Wimbles Farm - Ceramic Courses

Regular 5 weekly classes for non-residents

Are you looking for a creative pottery break in East Sussex? I provide a well-equipped, heated barn studio space, lively demonstrations, fun tuition & guide you through traditional skills from hand building to wheel throwing on 3 electric or a kick wheel. Try throwing a pot or make a piece of contemporary sculpture for house or garden.

Choose from different clay bodies, add slip decoration or underglaze colours. Incorporate recycled glass or transfers if desired. I have plenty of inspirational pots, photos and books to spark your ideas but do bring your own if you have something specific in mind.

The ceramics are bisque fired after drying, in an electric kiln ready for you to return to decorate & glaze. Some plastic aprons are provided but you’ll need short finger nails and old, warm clothes are best.

Great idea for artistic hen parties or special birthday breaks – gift vouchers available on request!

Price for Non-Residential Pottery classes

  • Available Tuesday morning 10.00-12.00 or Tuesday evening 19.00-21.00 with refreshments
  • Minimum 10 week commitment – £220 payable in advance
  • Adults or children over 12 years, all abilities welcome

Pottery Tutor – Sue Ramsay-Smith

Susan is an ecological potter processing the Weald clay from her farm to produce a unique, ferrous rich, textured, contemporary material which is a challenge to work with but produces some great surprises like firing to stoneware. She combines thrown and handbuilt components to create vessels or sculptural work.

Recently Susan was researching the local iron heritage and creating pig iron cannons on wooden, wheeled carriages and ceramic gunstone sculptures based on a 32 pound cannon ball she found. Indigenous wildlife like Bufo Bufo the common toad captivate her each year when they emerge from their earth homes to migrate back to the lake, so they often feature as a textured surface or mottled glaze.

The interest in experimenting with wild clay was stimulated by Anne Mette from Bornholm. There is a connection with Charlotte Pack who highlights the plight of species on the endangered list. David Nash’s 200 series exhibition encouraged Susan to create a map of walks taken to the nearby clay and ironwork sites painted using only found, ground minerals and earth slips.

Using resident clay is primordial and combines her ancestral landscape, together with materiality and process. The individual style of each piece evolves as she discovers the clay’s geological qualities. She has been using clay as a medium for over 25 years and is still excited by its metamorphosis, from a lump of earth into a delicate but strong, functional, sculptural, matt, shiny, smoked, smooth or textured, large or small object. All depending on the decisions and skills of the craft person, water and fire – the magic of alchemy!

 

Woman doing pottery
Pottery class