Wild Pottery Level 2
4/5/6 August 2018
10.30am-4.30pm each day
Venue: we’ll be based in 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland, on a family-run working farm. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Dernwood Farm Waldron, Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
On this 3-day course you’ll learn how to make wild pottery using clay you dig from the woods, decorate it with natural pigments and then fire it in a clamp kiln. Clamp kiln firing is a more complex technique than the open firing we do in Wild Pottery Level 1. And because it burns hotter and longer, it results in stronger pots.
This course provides an understanding of all the processes involved in making wild pottery, and gives you a hands-on appreciation of the origins of this craft. The tools, equipment and technology we’ll be using are, as far as is known, the same as those used since Neolithic times, when pottery began, and well into the Bronze age.
The making: the whole of the first day will be for making your pots. You’ll dig your own clay from the site, as you did on Level 1, but you’ll prep it slightly differently this time. You’ll learn more complex construction techniques for your pots than you did on Level 1 and will also be able to consolidate your existing skills. Natural pigments will be available for you to decorate your pots if you wish (another development from Level 1). Examples of pots made this way will be there to inspire you, and technical assistance will be on hand from Ruby.
The firing: the second and third days are for the firing of your pots. On the second day we’ll set up the clamp kiln, which is very much a group activity as there are different stages and materials involved. Once the kiln is up and running, it will burn through the night to the following day. At times we’ll need to keep a close eye on the kiln and monitor its progress. At other times there’ll be a chance to enjoy some down time in the beautiful woods. Finally, you’ll extract your pots, clean them up… and take them home with you.
We’ll also have time set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the time a nourishing as well as a learning experience. Places limited to a maximum of 10 people to ensure individual attention.
Please note that Wild Pottery Level 1 is a prerequisite for this course. If you have not already attended the level 1 course, you can book a place on Wild Pottery Level 1 here
Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners.
Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.