If you’re looking for the chance to be able to learn the fundamentals of working with clay … or gain a skill in ceramics that can be shared with friends and family … or attain the means to come-up with something from clay that could be turned into a business … THE CERAMICS COURSE could be the answer. TCC can teach you the fundamentals of clay working—from the comfort of your own home—to be able to coil-, pinch-, slab-build clay, along with being able to glaze your finished pieces. It is a great way to get into working in ceramics, with maximum comfort convenience. And clay working is an ever popular field with plenty of opportunities for expanding and specializing one’s craft once the fundamentals have been grasped. TCC’s Introduction To Ceramics Hand-Working contains twenty-one tutorial videos. Every video comprehensively covers the relevant exercises relating to the three fundamental clay hand-working techniques. The videos provide instructions for “hands-on” training—you build a final ceramic piece combining all of the fundamental technicues.
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Features of Handworking
Handworking is the term used for the ceramic technique where hands are employed in the shaping of clay. Artists rely mostly on their hands and the material. Pinching, coiling or slab constructions are all mechanical elements of this technique. Pieces which are made through handworking technique can be sintered by firing in kiln or drying in the sun.
Different ceramic glazes and ceramic painting techniques can be later applied for final decorative purposes.
Pinch pots are often the first forms created when starting to work with clay.
- Pots are constructed by pinching the clay into your desired shape and using no other tools.
- The pinching technique if simple and easy therefore a great technique to learn.
- The technique is limited most pinched items will be small usually a pot or cup, however, larger pots can be made.
Coiling is a simple technique but it can produce fantastic results.
- By using coils a piece is formed and built up into its desired shape and size, coiled pieces can be tiny or huge and the coils may or may not be welded together it depends on the desired surface effect.
- One of the benefits of coiling is that you are not restricted on form or size so any shape can be created.
- No extra tools are needed to create a piece but they can help to finish the design i.e. to completely smooth out the surface area or leave it textured.
The slab technique is a slightly more advanced technique then pinching or coiling.
- Slab pots are harder to produce as the clay you use needs to be wet enough to produce strong seams but also firm enough to be able to hold its own weight when vertical. The joints in slab pieces are more likely to crack or split when drying or firing so extra care is needed when building the piece.
- The benefits of slab working are that it can create more angled shapes which cannot be produced on the wheel.