Artist Potter - Richard Phethean - Pottery Tutor

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Slipware Summer School, Tresabenn Studio, Cornwall:

A thorough and colourful seven day introduction to terracotta pottery making combining throwing, slab-building, extruding and tile making with surface decoration using coloured clay slips. Students will look at the history and contemporary practice of slipware pottery making, learn to mix and test their own colours, experiment with traditional tools and techniques, study contemporary uses of resist, transfer and layering, and develop personal decorative themes.


Arrival on Saturday morning at 9am for a welcome breakfast and ends at 10am the following Saturday after the kiln opening. Students will be making tiles to create a personal record of slip colours, decorating techniques and glazes, and progessing on to making and refining simple forms on the potter's wheel and/or with slabs, suitable for slip-decorating. There will be a ready supply of prepared terra cotta clay and the studio is open from 9am to 7pm every day. The course end on the Friday evening at 4pm before the last kiln opening and departure on the Saturday morning between 9 and 10am. 

Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th July 2024 ** to book go to Course Bookings.

Fee: £900(**currently on sale until the end of March 2024 - 15% off - £765**) Includes all materials, kiln firing, a welcome breakfast, lunch and refreshments each day. Free or reduced price place for a 16-21year old. Email for details 

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Slipware course 2017


Tresabenn, Lower Kenneggy Lane, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9AP

The 15 x 5 m studio is set in its own gardens and located at Lower Kenneggy, just off the A394 between Penzance and Helston about a mile from the rugged Atlantic coastline in an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are many options for accommodation locally, including B&B, self-catering cottages and apartments, hotels or caravan and camping sites.

Travel by road using the M5 and A30 from Exeter and by rail to Penzance (15 minutes away) or by air to either Newquay (an hour away) or Exeter (two and a quarter hours away).