Our daughter, Holly, loves anything crafty, and the messier she gets — the better! And myself, despite a love of painting, usually that’s where my involvement in art stops these days. So, when Leanne told me that she had booked Holly and I on to a taster ceramic workshop, I was more than a little surprised.
Ceramics Tasters are workshops designed to let you have a go at pottery. They are typically two to four hours long and they are one to one, to enable you to be personally tutored, whatever your skills or level of creativity.
Joy Gibbs Price is an artist who specialises in ceramics. With a workshop based in Mattersey, she offers ceramics workshops, including parent and child sessions. These are designed to give you a private session of creative fun tailored to your needs, for children aged eight to 16 years.
Holly and I went along on a sunny Saturday afternoon, for just a couple of hours and we were both surprised to be able to make three items each in such a short space of time.
With Joy’s expert tuition, we started off with making a rounded plate, with the help of a press. It was the simplest of the three pieces and it eased us in to working with the clay, which I haven’t handled since I was at school — and that’s going back some years, let me tell you!
Usually within the session you will work both on a hand built piece and have a go on the potters’ wheel to have a taste of the different building methods. And this we did for our next item. Joy helped us both by throwing the clay on to the wheel and then it was over to us to centralise the clay on to the wheel with our hands, keeping up the pressure, before inserting our thumbs to then create the hole which gives the bowl or cup its internal cavity. I found the wheel much more difficult to get right than Holly did, who was well away and I think could become quite good under Joy’s one-to-one coaching. Yet although I struggled, we both enjoyed the experience immensely. I was surprised that I also found the afternoon quite therapeutic — when you are so focused and concentrating on just that one task, there’s no room to think of anything else and you end up relaxing in to the moment. We both made a plate and two bowls each and if you look at the photo — you will see just exactly how much better Holly was than myself — her items are at the front of the photo! At the end of our session, Joy kept back our three ‘expertly created’ (ahem) pots, which she then glaze fired with a basic glaze.
Group bookings are a great way to celebrate a special event or reward great work. Ceramics workshops make great retirement, Christmas, birthday, anniversary and leaving gifts, as well as alternative hen parties and away day events for small teams. If you’re looking for a new hobby or to experience something a little bit different, we can highly recommend Joy’s taster sessions.
Joy Gibbs Price Ceramics