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Ceramics for Beginners

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Learn the fundamentals of pottery in this 8 week beginner's class where you will be guided on how to create a range of ceramic items such as mugs, bowls and boxes, using a variety of techniques including hand-building, wheel-throwing, decorating, firing, glazing and finishing.

Each lesson will begin with a demonstration by experienced tutor Kerrie Docker, before individual students break out into workstations to learn and master the various stages of pottery production. All students will spend time on the pottery wheels, as well as working on individual hand-built projects utilising slab and coil construction.

In the first few weeks of the course, each student will complete a hand built project and wheel thrown pot each class. In the final weeks of term, projects will be painted, decorated and glazed, ready to take home.

The course will be held at Albury TAFE campus, with students having access to the full suite of tools and equipment in the large purpose built studio. Course fee includes all materials and equipment.

Presented in partnership with Riverina TAFE.

Meet the Tutor: Kerrie Docker

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Kerrie fell in love with ceramics at Secondary School and followed her passion into an Arts degree majoring in Ceramics at Bendigo College of Advanced Education in the late 1980's.

While inspired by many great international potters, including the English Masters, Kerrie's main influences have been people that she has worked with personally in the local area.

She has been producing Tableware, Exhibition pieces and Commissions since 1990 and continues to grow and refine her technique with each new project. She is particularly drawn to wheel thrown work and enjoys creating functional items that have great line, lift and balance. Kerrie has also delved into sculptural work, murals and tiling.

Kerrie's studio is a century old shearing shed on her family's farm. It is here that she disappears into her creative world and emerges with unique pieces that are in her distinct style.

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