On the 2nd March I ran my second workshop at Bodnant Art Studio. The participants brought along a range of inspiration from the Chrysler Building to the buildings of Carcassonne and the leaning tower of Pisa. working in a red crank clay the buildings took shape over the day. I then brought the finished pieces home to dry out and have a high earthenware firing.
On 18th August I will be running a one day workshop at Bodnant Art Studio. The theme will be land and seascape vessels, the image shows work made by participants on a similar workshop last summer. Contact the studio directly to book place.
From the 21st to 23rd January I will be at Scotland's Trade Fair at the SEC in Glasgow. This is the first time I've attended a show other than BCTF, the last pots are in the kiln and I'm sorting out price lists with some new pieces and then we just need to pack the car and drive up to Glasgow.
September and it's time for Helfa Gelf when artists and makers across North Wales open their studio doors to enlighten you to their processes, range of work and creative spaces; including purpose built studios, garden sheds and kitchen tables. There is often cake, tea and coffee on offer too!
I am opening on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Saturday 23rd from 11am to 5pm.
There is normally enough parking for two cars, one on the driveway and one in front of the house. All details can be found by following this link; helfagelf.co.uk/artists/kirsti-brown
The other artist open in Hawarden/ Mancot is; helfagelf.co.uk/artists/alexandra-symons
May and June 2017
Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve
Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5HQ
Working under the guidance of ceramics artist Kirsti Hannah Brown, you will be shown how to use hand-building techniques in order to make functional and decorative items for your home or as gifts.
These workshops are suitable both for beginners and for those with some experience of working with clay. As each one has a different focus, they can be booked separately.
Thursday 18th May – Candle lanterns inspired by architecture
Thursday 15th June – Hand-built drinking vessels
Timings for each workshop: 9.45am arrival for a 10am start; finish at 2pm.
Cost of workshops: £55 (£20 deposit) each, per person.
Prices include all materials and firings. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.
Work will be available for collection 2 to 4 weeks after completion.
Postage can also be arranged, costed separately.
To book a place please contact me via the contact form: www.kirstibrownceramics.co.uk/purchasing.html
As you enter Rhydymywn on the A541 from Mold, Nant Alyn Road is on your left, opposite a garage that sells cars. The Nature Reserve is on the left, a short distance up Nant Alyn Road. There are gates, but they will either open or there is an intercom. Park in the car park on the right and sign in at reception then walk up to the community building on the right.
Images of ceramics made during 2017 workshops
As part of Ruthin Craft Centre's Making Connections Ceramics; A Craft Journey project I was asked to run a variety of workshops and classes.The first were drop in sessions where more than 50 pinch pots were made by both children and adults using terracotta clay then decoration was added using mark making tools, handles were added and other decorative details such as flowers, dots and holes. The variety of pieces made was impressive and there was a positive engagement with a wide age range in some cases families all sat down together to make a group of pots.
These have all now been fired and have been returned to the craft centre for collection.
Photographs show the pots drying out and then the warm colour of fired terracotta.
Ceramic hand building workshop in Rhydymwyn, Flintshire, North Wales
The next hand building workshop will be based on architectural forms to create candle lanterns. Using slab or coil vessel to build a shape based on a favourite building. The piece will then be pierced through to create holes to let out the light.
Where- Rhydymwyn Nature Reserve, Flintshire
When- Thursday 18th May 10am - 2pm (arrive 9.45 for coffee or tea )
The cost of the course will be £55 to include materials and firing a £20 deposit is required to reserve a place. Use the contact form to make an enquiry or to book a place.
The following workshop will be on 15th June when the focus will be on hand built drinking vessels, all details remain the same.
Below are some of the slab built pieces from the workshop in March.
Packing up now for the BCTF 2017 2nd to 4th April. New work including planters and wall pieces as well as my figure bottles. Looking forward to a busy few days.
I have booked the community space in at Rhydymwyn Nature Reserve for two more Thursday sessions in late spring to run further ceramic hand building workshops.
The dates are 18th May and 15th June 9.30am until 2pm with coffee, tea and biscuits included as well as clay and firings. £55 per session.
Some of the work from the pinch and coil session in January