Explore Ceramics

27th September - 18th October 10:00am - 1:00pm


*Fully Booked* - please contact the Palace to be added to the waiting list.

Join us for a fun and comprehensive introduction to working with ceramics. You will learn about many of the different techniques used in pottery and will come away with a collection of wonderful pieces you have created. Each 3-hour session is designed to be fun as well as educational.

The first week will be an introduction to working with clay. You will learn the fundamentals of press moulding and slab building with clay, and explore creating textures in clay and simple items such as coasters, dishes, jewellery and vases.

The second week will be an introduction to glazing using your bisque-fired pieces from week one – you’ll explore the various colours that can be obtained from glazes and the method of applying them.

In the third week, you will have the chance to throw on the wheel, and learn about decorating with coloured clays, called slips. You’ll also create a set of tiles.

In week four, you will have the opportunity to make a sculptural or functional item of your choice, this can be a piece of your own design or something inspired by the Palace and Gardens.

You do not need to have any prior experience of pottery or ceramics, but equally you should enjoy the course if you have worked with clay before.

Stable Yard Room

27th September to 18th October, Fridays, 10am - 1pm, 
£95 + materials

Includes 10% discount voucher for The Bishop’s Table café.

Materials cost: materials costs are payable to the tutor directly and range from £10 - £40 depending on the items made.

Course Tutor: Kim Birchall.

Kim works out of Nunney Pottery in Somerset creating ceramics and glassware, her most recent body of work focuses on using stunning crystalline glazes. Kim is also passionate about sharing her skills and introducing other people to glass and ceramics. She runs regular courses from her Somerset workshop, is a visiting lecturer at universities and runs masterclasses at other venues.

Book online HERE, via phone (01749 988111), or at the Palace Shop.