Martin Brockman leads this three day half-term workshop for children, learning about the different clays of Sussex and learn how to build, decorate and fire their own pots.
Monday: Clay Land
Explore the different clays of Sussex collected from the Ashdown Forest through the brick fields of the Ouse Valley and the sea clays at Fairlight.
Using the variety of clays, participants will make pots reflecting the hand building techniques of the early pottery makers, including pinch pots and coiling wares.
Thursday: Clay Decoration
Participants will continue to work on the pieces made in the Clay Land session, as well as experimenting with slab building techniques and a variety of coloured engobe clays. Themes of decoration in different world cultures will be explored in this session.
Friday: Clay Sculpture Fire
Pots made in the Clay Land session will be dry and placed into a paper kiln that will be fired in the museum grounds. Participants can explore taking the pots from the firing and placing into sawdust and seaweeds. While the kiln is firing participants will combine the skills learnt in both the first two sessions to create sculptural bird sculptures in clay.
Please note, the first session is two days apart from the others to allow the work to dry out for more decoration options and firing potential. It is possible to book in just for one of any of the sessions.