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Curious Eye Pottery

Understanding Underglaze 6 Week workshop!

Understanding Underglaze 6 Week workshop!

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Class Runs Monday Feb 6 to Monday March 13th. 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

@ Curious Eye Studio  (near Main & 2nd) Downtown Vancouver 


Looking to Expand your skills in Surface Decoration? This workshop is for you!

Understanding Underglaze is your key to unlocking endless ways to add colour and design to your pieces! You do NOT need to be an illustrator to get the most out of using an underglaze on your ceramics. Once you have the foundations taught and practiced in this class, you will have a new level of confidence to take your ideas and bring them to life.

Brooke from Curious Eye pottery has been working with Ceramics for four years. She has a unique style and an undying passion for pottery! Brooke loves bringing a new take on surface decoration with the use of Underglazes to add a unique pop of colour.  Brooke says Colour and Whimsey are the foundation of her work and “If you’re not finding joy in what you’re making, what’s the point!?”

Brooke has worked extensively with Underglazes and worked to master several different techniques, which she’s ready to share with a new group of curious pottery enthusiasts!

In this workshop, Students will cover:

Week 1: Underglaze 101 – Students will learn the basics of underglaze, different types/brands, and how to apply them, expanding their surface decoration knowledge

Week 2: Introducing Water based wax resist to your designs – Students will review their tests from week one and introduce using water-based wax resist to create new patterns and explore different techniques. We will also explore paper resist techniques in our designs. 

Week 3: Using Oil-based wax – Students will learn more about using an oil-based wax resist, explore the technique of “water etching,” and applying to both leather hard and bone-dry clay.

Week 4: Kick it up a notch – Students will learn the technique of “Sgraffito” (carving) with underglazes while also reviewing past tests.

Week 5: Final Project – This session will begin by hand-building plates and platters using GR Pottery Forms. Using various techniques learned throughout the workshop, students will decorate their pieces, preparing them to be fired for the final workshop.

Week 6: Let’s Review – We’ll use this time to review everything learned to date. Glaze our final project pieces and have the chance to test more of their learned skills of some final pieces.

Students will come away from class with the test tiles from each week's exercises and one final project you hand-built and decorated during week 5. Students will leave this workshop confident to continue exploring methods of surface decoration with Underglaze and all it has to offer!

Each workshop takes place over six weeks, at 2.5 hours per class. All clay, underglaze, tools, and supplies for this workshop are provided. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 7 students to ensure lots of 1 on 1 time with your instructor. 

**Clay Experience Required

Care Instructions

Each piece of pottery is fired at least twice in the kiln. This part of the process vitrifies the clay so that it is no longer porous. That means nothing can be absorbed into the ceramic. Hand washing will always extend the life of any piece however, all of my functional work (mugs/tumblers, etc) is dishwasher & microwave safe.

* Exception: If your piece has gold on it, do NOT microwave or put in the dishwasher

Two questions I get a lot:

Red wine and coffee: will these drinks will stain your pots? I can say wholeheartedly that I have personally tested this very thoroughly, staining is not an issue.

Hot drinks in tumblers: tumblers can be used for both hot and cold drinks. It comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a handle for your hot drinks, a mug is the way to go.

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