Wild Pottery Level 2
Next course: 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 earth 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 first day is the making day. You’ll dig your own clay from the site and make one or two pieces. Examples will be on hand to inspire you, and this is also an opportunity for you develop the making skills you gained on the Level 1 course. Technical assistance will be on hand from Ruby. We’ll also have natural pigments you can decorate your pots with, which is a development from Level 1.
The second day starts with setting up the clamp kiln, very much a group activity as there are different stages involved. In the afternoon, while we keep an eye on the kiln, we’ll be joined by guest tutor Anna Richardson, a wild food specialist who will offer activities that include processing acorns. Anna is a much-loved local teacher published author.
The third day we’ll check on the progress of the kiln and cook up our acorns and other wild foods, which we’ll share together for lunch. By the afternoon the pots should be ready to extract and take home with you, containing some of the wild food you’ll have prepared.
We’ll also have time set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the three days a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Places limited to a maximum of 10 people. 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: make a long weekend of it. 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.