Short Courses Autumn 2020

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

Just released – dates for short courses this Autumn- see  below for dates and times. Please note in the event of any new Covid restriction full refunds will be given

three day Large scale ceramics
26th 27th 28th Oct
10am to 4pm

This is an exciting new short course for anyone who is interested at having a go at being building something large with clay. It could be a garden sculptural work or a giant planter or vase. You could try a bird bath or even a fountain.You will be able to use a combination of techniques to best suit your idea and help will be at hand to guide you to your goal. There is a range of suitable clay here to use and you will only be charged for what you use. You will be shown worked examples from around the garden and in the many books I have here in the studio.Cost for the 3 days £270 plus materials (bag of clay starts from £25 including firing)
6 spaces

New Raku and Smoke fire Course
17th 18th 31st Oct
10am to 4pm

New for early autumn a three day 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. You also can bring some ready made pieces to fire. There will also be a sawdust kiln and an adaptation of a pit fire on the Saturday. Bring along a packed lunch and a flask of tea or coffee to keep you going, an apron and your own towel Spaces are limited, so don't delay. Cost £310 includes all materials (deposit of £50 secures your space)
5 spaces

Getting the best from Paper Porcelain
13th and 14th Nov
10am to 4pm

Paper porcelain is a very versatile strong and flexible clay. The reinforcing paper fibres allow it to be stretched and folded without tearing and can easily be repaired even when dry. This course will help you get the best from the material. We will use various hand building techniques and approaches to your project. We also will try adding coloured stains to the clay to make nerikomi and agateware.
The course will be led by Jenny Williamson and is suitable to both beginners and more experienced potters. The work you make will be fired and dipped in a transparent glaze and available in a couple of weeks. You will need to bring a packed lunch , a flask of tea or coffee if you want as well as an apron hand towel and a mask
Cost £225 includes materials
A deposit of £50 secures your place
6 spaces

One Day Throwing Courses
Saturday 3rd Oct And Saturday 7th Nov
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 five to keep in line with distancing measures, 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. Bring along a packed lunch to keep you going any flask of tea or drink, an apron , towel and face mask. Spaces are limited, so don't delay. Cost £100 (deposit of £25 secures your space)

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Weekend and Weekly Courses

Weekday Courses

Due to Covid I have had to change my ongoing ceramics courses. They now run for 6 week blocks and are two hours and a half hours long. I clean thoroughly between each class. 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 6 participants so everyone gets a bit of individual attention. A wide range of glazes and clay are available. Cost is £180 for the six weeks with clay sold separately by the bag including firing and glazing Times Monday Evenings 700pm to 930pm Tuesday Morning 915am to 1145am Tuesday Afternoon 1230pm to 3pm Tuesday Evening 7pm to 930pm
New Wednesday morning 10am to 1230pm Wednesday Evening 7pm to 930pm Thursday Evening 7pm to 930pm 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.

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 (at the moment only using five to keep social distance) 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 £100 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 six 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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