Short Courses Winter /Spring 2020

All my classes are held in my fully equipped North London Studio (See map below)

Just released – dates for short intensive summer courses- see  below for dates and times. 

New three day Beginners Pottery-Introduction to Ceramics
2nd May 9th May and 16th May 1030am to 430pm

This is a new short course for anyone who is interested at having a go at being creative with clay. You will be shown the basics of hand building and using the wheel. This class offers a rounded experience of with a chance to explore throwing and turning pots adding handles and glazing your work. Spaces are limited to six, so everyone will have a wheel and receive expert one to one tuition and guidance. You can keep the pieces that you are happy with and have them fired. There is a charge of £4 per kilo for this. Fresh coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day. Bring along a packed lunch to keep you going, and an apron will also be handy. Spaces are limited, so don't delay.
This course will be led by my colleague Jenny Williamson who has been working with me this year. It is also open to accompanied children 11years and above Cost £250 deposit of (£50 secures your space )
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New Raku and Smoke fire Course
28th 29th May 6th June

New for early summer a comprehensive guide to raku and smoke firing techniques. This is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about how to get the best from raku firing including glazes and burnished polished smoke infused surfaces. the first two days will be building pots in suitable clay and hands on demonstration of surface effects. There will also be a sawdust kiln and an adaptation of a pit fire on the Saturday. Fresh coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day. Bring along a packed lunch to keep you going, and an apron will also be handy. Spaces are limited, so don't delay. Cost £300 includes all materials (deposit of £50 secures your space)
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New dates Just Released
3 day throwing course
6th 7th 8th April
10am to 4pm

This three day course is open to both beginners and intermediate levels of potters. You will be guided through centering the clay and opening different forms on the wheel. You will go though a more in depth exploration with a chance to try different clay and learn how to turn the leather hard pots. You also will have a chance to use slip decorating techniques to build coloured and textured surfaces on to your pieces. You can keep any pieces that you wish and have them fired for a small fee of £4 per kilo. Tea and coffe supplied throughout the day but you will need to bring a packed lunch an apron and an old towel. Space are limited to six. Cost £240 (deposit of £50 secures the place)
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One Day Throwing Courses
More dates coming soon
1030am to 430pm

These one day classes are an ideal introduction to the wheel or can offer a chance to improve your technique. Spaces are limited to six, so everyone will have a wheel and receive expert one to one tuition and guidance. You can keep the pieces that you are happy with and have them fired. There is a charge of £4 per kilo for this. For more advanced students who want to try porcelain you can buy a bag and have a go. Fresh coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day. Bring along a packed lunch to keep you going, and an apron will also be handy. Spaces are limited, so don't delay. Cost £95 (deposit of £25 secures your space)
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Weekend and Weekly Courses

Weekday Courses

My ongoing ceramics courses run for 12 weeks and are two hours long. These run by the term and are very popular. Participants get a chance to re enrol at the end of each term. When anything becomes available I post on the newsletter.Classes are small and friendly limited to 11 participants so everyone gets a bit of individual attention. A wide range of glazes and clays are available. Cost is £210 for the term with clay sold separately by the bag including firing and glazing Times Monday Evenings 730pm to 930pm Tuesday Morning 930am to 1130am Tuesday Afternoon 1230pm to 230pm Tuesday Evening 730pm to 930pm Wednesday Evening 730pm to 930pm Thursday Evening 730pm to 930pm All Full at the moment Please note that when you sign up for the ongoing courses you are committing to be there for the term. Classes cannot be transferred to other days to make up for times when you cannot attend. I also cannot issue refunds once the course has started.
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Weekend Course - Throwing

The throwing classes are open to all levels and are a great way to make big improvements on your wheel ability. There are six wheels so spaces are limited and plenty of individual attention is guaranteed. The classes run throughout the year usually once a month. Times are from 1030am to 430pm and cost is £95 for a one day course. There is a £4 per kg charge for pieces that you wish to keep and get fired.

Weekend Course - Raku Firing

The raku process is fast and exciting. There is something very satisfying about seeing the glazes melt and the kiln opening with glowing bright orange pots then covering with leaves and sawdust. In the raku day classes you bring your own pieces to be fired. Times 1030am to 430pm cost for the day £100. Limited to seven participants

Location Of Ricky Grimes Ceramics Studio

Directions to Studio 104 Alexandra Rd N10 2EX

The studio is off the main roads in a residential area in Muswell Hill next to the golf course and near the North Circular. It takes about ten minutes from the nearest bus stop to walk here. If driving there are usually spaces across from the house. I request that if you can to park here. Please do not block the driveway. If coming for the first time you will find, to the right of the house a gate. Follow the path around to the rear of the house and you will find the studio.

From Highgate Station catch bus 134 or 43 to Muswell Hill and get off at Wilton Rd stop on Colney Hatch Lane. Cross at the zebra crossing and follow Sydney Rd all the way to Oak Avenue. Turn right on to Oak Avenue then turn left at the top on to Alexandra Rd. 104 is about 200m down on your left

From Bounds Green Station catch bus 102 or 299 to Muswell Hill getting off at St Andrews Church. Cross here and take Windermere Rd to the end and turn left on to Grosvenor Rd. At the top of the road there is a barrier to prevent cars passing. You can either turn right down Forest Walk taking the footpath leading you on to Alexandra Rd, or continue down Wetherill Rd and turn right on Sydney Rd. From here follow directions above

From North Circular take junction for B550 signed Muswell Hill. Go in direction of Muswell hill then take second turn on left Hampden Rd. Follow all the way to the end then take a left on to Sydney Rd. At the end of Sydney Rd take a right on to Alexandra Rd and 104 is 300m along on the right.

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