This is a great introduction to pottery in a small class with lots of teacher support. The class comprises of both throwing on the wheel and hand building. You will have your own dedicated wheel. This is a fun class and you can expect to be taught how to prepare your clay for throwing on the wheel (known as wedging) after which you will be shown how to centre your clay on the wheel, open your pot and pull up the walls.
You will also be shown how to make pots using hand building techniques involving the manipulation of clay, using the hand only. These techniques are pinching, coiling and slab building. At the end of your class you can keep your best pot which will be fired twice and glazed for you in our lovely studio white glaze. Your pots will be ready for collection three weeks after the class and the collection dates will be listed on the Sak Beh Pottery website two weeks after the class. Happy Potting!
My name is Tessa and my journey into pottery was via the Fine Art Route. On completing a degree in Fine Art, I was accepted at the Royal Academy of Arts where I specialised in sculpture (working and modelling in clay). Following my Fine Art training, I set up studios in Hackney where I continue to live and work.
The move from sculpture to pottery came whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology, at UCL. The focus of my research was Ancient Maya Art. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, I moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, I set up Sak Beh Studio Pottery and am now a full-time potter and maker.
My works are informed by both my Fine Art training and my research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase "Sak Beh" can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path, or road, as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.
Sak Beh Pottery is a maker space in the heart of Stoke Newington.
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