay in its varying states, from raw, 1000 bisque to earthenware and stoneware glaze temperatures.

terracotta half face glazed with stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

terracotta half face glazed with stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

 

terracotta half face glazed with earthenware clear glaze and fired to 1080

terracotta half face glazed with earthenware clear glaze and fired to 1080

 

terracotta bisque 1000

terracotta bisque 1000

 

raw terracotta

raw terracotta

 

parian half face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

parian half face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260

 

this is the technicians favourite parian at raw stage

this is the technicians favourite parian at raw stage

 

camberwell buff  half of face  glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260 to show colour change and shrinkage

camberwell buff
half of face glazed with clear stoneware glaze and fired to 1260 to show colour change and shrinkage

 

 

camberwell buff raw

 


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Beekeepers on the Isle of Dogs


Published in Spitalfields Life, by Delwar Hussain.

Manda Helal – Beekeeping volunteer

Excerpt:

I am a gardener and I wanted to learn more about bees. I heard there will be a problem with our food if we don’t have enough bees. I like the slowness of it all. Watching the bees, being busy, busy, busy. But the honey itself weighs a tonne – it takes strength. They all look so happy. You don’t see them as individuals, but as a collective. It’s all of them working together that makes it work. If they were to break off from the rest, it wouldn’t work. It’s fascinating.

Enjoy!


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More Raku


This Om design is brushed with wax resist, then the plate is dipped in white crackle glaze.
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The wax resists the glaze and gets smoked black in sawdust.
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Lighthouse before glazing.
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Lighthouse white crackle glaze and wax resist producing black areas of smoke.
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Dragonfly unglazed.
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Dragonfly glazed with copper lustre and reduced in sawdust.
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Examples of work using coloured slips and sgraffito before bisque firing, and clear raku glaze.

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Family.
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Another family.
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Raku Course, Greenwich Community College, 2013


Here are some glaze tests and student work from the raku course that I taught recently at Greenwich Community College.

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Clear raku glaze over blue slip, thrown bowl, student work.

1clear Clear raku glaze test on crank clay body, thrown bowl.

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Naked raku test, crank clay body with white terrasigilata, crack off slip and clear raku glaze.
 
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Copper matt.
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Copper matt too.
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Copper matt face.